Be aware of job scams

Over the last few years, job scams have been on the rise. There are fake job listings being posted on legitimate websites such as LinkedIn.

J. Michael Skiba, also known as “Dr. Fraud,” is an international financial crime expert. He has worked for years exposing scams.

He recently had a situation where he had to do some investigating because his niece was almost the victim of a scam.

He says his niece saw a job posting on LinkedIn for a remote position to be a personal assistant. She filled out the application. She took a quick voice call and was offered the job immediately.

She then received letters, asking her for wire transfers and to make payments of her own.

She knew this sounded fishy. She contacted her uncle, who confirmed that this was a scam.

Skiba says when looking for jobs, you want to pay attention to the red flags.

If a job is asking you for monetary donations or pressuring you to accept the offer quickly, those may be signs the job is fake.

“Right off the bat within the first couple of conversations, if they are already start talking about you making some sort of contribution, that can come in many forms. They might ask you to make a payment to buy supplies, like a laptop or a phone. They might ask for gift cards,” said Skiba.

The good news, Skiba says his niece did not send the scammers any money and is doing well.

He says when you look at any job listing, pay attention to the documents.

If the job posting has multiple grammatical mistakes, then that can be an indicator that it could potentially be a scam.