Top 5 job scam warning signs

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The internet is full of scammers and the next dream online job you have leads on could be a potential scam. You need to be very careful and update yourself so as not to fall into the traps of these scammers.

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The rise in popularity of the gig economy has given birth to a society where working online as a job is a normal occurrence. Online jobs have increased in the recent past with most people taking up online jobs and building careers around it. Unfortunately, the digital space is also a haven for scams. The internet is full of scammers and the next dream online job you have leads on could be a potential scam. To protect yourself, here is a list of red flags that will help you identify fake online jobs and stay safe from job scams. 

1. Job offer without application or interview for the job 

Most reputable employers do not go fishing for employees. They have many people seeking jobs from them instead. It is, therefore, a warning sign when an employer directly contacts you without any initial contact with them, unless it is a credible headhunter. Do not click on links they send you as these links may lead you to websites that have viruses. Legitimate organizations usually give good interview experience that seek to determine if you are capable of the job. These interviews are usually done formally.

2. No contact details

If the website or email of the company or does not include its contacts, the opportunity is highly likely to be a fraud. The use of personal emails by the interviewer is also a sign that the job is not legit.

3. High pay for simple work and unclear wages.

A company that offers a lot of money for little or very simple work is likely to be a scam, be careful if an online job offer seems too good to be true. Lack of clear discussion about the payment is another telltale sign of fraud.

5. Request for initial payments

Be wary of an employer who requires you to send any amount of money to the company in any form. An example of these include companies which ask for registration fees or training fees. They will run off with your money and you won’t be able to contact them. 

4. They seek to know your security codes and bank details 

Online companies should not ask for personal information such as security codes, bank information, and credit card details. You may only give this information once they officially employ you and this should be done through a secure channel. These might be the biggest warning sign because if you make the mistake of carelessly giving these details, fraudsters will have access to your savings.


Fraudsters are always coming up with new methods to scam people online with enticing job offers. Other signs to look out for include; unprofessional communication, unclear description of the job offer, and errors in their emails. You need to be very careful and update yourself so as not to fall into the traps of these scammers.

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    Magdaline | December 16, 2020 13:10

    This is very helpful

    KAKAIRE | December 16, 2020 11:45


    KAWONGOLO | December 14, 2020 20:10

    Sometimes the thirst for a job offer doesn't give time to spot such baits!! Great advise GBU

    Ayo | December 11, 2020 14:41

    Thanks ,its a very helpful article for the job seekers out there, be alert.

    Felix | December 11, 2020 11:31

    Always be careful about jobs that tell you how much the salary is before the job description

    SAMUEL | December 10, 2020 12:43

    Great message especially to jobless youth hungry for employment...they are really falling to scammers. Here is the cure.

    DAVID | December 10, 2020 10:47

    Very helpful

    Lasu | December 10, 2020 10:32

    I like this programs so much thanks

    catherine | December 10, 2020 09:01

    I love the article, have learned a lot . thanks fuzu

    LUCY | December 10, 2020 09:01

    Well said

    FAITH | December 10, 2020 06:48

    I had received a job offer letter with a "reputable multinational" that had so many errors,no interview conducted,unclear huge wages,personal contact instead of the company's.That is how i discovered it was a scam.

    Paul | December 10, 2020 05:50

    Very informative

    Nampewo | December 10, 2020 05:22

    Thanks for this

    Olwonga | December 09, 2020 17:28

    Last year I came over a job post online and they demanded my bank details. Not only that, last week I again came across SEE CROSS SOCIETY JOB POST and in the job describtion, they demand UGX 21,000 with a reason that it is for membersip registration, so I whole heartedly recomend this article to job seekers around the world. The article is really helpful.

    Dominic | December 07, 2020 07:20

    This kind of article is really relevant especially at a time like now where most organizations have shifted to remote working where possible.


    Fuzu | December 07, 2020 08:17

    Well said Dominic!

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