First, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
If someone promises that you can make thousands of dollars a month working a suspiciously easy job with very few hours, it’s probably a scam. Unrealistic job descriptions will usually be vague and general, while an actual job posting will have a detailed, succinct description of job responsibilities and expectations.
Fake recruiters will also ask you very early on to provide them with a payment method. They will usually say you’re paying for a laptop or the laptop’s shipping, so you’ll need to provide your bank information for them to deposit your reimbursement funds.
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Refrain from giving them your bank information, as they will wipe out your account, and it can be a headache to deal with your bank to retrieve your money. Sometimes, these scammers will ask for other personal information like your social security number, bank verification number, or credit card information.
In past years, it could be pretty easy to spot a job scam, as a telltale sign would be that a job post was written with poor grammar. Misspellings and numerous grammatical errors are bright red indicators that a job listing is a scam.
But as generative AI becomes more advanced, chatbots like ChatGPT can be leveraged to write impressively accurate job descriptions. If a job scammer uses AI to write a job description, you’ll have to pay closer attention to the recruiter’s identity to determine if the listing is fake.