As you’re scouring Indeed for a new gig, you come across what seems like a perfect role. It’s a work-from-home opportunity, and you’re free to set your own schedule. For just 20 hours a week, the ad says, you can make $8000 a month!
It seems too good to be true — because it is.
If you’ve ever searched for work on a job board — and, in this day and age, who hasn’t? — you’re likely familiar with these job scams. The scammers pose as employers promising easy cash, but all they really want to do is steal your identity and drain your bank account.
Job scams are sadly common today. By some estimates, there are as many as 70 scam ads for every one legitimate work-from-home opportunity on a job board. At least 17 percent of job seekers have been scammed at least once, and millennials are more likely to fall for scams than job seekers of other ages, according to FlexJobs.
The good news is there are steps you can take to identify scams before they have a chance to snag your personal information. For example, the new infographic from Resume.io offers a handy flowchart you can follow to determine whether or not an opportunity is genuine. Check it out below:
Matthew Kosinski is the managing editor of Recruiter.com.