An online job can be for real, but it could also easily be a scam in this day and age, where scammers have penetrated every field, including employment. Sometimes, it can be hard to discover the difference. Fake job offers and job scams are rampant and scammers often use the online route to prey on job seeking candidates.

Online scams can be a real problem for the employment-seeking individual. The most critical thing to do if you have been targeted by online scams is to do research and report internet job scams. But how do you detect online scams? Here to help you is this guide containing 10 important signs of online scams in employment and work settings:

#1 Too Good to Be Real

Good jobs are not easy to find. If something sounds too wonderful to be correct, it probably is. Here are the signs that you need to be careful. The first important sign of online scams is that the person claims to have found your resume online and wants to interview you. They may even claim you are a finalist for the interview. Another trick is that it may be the pay is great while the work hours are not extensive.   Scammers are always trolling job boards on the lookout for victims. To lessen chances of getting scammed, opt for job sites with privacy policies that permit verified employers to see the listings.

#2 Unclear Job Description, Vague Requirements

Scammers may try to make emails sound genuine, by listing job requirements. Most of these are so basic that almost everyone would qualify for it, for example, you must be 18 years old, or be a citizen of the US. The job requirements do not consider education, experience or other relevant factors. Requirements have to be specific. Job scam emails do not include real job descriptions. Job seekers indicate they are looking for job descriptions or duties.

#3 Non Professional Emails

Another sign is that the email is not well written. Real companies hire professionals who can compose the emails with accuracy and precision. If the email has mistakes when it comes to grammar, spelling , capitalization or punctuation, you need to watch out for these.

#4 Online IM Interviews

This is another sign of online scams. When IM is used for interviewing, you can be sure that something is up. Unless the position specifies they are looking for a remote worker, no company will give you a job without a proper, face to face interview. If the online job is being applied for, research the company before an interview is agreed to.

#5 Emails Are From Free Accounts

If the email is sent from a personal email account, and does not include the address and phone of the company, it is the sign of a scam. Online scams may be clear when personal email addresses are sent, rather than mails from the company’s server. Sometimes, fake email addresses may be slightly different from the real ones. Emails from free accounts are a red signal that you are in the clutches of an online scammer.

#6 Search Results Run Wrong

Before assenting to an interview, do enough research, because if it is a bona fide company, you should be able to get some information about it online. Finding information does not warranty that the company is legit.

#7 Confidential Information is Asked For

Some scammers check for bank account information or other details or ask for a new bank account to be set up. They may even press for personal details. Other scammers will tell you to access a website and fill out a credit report form or provide confidential information. Identity theft scams ask for SSN number, date of birth or other personal data. Check to see if such sites are secure and genuine. One way to do this is to independently type the URL in the search bar and see what comes up.

#8 Sending You Money/Asking for Funds Transfer

Another sure sign is that money or valuables are being sent. They may even ask to use personal bank accounts to siphon funds. Some victims may even receive “real” cashiers checks. The call from the bank saying though the checks look genuine, they are fake. The scammer skips with your money and you are left holding the liability of a bounced check. Another way criminals exploit you is through money laundering. Scammers ask for receiving and forwarding packages, making you either a money or drug mule.

#9 Request for Money

Payment may be asked for. Legit companies don’t make such requests. Whether you are being asked to purchase software, training programs, pay for credit reports, pay to have a resume review or such requests, this is also an indication there is something wrong and online scams may be afoot.

#10 Common Sense and Instincts Warn You

This is another way to ascertain that you could be a victim of online scams. Whether your instinct or your logic says that something is wrong, you could be right. Always check on your instincts. Don’t be rushed into making a commitment.