You’re looking for a job via your computer and the internet, and you get a response. Many sooner or regrettably later find out it’s a scam.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre recorded over 1,700 complaints of employment fraud in 2019. Of that number, 683 victims reported losing a total of well over $2 million. These figures however can be underestimated as often such scams and losses are not reported by the victims.
Virtually any job site can list scam job listings, whether Facebook, ZipRecruiter, Monster, even the federal government’s job board which lists private job sector listings along with public sector jobs.
While some scams involve fooling people out of money or otherwise cheating them, often now identity information is becoming more valuable. Identity can be used to obtain credit cards and other high priced items.
While these online companies, and the federal government all say they try to weed out fake listings, the ability to do so is limited and job seekers must be vigilant. Police note it’s also a difficult crime to solve as the fraudsters could be anywhere in the world.
- CBC: C. Underwood: Mar 9/20: ‘This is really sick’: Unemployed Calgarians fed up with online job scams
- CBC: R. Miller: Apr 2.19: Scam leaves job hunters out thousands of dollars
- Toronto School of Management: Nov 14/18: How to determine if a job offer is a scam
- Skilled Immigrant Info Centre: Avoiding employment scams