The Internet can be a scary place, but here at Workpop, we're building a community of vetted employers so that we can be a safe space for you to apply to jobs. Job scams are common on most major job boards. These people prey on vulnerable job seekers to try and steal their personal data like bank information or social security numbers.
So that you can feel safe when applying to Workpop jobs, we personally moderate each new company that posts a job on Workpop to ensure legitimacy and compliance with our terms of service. We use a multi-step process to verify that the company is real and has a bona fide offer of employment. We see and block these scammers every day, so we’ve been able to identify some key red flags to look out for when interacting with companies over the Internet.
Here are our inside tips for protecting your personal data when applying to jobs on the Internet:
- Do some research on the companies that you want to apply to. Do they have a legitimate website that pulls up easily in a quick Google search or are the search results mixed with reports of job scams?
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Jobs that promise high wages for part-time work, work-from-home positions, or jobs that ask for little to no experience should be red flags for scams. This isn't the case 100% of the time, but it is an indicator that something might not be right.
- Protect your personal information. If an employer contacts you and asks you for personal information before you have met them in person, do not give them any information. Any personal data such as a social security number should only be given for the purposes of filling out legitimate new hire documents like tax forms.
- Interviews should be done in person. If an employer asks you to do an interview via the internet on services like Google Hangouts or Skype, ask if an in-person interview is possible and if not, why not? This is a common tactic for scam employers.
- If you're not convinced, dig deeper. If you come across a company that looks like a real company, but you're still skeptical, contact the company directly and ask if they are hiring for that position and what the name of the hiring manager is. Job scams often impersonate real companies to make themselves seem more legitimate.
If you ever have questions about a job you find on Workpop, or you are contacted by someone on Workpop that you feel might be illegitimate, please reach out to our Customer Success team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do personally moderate each and every new company that posts a job on Workpop, but if we make a mistake, we can correct it immediately with your help!