EFOS DESK
18th Mar, 2021
Beware: Fake Job Industry spreading its tentacles
Fraud on the name of Employment (Job seekers) isrampant across India. Fake job racket has been growing and spreadingits tentacles and it is booming industry now. Thanks to shrinking jobs inprivate as well as public sector and hordes of students passing out oflow-quality professional colleges.In a day or two the news about the fake offer letter,taking money in name of job etc is forming headlines of newspaper. Easyaccessibility to internet has been boon for job scammers. Scammers are awarehow hard it can be to find a job and they take advantage of  this weakness through tricking people with thelure of job offers. They will tend to advertise on mediums used by jobconsultancy firms and real employers to tempt people. Moreover, they makepromises about getting you a job offer that is actually non-existent and allthey ask for in return is a payment for their so-called services.Youth looking for jobs gets cheated in theirdesperation for promised shortcuts (jugaad), lured by informal brokers orcrafty players with organised network, office and marketing setup.
Differenttypes of Job ScamsHaving proper awareness about the common job scams prevalentthese days can help one differentiate legitimate job opportunities from fakeopportunities. Here we have tried to make an attempt to mention the differenttypes of job scams common these days.
1.    Money asked by consultants forgetting you jobs: There is the most common practice thesedays. Consultants ask for nominal amount to get you job which never exist.
2.    Govt Job offer scam: Inour country, youth is so fond of govt job and these scammers take advantage ofthis sentiment. Job seekers receive fake govt job offer letter from thesescammers and they depend Rs 2000-5000 for joining.
3.    Fake interview conducted by so calledHR consultants on names of big corporates –  Artificial setup in madeand so called HRs(scammers) conduct fake interviews of candidates in name ofbig companies. They charge money in range of Rs 500- 2000rs for interview. Thisis quite common in our country and many innocent unaware youth becomes prey ofit.
4.    Pay for online training/ offlinetraining scam- In this type of scam, offer letter isissued to job seeking with is condition to do paid online/ offline trainingbefore joining. Money is taken, neither training is done nor job is given.5.    Direct deposit before interview scam:The applicant is offered the job via email and told that all employees aresupposed to pay amount of Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 so that joining date isgiven.  Fake company account is given inwhich you are asked to deposit money.
6.   Bait-and-switchScam—PR/Marketing: Fake job description is published onsocial media to attract youth for Start entry-level, develop transferableskills, work with the world's leading corporations, advance to new positions,make money etc. The scammers collect some nominal amount is name ofregistration fees.
7.    Credit report scam:Generally, for this type of scam, scammers send email mentioning things like…To proceed to the next step of the hiring process, you will need to get yourcredit score checked. The applicant is directed to a website where they willinput personal information including name, address etc. All of these items areforms of identification and can be used by scammers to either open new accountsor access your current account. 8.    Fake job application scam:This email asks to complete a job application online. The link takes you to awebsite where you are to fill out all info needed to steal your identity.
  
9.    Background Verification Scam:In this scam, a job seeker is informed that new position has just opened up,and a phone interview or an instant message interview isconducted and is asked for money to get background verification done.
10. Pay for startup kit scams:In this, companies may offer to sell you a kit you can use to assemble productsto sell. You'll most likely end up paying for a kit, and you won't make anymoney. These form part of job offers which states work from home without anyinvestment or just devote 5 hours a day and earn good amount.
In case you have experienced or heardof some scam, please do write to us at jobscam@efos.in

 How to identify that joboffer is fake? There are several signs that canhelp you recognize whether a job offer is a scam. Here we are making an attemptto pen down the possibilities.
  • Payment required: If you are asked to pay certain amount for getting interview done or getting job, put your thinking caps on and beware, you might be in a trap. Do full research before paying anything even if it is nominal amount.
  • If Job mention requires no skills or experience or job description looks vague: If the job description is vague and you do not require any skills or experience to get it, this is usually the first sign of a job scam. Fact is that even an entry-level job requires some sort of experience or skills.
  • If Emails received are from personal account without proper information: Emails that do not include any form of contact information for the concerned organization or are sent from a personal account, are usually employment scams.
  • If you have not applied for job: Job scammers generally quote here that they find your resume online.
  • If Job Offer given is unprofessional: Job offers containing grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and incorrect punctuation are definitely scam emails as authentic job offers would not include such errors.
  • If you are offered very high salary with very less effort i.e when job offer is too lucrative to digest: These are usually the work from home scams where you get paid handsomely by working only for a few hours every day. 
  • If you are required to provide sensitive information: If your personal information such as date of birth, driver’s license number, bank details or address is requested in a job offer, more likely than not, it is a scam. No genuine organization will ask for your personal details in the job offer itself We at EFOS have in last 10 years have taken noteof  his malice of  companies/brokers offering either fake jobopportunities or the ones with scant regard for 'hiring and employeemanagement practices' .

We at EFOS have in last 10 years have taken note of  his maliceof  companies/brokers offering either fake job opportunities or the oneswith scant regard for 'hiring and employee management practices' .
We abhor such practices and warn about such players while counselling andcommunicating with youth, and; keep raising issue of  'fraudplayers' and 'inefficient policy administration'at  various  digital and offline  forums regularly.Do write to us in case of any such experience so thatwe can spread awareness at jobscam@efos.in