How to Identify Fake Job Offers Online

If you’re an aspiring overseas Filipino worker (OFW), one of your first objectives is to apply to as many job vacancies as possible. Maybe even disregard the location; whoever offers the job first becomes your de facto choice job.

If only applying for job is as simple as that. Ideal jobs — those that offer fair wages and favorable career prospects — are hard to come by, age discrimination is widespread, and worse fake jobs easily dupe many unsuspecting job applicants. So how can we detect a fake job posted online? Or at least offer hints of a fraudulent, non-existent employment offer

Jobs whose salaries are way above industry standards
There are job offers that offer outrageous salaries for jobs whose qualifications aren’t so hard to find. “Get paid US$45 per hour to answer phone calls.”

Jobs that are offered right away.
Such job descriptions require no interviews and accept almost unlimited number of applicants.

jobsEveryone qualifies for the job.
“Must be a citizen of the Philippines”, “Must be at least 18”, “Must have Internet connection” and other seemingly catch-all job qualifications are common ingredients of a fishy job offer.

Uses generic email addresses like Gmail or Yahoo!
Not that those who do not use these free email accounts are automatically legit, but the absence of identity in communication medium reduces one’s credibility.

Requests for interview using Facebook or Yahoo! Messenger
Although it is not uncommon for companies to try to connect using Skype or the traditional telephone line, those who use Facebook chat or Yahoo! Messenger don’t appear professional enough and should be dealt with caution.

Unprofessional emails.
Misspellings, all caps all over the place and glaring grammar errors are hallmarks of a fake job offer. We’re fake, so why care about making things right?

Applicants are asked to disclose unrelated personal information.
As a possible front of an identity theft or money laundering syndicate, jobs posted online are also used to fish for personal information such as credit ratings or bank accounts.