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This is Too Good to be True

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➔ When a job sounds too good to be true… it probably is. Unfortunately if you’re an older job seeker – and especially if you’ve been looking for an extended period of time – some of these jobs may sound very enticing. But to paraphrase Elmer Fudd, “Be vewwy, vewwy careful.”

Let’s kick things off with the fact that legitimate job offers from reputable organizations do not require an initial outlay of funds. They make money the old fashioned way… yes, they earn it. They don’t try to skim some quick cash from people who are gullible enough to fall for their line of… well, you know.

The good news is that there are some organizations who have done some of your homework for you.

The good folks at have developed a list of eight of the most popular job scams out there today. They are:

  • Data Entry Scams.

  • Pyramid Marketing.

  • Stuffing Envelopes.

  • Wire Transfers.

  • Unsolicited Job Offers.

  • Online Re-Shipping.

  • Rebate Processor.

  • Assembling Crafts/Products.

A little something for everyone.

Even if the job that crosses your path doesn’t fall into one of those neat little categories, the Better Business Bureau has identified some characteristics of jobs where you might want to look “vewwy, vewwy carefully” before you leap. If your job looks like any of these, run.

  • Vague job requirements and job description.

  • Unprofessional emails.

  • Online interviews via messaging services.

  • Emails don't include contact information.

  • Search results don't add up.

  • You're asked to provide confidential information.

  • Sending money or using a personal bank account.

At the end of the day, did you ever think you’d be getting job search advice from Elmer Fudd? Maybe not, but when you’re right, you’re right.


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