How To Recognise A Job Scam


Fresh out of university or been unemployed since finishing university a year or two ago and have been searching for a job ever since. Well, this isn’t unusual considering the high unemployment rate in Nigeria. Job scams do exist, and there are scammers who have realized that graduates are an easy target. There are just as much job seekers out there as there are job scammers. They are everywhere, waiting for vulnerable and unsuspecting job seekers to scam. Well, just so you’re on the alert, here are 5 easy ways to spot those fake jobs and their perpetrators….

No website: If the company has no proper website, with descriptions of what they do, it is probably a scam and you should ignore .

Unbelievable offers: When it seems too good to be true. When they tell you what you will be earning is way more than what every other company pays for such position.


Payment: Any company that asks you to pay money up front is probably trying to scam you. A potential employee is not supposed to pay any sum to getting a job.

You didn’t contact them, they contacted you: They often say they “found your resume online”. They either offer you a job right away or say they want to interview you. Sometimes the scammers will try to entice you by saying that you made the cut and they are interviewing the finalists for the job.

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You get the job right away. After a quick phone or Instant Message interview, the ‘interviewer’ immediately contacts you to offer you the job.

Vague Job Requirements and Job Description: Scammers try to make their emails sound believable by listing ‘job requirements’. Usually these requirements are so ridiculously simple that almost everyone qualifies.

Unprofessional Emails: Some emails from scammers are well-written, but many aren’t. Real companies hire professionals who can write well. If the email contains spelling, capitalization, punctuation or grammatical mistakes, be on your guard.

Emails don’t include contact info or are sent from a personal email account: If the email doesn’t include the company’s address and phone, it’s a good bet that it’s a scam.

Search results don’t add up: Before agreeing to an interview, do your research. If it’s a real company, you should be able to find information about the company by doing an online search. Finding information does not guarantee that the company is legit, but if you can’t find anything, you can bet it’s a scam.


They want you to pay for something: Legitimate companies don’t ask for money. If you’re told you need to purchase a software or pay for services, beware.

We hope these tips help!!!

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