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5 online job scams and how to avoid them

5 online job scams and how to avoid them
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Life has become easier in many ways since the internet became accessible to many of our homes. The days of driving all over town to take care of a handful of errands and financial transactions are over.

However, checking errands off your to-do list isn't the only thing you can do online. It's also a great resource to find a part-time or full-time job.

But how do you know if these job listings are real or fake?

That's why you need to know about these five online job scams and how to avoid them.

1. Unclear job description and requirements in unsolicited emails

Lots of fraudulent job listings get sent directly to our email's inbox. The scammers who send them attempt to make the message sound believable and from a legit company. Many times they will include vague job requirements that most anyone would qualify for. Here are a few examples:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have internet access

Pretty much everyone fits those requirements. Another thing to watch out for in these emails is the fact that the job's description is usually either missing or also vague.

These things should never happen with a legitimate company. If it's a serious job opening, the company would definitely tell the potential employee what the actual responsibilities would be.

You shouldn't reply to any unsolicited email that is vague. If you do, most likely you would be falling for a scam.

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