Hiny Umoren is a woman who was raped and murdered after being lured in through a fake job ad. It’s a heartbreaking series of events, and it makes you realize that even unemployed there are still those that are going to target you with their schemes in order to make some quick money.
As a job seeker, one skill that you’ll need to build for your own safety is being able to tell fake (and potentially dangerous) job adverts from legitimate ones. Here are some of the significant red flags that you should be looking out for.
Not Being Able To Find The Company Online
One of the first things that you should do before applying for a job opportunity is to research the company. Starting with a simple Google search can help you find the company’s website or LinkedIn page. If a Google search doesn’t turn up anything, the next thing that you want to do is check the following business directories:
- Africa Business File
- Ghana Yello
- Business Ghana
If nothing turns up still, you might want to consider letting that particular job opportunity go.
Check The Email On The Job Advert
Usually companies have their own organizational emails setup. For example, [email protected] If the email ending ends up being generic (@gmail.com or other) in addition to not finding the company online, then that should raise a huge red flag.
Bad Grammar And Typos In Communications
Although you might find some types on even top company’s communications at times, when typos and bad grammar are a constant in every email that you receive from your prospective company, that can be an early warning sign of fraud. It’s a very real chance that the person sending those emails doesn’t hold the qualifications they may be claiming.
It’s also important to watch how official communications are handled. For example, if you receive a text message saying that you got an interview after an application, that should also raise a red flag. Email is the norm (or a phone call) unless there’s a need for otherwise.
Being Asked To Pay For An Interview
There’s not too much to be said here. The moment that any job opportunity requires you to make a payment of any form, you should end the correspondence right then.
Offers That Are Too Good To Be True
If you’re extremely underqualified for a role or if the perks are too good to be true and you still get an interview, then the next thing you need to do research the job and the company. If a company is willing to pay a lot and offer a lot of perks then they can definitely afford a company website. If you can’t find one, then the entire ad is probably fake.