What are they?

Fraudsters often lure job seekers with a fake job opportunity by promising a high income for little to no effort. If the job opportunity seems too good to be true, it probably is.

How they work:

  1. A fraudster posts a fake job opportunity on job boards, such as Indeed and LinkedIn.
  2. The job opportunity often promises high income for little to no effort. Typically these jobs are disguised as work from home opportunities and require no credentials.  
  3. You receive the job opportunity through an expedited hiring process, often without an application or interview.
  4. Your ‘employer’ will ask for your personal and banking information for ‘hiring’ purposes and then use your personal bank account to launder money without you realizing. 

Signs of a job scam

  • The ‘employer’ asks for your credit card number, personal details or banking information
  • The job posting has no contact information or job description
  • The ‘employer’ asks for payment for your training or credit report

How to protect yourself

  • Rush into accepting a job opportunity and be cautious of opportunities that seem too good to be true.

  • Research the company and the job opportunity. By finding the company online and reviewing their online presence including their use of social media, you can gather a better understanding of the legitimacy of the opportunity.
  • Always protect your personal and banking information, such as your Social Insurance Number, credit card number, and passwords.
  • Regularly check your bank statements for any unknown transactions.
  • Ask yourself if the scenario makes sense. Solicit advice from trusted friends and family.