10 Ways To Detect A Scam Recruitment Agency

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What if you suddenly discover that job offer or interview letter you just received is a scam? Well…that scenario may not be really strange as many had already got their fingers burnt from fake job offers.

This article will enlighten you more and give you tips on how to prevent yourself from becoming prey for this scammers.

Employment scams are all over the place and much more in Nigeria where there are countless graduates roaming the streets, surfing the web looking for a fix. Scammers predates on unsuspicious job hunters who most times fall victims because they are also desperate to get a job. Tony Levene of theguardian.com said, “As the internet continues to evolve, so it offers ever-cheaper and easier methods to operate scams. Typing “graduate job opportunities” into a search engine returns a random mix of legitimate and fraudulent sites”. So how would a novice job seeker find a dream job without getting the fingers burnt? Here are ways you can tell if an offer is a scam.

Job Title or Description is Unclear
An advertised position must be specific, realistic and understandable from the go. If a position doesn’t spell out the role of the employee, you’ll help yourself by staying clear of it. The job title should also correlate with the job description. If you notice any information is been hidden unnecessarily then you may have to walk away.

You’re been asked to pay some money
According to ask metafilter.com if you have to pay for anything to get a job, it’s a scam and anything includes instructional stuff, tests, and interview prep sessions. Legitimate job recruiters levies charges on the companies they hire people for and not the job seeker. Another thing they do is to take a cut of job seekers’ pay checks (that’s after they might have secured the job). In some cases however, it’s the recruiter that is getting the paycheck and just giving the employee the cut. Whichever way, you have to be careful before signing any agreement with a recruitment agency. You must be sure you understand the terms before signing. Ask questions in areas where you are not clear and never pay anyone money to get a job.

Your pictures and personal information are been requested
When you’re been asked to send your photo along with your CV, be sure it’s a scam. No company requests for your photo with CV. All a company needs to shortlist you is your CV and nothing more. Don’t divulge any other information to avoid any case of identity theft or fraud.

It’s a Get Rich quick Scheme
Wages are expected to be reasonable and commensurate with the value of service being expected and the financial strength of an organization. But what can one say is the rationale behind some unrealistic jumbo pay some jobs offer? Jobsearch.about.com advises that you should avoid listings that guarantee you wealth, financial success, or that will help you get rich fast. They are pointers to scams.

You got Unsolicited Job offers
Miracles do happen but it has to come through a link. If you’ve never submitted your CV to a company or website and you got a job offer from them…please be careful. Scammers also look for email lists of job seekers and send unsolicited emails to them for a job that doesn’t exist. Such send you mails more often than not and can even be disturbing you with text messages or phone calls. That itself is unprofessional. Most genuine companies or recruiters won’t disturb you with emails, text messages and phone call. They can only send you reminders at reasonable periods.

You’re been offered transportation to the ‘place of interview’
If you’ve been asked to come to a place that you don’t know then you should run for your life. Scammers can offer to take you in a vehicle to a particular place for interview. Don’t be deceived, never enter any such vehicle. There have been cases where people are disposed of their belongings and left in jeopardy. It is even more dangerous in this era when kidnapping is on the high rise in Nigeria.

The building and interior of the recruitment center looks shoddy
Any well to do recruitment center would do their best to find a suitable environment for their services and since they make lots of money from the companies they recruit for, they have enough to properly furnish their centers to taste. Watch out where you go for recruitment or interview, it shouldn’t be a shack or located in an obscure place.

The email address is inconsistent
According to[b] blog.ngcareers.com[/b], a lot of scammers use common email service providers such as Gmail, Yahoo etc in their email correspondence. For example, a scam email address may look like this; [email protected], [email protected] or[email protected] meanwhile, the domain of GTB is gtbank.com. So you have to check the email address very well to know if it is consistent with the email of the organization it claims to be. You can lay your hand on a genuine product of the organization to be sure the email is correct. You can also check the website and look for their contact email if it is consistent.

There are grammatical errors or spelling mistakes
Genuine recruiters ensures high degree of professionalism in their correspondences therefore finding grammatical errors and spelling mistakes in an email can be an indicator that it’s a job scam. Every professional email should follow email etiquettes and abrupt use of exclamation marks and unnecessary word capitalization are unprofessional. You can also look for their website to spot these inconsistencies.

Before you go far with any job offer or recruitment agency, make sure you research the job and the company properly both online and offline. Look for their site to find how professional it is and whether they have jobs and career information posted on the site. Search for the company name on Google or any other job search directory. Jobsearch.about.com advises that you can go a step further by searching for “company name scam”. This would help you know if a scam has been reported concerning the recruiters or company before.

Source: QuickJobNG