A Global Movement to Make Your Job Search a Safe One
Fraudulent job ads – or “job scams” are they are also called – come in many variations. Some ask job seekers for a fee up front to obtain information about a “sure-fire” job offer. Others promote fake openings to obtain a job seeker’s personal data that can then be used to tap into their financial accounts.
By one estimate, these malicious ads cost job seekers over $6000 on average. They also cause them untold frustration and disappointment and can even derail their progress toward successful reemployment.
To address this problem, TAtech created TRUEad™ – a program designed to help you avoid fraudulent ads and take advantage of the millions of genuine employment opportunities posted on the Internet.
TRUEad™ is based on a simple premise: the best way to control job scams is with collective action. It enables you to educate yourself on the kinds of job scams found online and on the best strategies and tactics for protecting yourself from them. Then, it gives you a way to put that knowledge to work on behalf of yourself and others. You can join the TRUEad™ Marshals Posse, a worldwide group of working men and women who protect job seekers by identifying and reporting job scams whenever they occur.
Here’s how to get involved:
Part 1: Arm Yourself With Knowledge
Read all three of the following articles so you know what kinds of job scams there are and how to protect yourself from them.
Protect Yourself from Job Scams
Medical Billing & Coding Certification offers a thorough and thoughtful article on what constitutes a fraudulent job ad and how to avoid them.
Scams & Schemes in Work and Employment Services
Margaret Riley of the Riley Guide explores the seedy underworld of job scams and what you can do to protect yourself and alert others.
10 Signs a Job is a Scam
Jennifer Parris at Mashable provides a short, but useful list of the red flags to look for when hunting for a job online or off.
Part 2: Evaluate What You’ve Learned
Take the self-certification quiz posted here. There are 15, true-false questions. A passing score – one that ensures you have the knowledge to protect yourself against job scammers – is 80 percent or 12 correct answers.
If you fall short of a passing score, review the three articles in Part 1 and try again. Keep at it until you’re armed with the information and insights that make you smarter than the scammers.
When you achieve a score of 80 percent or more correct answers on the Certification Quiz, you ARE a TRUEad™ Marshal. All you have to do is start nabbing the bad guys.
Part 3: Handcuff the Job Scammers
TRUEad™ is based on a simple premise: the best way to control job scams is with collective action. So, get involved. Become a member of the TRUEad™ Marshals Posse.
TRUEad™ Marshals will not let themselves or their fellow job seekers be victimized by fraudulent job ads. They watch over the online job market and report job scams and their perpetrators to the proper authorities.
This group is on the lookout for job scams 24/7 and around the world. When they see a fraudulent ad, they act by reporting it to the proper authorities. Like a neighborhood watch, their collective vigilance helps keep the scammers out of legitimate employment websites and communications with job seekers.
And you can too! Join the Posse and use the following authorities to report job scammers and bring them to justice:
Marshals in the U.S. Report fraudulent job ads to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). IC3 provides “a vehicle for victims around the country to report incidents of fraud online.” It will investigate all reports and, if appropriate, refer the organization or individual responsible for the ad to the correct law enforcement or regulatory agency. Click here to reach its online complaint form.
Marshals in Canada Report fraudulent job ads to ConsumerInformation.ca. Its Complaint Roadmap will help you pass along the right information and direct it to the appropriate federal, provincial or territorial government, as well as to appropriate non-government sources. Click here to reach the road map.
Marshals in the U.K. Report fraudulent job ads to Safer-Jobs.com. This nonprofit coalition of job boards, staffing firms and The Metropolitan Police works to raise awareness of job scams and share information with job seekers when they appear. As its site notes, “the widespread sharing of experiences will limit the opportunity for repeat actions and quickly disrupt any new attempts.” Click here to report an incident.
Marshals Living Elsewhere Report fraudulent job ads to Econsumer.gov. This site is a partnership of 34 consumer protection agencies in countries ranging from Australia, Belgium and Bulgaria to Sweden, Turkey and Zambia. Among the categories of fraudulent ads it tracks are “Jobs and Making Money.” Click here to report an incident.