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How to Spot A Job Scam

21 August 2018
Besma Whayeb
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Searching for a job can often be a stressful task, and one that we all want to do as quickly as possible. It makes for the perfect opportunity to get scammed – that may be by an agency, a recruiter, or even a website.

With up to 10% of jobseekers falling for a scam, we wanted to share the telltale signs of a scammer, and also confirm who you can trust.

1. The Email Scam

We have all encountered an email scam at some point. They’re usually easy to distinguish – coming from an unknown sender, with strange content and even worse, a dodgy attachment. You would normally mark the email as junk, and move on, right?

When looking for a job, many of us sign up to lots of different job websites and newsletters. FOMO (or fear of missing out) is strong when it comes to job opportunities! It makes it easy to lose track as to who has your email address, and which emails are legitimate.

At AdView, we work hard to capture almost every single job listing online. We list millions of job opportunities every week, meaning you don’t need to sign up to lots of random websites. Register here to stay up to date with everything that’s going on in your industry.

If you’re already in a bit of an email tangle, here are the warning signs to look out for:

  • Emails asking you for personal details, especially those you wouldn’t put on your C.V., or bank details
  • Bad spelling and grammar – definitely not from a professional source!
  • Lack of personal specification/candidate information

If you spot a dodgy email, make sure to report the source to Safer Jobs, a leading organisation in shutting down job scams. We also help to do this from our side – you’ll notice us on their Partners page!

2. The Pay to Work Scam

If fraudsters can’t get your personal details, they may just try to get your money instead. Never trust a recruiter or agency that asks you to pay money up front. Professional recruitment agencies will not ask for payment to find work for you.

It’s in the interest of a recruiter to find you a job – they’ll make a commission, or even a small percentage of the salary that is paid to you. To a recruiter, your talent is the product they are selling to businesses. Never the other way round.

3. The Online-Only Scam

While your job search may start online, you’ll usually get to speak to or meet your potential employer in person. If you find there is no phone or face-to-face contact, this could be a bad sign: they may be scamming you.

Before handing over any personal or financial details, make sure you know your new job is real – and the people are too.

How To Report a Job Scam

Have you, or someone you know, been scammed? If you’re feeling unsure about a current job opportunity, we recommend reporting it to the Action Fraud Team on 0300 123 2040 or visit

They can give you free advice and support, and you’ll also help to crack down on dodgy dealings too.