So you got an email inviting you to a job interview. How do you know if it’s genuine or a Fake Job?

With global unemployment on the rise as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, job seekers in Dubai have recently complained about scammers taking advantage of the situation.

According to a recent report, some job seekers were lured to bogus job interviews only to be duped into paying up to Dh300 to scammers posing as recruiters or human resources personnel.

In a major crackdown earlier this month, Dubai Police arrested dozens of fake recruiters and online scammers and warned job seekers to be on the lookout for fraudsters.

So, how do you tell the difference between a scam and the real thing? Find the following warning signs to be on the lookout for:

1. Job interview invitation that you did not accept

Did you even apply for the job at all? If you didn’t, but you still received a job interview offer letter, it’s likely that it came from a spammer hoping to trick you into falling for their scam.

2. Emails were not sent from the company’s email address.

The simplest way to spot a scam is to look at the email address from which your job interview letter was sent. Was your interview invitation sent to a personal email address? It could be a scam, Most legitimate businesses would not use Hotmail, Yahoo, or Gmail email accounts to send official emails.

3. A Fake email and a Fake website

So they have a legitimate-looking website or email. But is it true? The devil is in the details, so make sure to do your homework. Some con artists have taken their scam a step further by creating fake email accounts and even websites that look exactly like the real company’s email or website.

For example, the official website may be officialwebsite.com, but scammers may create a fake one with a number, extra letter, or another identifier, such as officialwebsite1.com or official-website.com.

4. Contact information includes a mobile phone number.

Most legitimate businesses will not include a mobile phone number in their contact information., genuine businesses have a business phone line and emails from their official email address include a signature with full contact information.

If a mobile number is provided, it should only be used as a backup, and a primary business telephone number should still be provided.

5. There is no company name.

Which organization has invited you to a job interview? If it isn’t mentioned in their email, consider it a red flag. “Would you want to work for a company that isn’t even proud to reveal its name

Because the company does not exist in the first place, scammers will not include a company name in their letter.

6. There is no proper office.

Genuine businesses have proper offices that are clearly marked with signage on the door or in the reception area. When visiting so-called offices in apartments or residential buildings, exercise caution.

7. Requesting funds

The biggest red flag is being asked to pay reservation or processing fees. Genuine businesses will not charge you for an interview or a job offer.