There are lots of great job opportunities out there but with new research revealing a rise in online scammers targeting students and graduates, it is important you stay safe during your job search.

Although the vast majority of vacancies are legitimate, you should be vigilant when applying for jobs to make sure you remain protected.

The following could be warning signs for a job scam so stay safe and look out for:

  • Being asked to disclose details such as a personal bank account, national insurance number and/or passport number prior to interview
  • The use of personal email addresses by the hiring organisation rather than business accounts
  • Requests to make an upfront financial investment or deposit to cover administrative/registration fees, or requesting a candidate to pay for a CRB check (Criminal Records Bureau), which no longer exists
  • Illegitimate company names or web addresses
  • Lots of spelling and grammatical mistakes within the job advert
  • Anything that sounds too good to be true!

SAFERjobs is an e-crime non-profit organisation working to combat job scams. You can find information on common scams and get free, expert advice for a safer job search on their website.

If you have any concerns or questions about a job opportunity you have seen advertised, or job searching in general please do not hesitate to check out our advice online or get in touch with us.