Job Scammers Are Clever, But You’re Smarter
Job scammers might be sly and resourceful, but armed with knowledge, you have the upper hand. Here’s how they typically operate:
- Shiny offers: High salaries with minimal work hours, promises of rapid promotions or benefits that seem overly generous? These can be bait to lure you in.
- Vague job details: Scammers often use generic titles like “remote worker” or “manager” without giving clear descriptions about the role or company.
- Upfront payments: Some scams will ask for money for “training” or “starter kits.” Remember, legit employers pay you, not the other way around.
- Suspicious communication: Be wary of unsolicited job offers in your inbox, especially if they’re riddled with typos or come from generic email addresses.
- No personal interaction: Scammers might avoid video or in-person interviews, preferring to hide behind anonymous chat platforms or emails.
- Immediate offers: Being offered a job right after a brief chat or without a proper interview process? That’s a red flag.
- Data phishing: Scammers might ask for personal or financial information early on, supposedly for “background checks” or “payment setup.”
- Ghost companies: If the “company” has no online footprint, no real office address or a lot of negative reviews, be cautious.
- High-pressure tactics: If they’re pushing you to make decisions quickly, especially regarding money or personal information, it’s time to step back.
Applying for a Job at Brafton? Here’s What We’ll Never Do
Great choice! But before we move forward, let’s make sure you know a few things we absolutely don’t do.
- Ask for payment: This is something that needs to be emphasized — job applications should never cost you money. We won’t ask for fees, upfront costs or any form of payment as part of our hiring process or when working with freelancers.
- Request personal financial info: Things like bank details or credit card numbers? Those are a no-go. The only time financial information might be discussed is after an official job offer has been extended and for the specific purpose of setting up your payroll.
- Ask for work without a contract: We do work with freelancers, but we will always send you a formal Freelance Agreement before getting started. If you don’t receive this six-page document through an established electronic signature company (like Dropbox), it’s not us.
- Use generic email addresses: All our official communications come from @brafton.com/.co.uk/.com.au/.de email addresses. If you receive a job offer or communication from a generic email domain (like @gmail.com), that’s not us.
- Avoid real interviews: We value face-to-face interactions. While preliminary discussions might be over the phone or email, we’ll always have an in-depth, personal interview process, be it in-person or via video calls.
- Offer a job without an interview: You’re valuable, and we want to get to know you. We’ll never offer a position without a thorough interview process.
Think You’ve Been Scammed? Take Action Now
Realizing you may have been duped can be jarring and distressing. If you suspect you’ve encountered a job scam, here’s how to take action:
- Don’t panic: It’s essential to stay calm and clear-headed. This will help you proceed with the right steps moving forward.
- Cease communication: If you’re still in contact with the suspected scammer, stop all communications immediately.
- Protect personal information: If you’ve shared any personal or financial information, you need to change passwords, inform your bank and monitor your accounts closely for any unusual activity.
- Document everything: Keep a record of all communications, including emails, texts and any other correspondence. This will be valuable when you report the scam.
- Report it: Contact your local police or relevant cybercrime unit. Many countries have dedicated units for online scams (see below). Additionally, notify the job board or website where you found the fake job listing.
- Warn others: Share your experience (while maintaining your privacy) on online platforms, forums or social media to help prevent others from falling for the same scam.
- Educate yourself: Stay updated about common job scam tactics to protect yourself in the future.
Who To Contact if You Suspect a Job Scam
If you believe you’ve encountered a job scam or have been a victim, it’s vital to report it. Here’s who to reach out to based on your location:
- Generally, your local or national police department will have a cybercrime or fraud unit. Always consider reaching out to them to report suspicious activities.