Whether during a downturn or a robust economy, there are always scammers out there trying to take advantage of job seekers, counting on them being eager to find a job. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, you can avoid falling into their trap.
The following are signs to watch for during a job search that might just mean the person you’re dealing with is after their own payday and not representing a legitimate company.
Fake Email Addresses
Beware of recruiters who contact you using an email address that is not associated with the company they claim to represent. Legitimate recruiters will have a company email address, not a personal or free email account.
Look at the email address carefully. It should contain the company’s website. For example, the Idaho Department of Labor’s website is labor.idaho.gov, and employees all have email addresses ending in @labor.idaho.gov.