Although I am fairly careful to vet any potential job offers in my current job search, sometimes I miss some tell-tale signs.
I am currently hunting for a job. I received a nice surprise the other day. After many months of looking, I was contacted for a position of the type I wanted. There were several e-mails sent back and forth which culminated in a questionnaire from the company – screener questions. I responded to these questions, just normal interview questions, and returned the questionnaire. The next thing I knew I had a return email from them saying that I was selected for the position and would receive an offer letter to sign. I was never really interviewed.
Almost simultaneously to this. My brother-in-law, who works for the Better Business Bureau (BBB), sent me an article about how the 2nd biggest scam now is that of falsely offering a job, sometimes with a very convincing offer letter. My brother-in-law was nice enough to check this out for me. He probably did a simple Whois on the domain name but had the foresight to do so. It turned out that the domain the scammers were using was created about 2 weeks before I received the letter from them (they used the real company name followed by “careers” and ending in .com – so something like <companyname>careers.com). It turned out when I investigated further that the company itself had a careers site, which was a subdomain of its main site (careers.<companyname>.com). Needless to say, I did not correspond further with this purported company. I did contact the real company and suggested they may want to get the domain in question taken down.
I continue to apply for jobs and hopefully will not come up against this again.
If you are looking for a job or if you are hiring, please be aware that this is happening and check for it. If you are hiring, it is probably good to do a quick search on your company domain every so often so that job seekers who are looking at your company will not fall into this trap.
UPDATE: While searching I discovered another job scam (a little more stealthy this time). It saddens me that along with the burden of seeking a job, one is doubly burdened with the need to research each and every job posting as a possible scam. Some are more blatant than others. It is just a sad state of affairs.
A quick search got me these links about job scams: