Beware of Fake Job Offers

Sunday, March 29, 2015
How to spot a fake job offer?

You should be very suspicious of anyone who contacts you by email to offer you a job. These e-mails will usually have some of the following features:
  • Ask for your passport details, or any other personal or financial information
  • Ask you to pay money to help with a visa application
  • Tell you to provide the information quickly
  • Provide only a mobile telephone number
  • Comes from a Google, Hotmail, Yahoo or other internet hosted account. (Even if it seems to come from a company, don’t use the Reply button but instead type in the address manually. If the address changes then it is likely to be a fraud.)
You need to be very careful because sometimes the fraudsters use the photographs and names of real people in companies and also create fake websites that look very similar to the company’s genuine website in order to commit this type of fraud.

What does a fake offer letter look like?
  • Uses public domain IDs (@gmail.com, @yahoo…)
  • Demands a fee in lieu of the offer / interview with HCL
  • Requests personal information – Bank account details, PIN numbers etc. of the candidate
  • Gives an invalid interview location and phone numbers
  • Lacks a proper salutation, and is filled with grammatical and spelling errors
  • Provides sample offers along with the e-mail
What shouldn’t I do when I receive an offer letter from a Company?
  • Do not divulge personal and confidential information without proper verification of the organization or the individual
  • Do not pay money to any individual/agency for an offer/interview
If you come across to any such a situation, please mention in the below comments section as well, we will publish it to public.
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