Money Monday: Don't Get Scammed!

Educate and empower yourself against the swindlers

Whether you're on the job hunt, supplementing your income, or buying new products or services it's important to know that scam artists do exist in this world. The last thing anyone wants is to be ripped off or lied to. 

As you may know, I'm on the search for a new job as my time as Spokester will come to an end this month. I was contacted by a hiring manager at a large international company asking me to come in for a interview in South Portland this week. There were some immediate red flags because I had not submitted my resume or cover letter to this particular company. 

Over the phone I agreed to meet for an interview this week but I intended to research the company with utmost scrutiny because I was feeling pretty weary. Needless to say after looking into the company and doing minimal research, I found out it is basic pyramid scheme.

I used to find out more about the company and read reviews from people all over the country. Glassdoor is a great website to find out more about the pros and cons of a company from people who have worked there. After seeing terrible reviews, I called the office back to cancel my interview.  

Buzzwords and red flags

This experience reminded me of an article I wrote in college for The Maine Campus, about job scammers on college hiring boards. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to share some buzzwords that should send up red flags for you. To read the full article, click here

  • The employer asks you to cash an unexpectedly large check. This is a common scam, and that check will end up bouncing.
  • You are asked to call and leave a message with the employer because they are too busy to take your calls. This could be a way for a job scammer to store your phone number to solicit calls.
  • The employer asks you for your identification numbers and bank account information. You should only give out this information in a Human Resources office after being hired. The only exception is federal jobs where the government will ask for such information to determine your true identity. 
  • The employer email domain is a Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo! and not a company email address. People should be aware this can be a red flag; however, this company could be a startup, so it is best to research beforehand. 
  • If the company offers you generous pay that seems too good to be true, it usually is.

Hope these tips help! 

Lauren R.