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Be Aware Of Job Scams

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Source: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/top-job-scam-warning-signs-2062181

Have you ever wondered if a job is real or a scam? Sometimes, it can be hard to tell the difference. Here are some tip-offs to help you identify fake job offers and avoid job scams. Internet fraud is rampant, and scammers prey on job seekers. Your best defense is to do your research and report internet job scams.

Top 10 Internet Job Scam Warning Signs

Review these tips, so you can identify and avoid a variety of different types of internet scams designed to get your personal information and your money.

Too Good to Be True

Good jobs are hard to find. Like your mom always said, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Here are some tip-offs that the ‘job’ is fake:

 

  • You didn’t contact them; they contacted you: They 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.
  • The pay is great: Here are two examples:

Healthcare Admin Assistant: “This is a work from home job. Work hours is from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday You will earn $45 per hour for this position, you are also expected online at Yahoo Messenger during working hours. We also offer flexible hours….”

Here’s a note from a reader about an Operations Officer scam: “I have never had anyone offer me a job working 20 hours a week, for $72,800 annually, without an interview or two or three. They don’t really say what you will be doing or where…The company address is in Spain.”

 

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

Scammers troll job boards looking for victims. To reduce the chance, you’ll get scammed, use job sites that have privacy policies and only allow verified employers to view the listings.

 

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: Must be 18 years old. Must be a citizen. Must have access to the internet. (You wouldn’t be reading their email if you didn’t have internet access, right?) The job requirements don’t mention years of education or experience. As a rule of thumb, if it’s a real job, the requirements will be quite specific.

Job scam emails usually don’t include clear job descriptions, either. Many job seekers say that when they ask for a job description or list of job duties, they get the brush-off. The interviewer either ignores the questions or says something like “Don’t worry, we’ll train you.”

 

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. Here’s an example submitted by a reader:

“The Human resources have just reviewed your resume due to the one you posted on www.allstarjobs.com.You are now scheduled for an interview with the hiring manager of the company.Her name is Mrs. Ann Jernigan; you are required to set up a yahoo mail account(mail.yahoo.com) and a yahoo instant messenger.”

In this example, the mistakes include:

  • Capitalization errors: ‘Human resources’ should be ‘Human Resources’, and ‘yahoo’ should be ‘Yahoo’
  • Punctuation errors: Commas, periods, and parentheses should be followed by a space
  • Grammatical errors: “Human resources have reviewed” should be “Human Resources has reviewed…”

 

Online Interviews via Messaging Services

Many attempted scams say the interview will take place online using an instant messaging service. The scammers often include instructions for setting up and contacting the hiring manager and may ask for confidential information.

If you’re applying for an online job and you’re told the interview will take place online via instant message, research the company and its representatives before you agree to an interview. And if you agree to be interviewed, ask detailed questions about the job during the interview. Don’t give out confidential information such as your bank account, credit card, or Social Security numbers. Don’t be fooled just because the interview questions sound real.

Emails Don’t Include Contact Information

If the email doesn’t include the company’s address and phone, it’s a good bet it’s a scam. And it’s a good bet it’s a scam if the interviewer makes an excuse for using a personal email address by saying the company’s servers are down, or the company is experiencing too many problems with spam, or the company hasn’t yet set up its email system.

Some scam emails will look like they come from real companies. One reader reported:

“The scammer’s email address was jobs@senergy-world.com. The real company email is jobs@senergyworld.com”

Look at the email address carefully, then copy/paste it into the search box. You can also type in the word ‘scam’ after the email address to see if someone else has reported the company.

 

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 the company is legit, but if you can’t find anything, you can bet it’s a scam. One reader got a scam job offer from Fijax.com:

“Firstly their email is very unprofessional; there is no signature at the end. When I checked for the company on Google, I found nothing, not even a website!”

Some scammers pretend to represent real companies. One of our readers reported that she received a job offer from ‘Proctor and Gambel’, but the real company is named ‘Procter & Gamble.’ Another reader says he was offered a job by someone who claimed to represent Gloprofessionals, but when he did his research, he found out it was a scam:

“ALWAYS contact the REAL company or business and ask if this employee exists, that is how I found out this employee was a fraud.”

Sophisticated scammers sometimes set up nice-looking websites—but looks can be deceiving. Try this: go to the Domain White Pages and type the company’s web address into the “domain or IP address” box and click the “go” button. The results will tell you the date when the website was created. If the website is less than a year old, be on your guard.

When searching for information about the company, search for both the company’s name and the email address. Also, copy/paste paragraphs from the email into the search box. Scammers may change the company name but re-use the other parts of the email, and it’s possible you’ll find an identical email posted online.

 

You’re Asked to Provide Confidential Information​

Some scammers ask for your bank account information to set up direct deposit or transfer money to your account, or ask you to open a new bank account and provide the information to them:

Other scammers will tell you to go to a website and fill out a credit report form or provide confidential information so they can “put you on the company insurance.” Identity theft scams try to get you to provide your Social Security number and birth date and other personal information.

Before entering personal information online, check to make sure the website is secure by looking at the web address bar. The address should be https:// not http://

Sending Money or Using a Personal Bank Account

Some readers say they’ve received checks that look like real cashier’s checks. They are instructed to deposit the check, keep some of the money for themselves, and send the rest of the money to someone else via Western Union or Money Gram. Then, a few days or weeks later, they get a call from the bank saying the check is fake. They have lost the money they sent. Here’s an example from a reader:

“Once you receive the check, First of all, I want you to head right away to your bank and get the check cashed. Deduct your first-week pay which is $500, and Deduct extra $100 for the Money Gram sending fee and proceed to the nearest Money Gram outlet around you to make payment to my wife travel agent.”

Some scammers ask to use your personal bank account to transfer money from one account to another account. It is called money laundering, and it’s against the law. Other scams ask you to receive and forward packages from your home. These packages might contain stolen goods or illegal substances.

They Want You to Pay for Something​

Legitimate companies don’t ask for money. If you’re told you need to purchase software or pay for services, beware. Here are three examples:

  • Buy this software: “They were offering $15 hr for training and $24.75 to start. I was so excited to work from home and actually be paid a decent wage. The interview went well, and I was told I have the job. YAY! Then I was told that they were going to send me a brand new HP laptop for work, but I needed to pay for the software for it. I thought not a problem; I’ve had to upgrade in the past for jobs. Well here is the RED FLAG! We need you to send $312 Western Union for software costs…”
  • Pay for a credit report: “The job will require you to work in a high financial environment, so it is our corporate policy that we perform financial verification check on all employees to ensure applicant registration info. Its corporate policy that we have applicants sent through our link, so we are compliant with the U.S employment standards act… Fill out the form and indicate that you want the free report.” Here’s what a reader had to say about this scam: “…These companies are using the internet to first get a job seeking people to use their site and then be told they need a credit check to apply for a job thru their site, then that company charges an unauthorized fee on your credit card which you used to pay a $1.00 and one time fee for the credit check. Preying on those who can least afford it! Shame on you!”
  • Pay to have your resume reviewed: “You have a lot of strong, relevant experience and are an excellent candidate although it would be best to improve your resume before doing anything with it. I can refer you to a resume writing expert that can improve your resume to the standard we are looking for, and I believe he charges around $150 or so…”

Your “Gut” Says It’s a Scam​

Researching the company is your best defense, but some scammers are very clever. If you start to feel that things aren’t right, trust your intuition. Ask questions and pay close attention to the answers.

Slow the process down and don’t be pressured into making a commitment or giving out personal information. Do more research. If it turns out to be a scam, report it to the authorities.

Insiteful Solutions – Here to Help During this Difficult Time

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At Insiteful Solutions, we remember what it was like when we first started nearly 20 years ago. With a limited budget and operating out of our house, like so many other start-ups, we worked with what we had to build our business. Like all businesses, we have had our highs and lows and we consider ourselves fortunate to have become one of the leaders in online marketing in Canada. At the onset of COVID-19, we immediately mobilized to help our clients in any way we could. As many of our staff were already working offsite we had the ability to reach out quickly to make sure our client’s websites, digital marketing platforms, social media accounts and e-commerce sites were all working seamlessly.

As COVID-19 drags on we are acutely aware of the challenge businesses face. With an unknown end date of the pandemic, they are having to stay nimble and adjust their working models in all attempts to keep things afloat.

At Insiteful Solutions, we want to help.

If you are a business struggling right now we are offering very reasonable terms to help out small to medium-sized businesses. Internet marketing is one of the most affordable and best ROI. If COVID-19 is affecting your bottom line we highly recommend you contact us to discuss ways in which we can help you adjust to the new normal we are all experiencing.

There are numerous benefits to working with Insiteful Solutions to create or develop a comprehensive online marketing plan for your company. Here are some ideas of how we can get started:

Around the Clock Marketing

Online marketing campaigns function 24/7. No matter what country you are working in, your website, especially if you have an ecommerce component, can work at any time and in any time zone. So while you concentrate on other matters (or try to catch some sleep!) your website can be working hard to advance your business.

Blogging is King

Blogging has been around since the late 1990’s and Insiteful Solutions was one of the first companies in Canada to harness the power of blogging for our clients. While over 20 years old blogging is still the backbone of content marketing and you need a compelling blog to be successful. At Insiteful Solutions, we work with content creators to write and post relevant, consistent content. Many companies don’t realize that churning out 300-500 words once every other month is doing virtually nothing to help drive traffic to your site. Done properly, this inbound marketing strategy can bring in 12% more leads than companies that do not.

Blogging is tied directly with algorithms that build up your search engine ranking

which in turn assist people to find your company through a simple internet search. At Insiteful Solutions, we invest the time to write 1,000 – 2,000-word blogs on a monthly basis that include your keywords and interesting topics that bring focus to your business and the product or service you offer.

Insiteful Solutions Targeted Internet Results

Knowing who your customers and potential customers are is very useful when you want to communicate with them personally. At the onset of COVID-19, several of our clients wanted to send direct emails to their customers and clients. This personal outreach in invaluable. Insiteful Solutions can help you create systems to make sure you regularly capture customer information. While it might seem dated, sending personal emails or other communication to customers can strengthen your brand. The other important part of proper data collection is that you can tailor your outreach based on your customer’s demographic. The more you know about your customer the more you can anticipate their needs and sell to them. As of July 2020, it was estimated that 4.75 billion people used the internet – that’s 59% of the world’s population. Insiteful Solutions can help you reach your audience.

Global Reach

Whether you are a small, medium or large business a well-designed, up-to-date website allows your company to have an expansive reach all over the world. The pool of customers you can reach is limitless – by concentrating on creating a comprehensive online marketing campaign you can consistently work toward expanding your audience and with that garner new customers and clients.

Cost-Effective

In challenging times it might be an instinct to distribute resources to marketing and advertising. Traditional marketing vehicles of print, radio or tv can be incredibly expensive. Online marketing is far and above the move cost-effective way to reach potential customers. Insiteful Solutions has a team of designers, coders, social media experts and content creators that will design and execute an online marketing plan taking into consideration your business goals. Online marketing has a higher ROI than any other traditional marketing method. Your dollars will go farther with an online campaign.

Insiteful Solutions Can Help You

If you are struggling during these uncertain economic times you are not alone. With bankruptcies mounting and businesses closing Insiteful Solutions is dedicated to helping wherever we can. We are offering reduced rates and favourable financing options to help your business succeed. Located in Markham, Ontario we work with clients across Canada and around the globe. From small brick and mortar stores that want an online presence to companies on the Forbes 500, Insiteful Solutions can work with you to tailor a campaign to drive people to your site.

Please give us a call today so we can help your business design a targeted online marketing campaign that will help your company thrive and succeed.

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The Importance of Online Marketing During COVID-19

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The advent of COVID-19 has reverberated all over the world and barely an industry or country has not been touched by it. As businesses struggled at the beginning to pivot and keep operations going many turned to their social media channels to communicate with their customers. The onset of COVID-19 served as a reminder of many things; one of the more interesting things learned is our overwhelming dependence and reliance on social media and online marketing.

At Insiteful Solutions, we were fortunate that many of our team already work remotely so we could easily turn our attention to our clients and help them update their websites with new operating info and make sure their social media accounts reflected the numerous changes happening in real-time.

No matter what business you are in, COVID-19 has brought into focus the importance of staying on top of both your website and social media accounts.  The success or failure of businesses during recent months was largely dependent on their ability to re-focus their offerings to online operations while keeping all interactions with customers safe. During the initial days of COVID-19 we had numerous panicked businesses contact us as they had never really invested in an online platform for sales nor had they engaged their customer base on social media. Fortunately, we were happy to quickly help get their business online and plan for the future.

At Insiteful Solutions, we are experts in online marketing and social media engagement – which is why we are pleased to share all we have learned during COVID-19 so businesses can prepare for future disruption to their regular business practice.

One of the most important things we learned in recent months is that businesses that attempted to carry on as if COVID-19 was not taking place and would pass quickly not only lost customers but their brands took a severe hit. Not responding to worldwide events, or responding badly, can do more damage to your business than almost anything else. For the month of March 2020, Facebook reported an incredible 70% increase in use; people were at home and were looking for ways to connect, be entertained and learn more about the situation. This is why it is so important for you to engage with your customer base on social media.

Setting the Tone

From the outset of any worldwide event that impacts people’s lives and business operations, it is important to quickly decide on the tone you wish to set through your social media channels and website.

While it may seem obvious the most important thing you need to convey is empathy and concern – not just for your staff and customers – but for everyone. Showing that your business can put aside concerns of commerce and rise above the desire to compete in a quickly contracting marketplace shows that your company and its leadership are confident and care about something beyond the bottom line. During the first two to three weeks of the pandemic, Insiteful Solutions advised our clients to focus on people’s well-being and share when appropriate information on how people could still interact with your business. One of the most important things we were able to do for nearly all our clients was to make sure the President/CEO of the company sent a personal message to customers via email, the company website and social media channels. Unlike most messages from senior leadership, these messages contained no ‘ask’ – but were mainly a message to check-in with customers and to assure people that all precautions were being taken to move forward safely. We found that these messages helped greatly to build a sense of community and connect people.

Don’t Forget Email For Online Marketing

Email turned out to be one of the most, if not the most, effective ways to reach out to customers. By tapping into your email lists you can communicate directly to people who have previously engaged with your business and brand. While social media is incredibly effective, messages on these channels can lack a personal touch. Email access to customers has proved very beneficial for our clients as a way to create an exchange of communication between the company and the client.

Whether you’re just exploring social media or you’re experienced but trying to navigate this new world, the steps below will guide you to the right solution.

Don’t Forget the Data

Whether your company had excellent data on your customer base before COVID-19 or not, recent months have proven that companies can never relax when it comes to data collection. To communicate effectively with your customer base and potential customers it is much easier to hit the right tone if you understand thoroughly who your audience is. If you have been in business for several years you may feel that you understand your customer and don’t need any more information – incorrect! People change, people age, and people respond to crises differently depending on many factors.

Once we passed through the first few weeks of COVID-19 we started advising clients to start re-thinking and updating their data collection. The basics were fairly simple: make sure your name/age/address capture was up to date so you could identify who exactly you were speaking to. Then we encouraged them to do a deeper dive and try to find out how their customers were doing as they coped with COVID-19. If you are a global business your customers in New York were probably coping and feeling differently than your customers in New Zealand. If your customer base average age is 27 then they would probably be feeling differently about things than if your average age is 65.  All of this information can feedback into your marketing strategy that will guide your company into the future.  By having this information on hand you can tailor your messaging and make sure you are hitting the right tone and providing the best information needed by your customers.

Work with the Present, Plan for the Future.

It is difficult (near impossible in fact), to know what the future holds. But as COVDI-19 ebbs and different parts of the world get back to a more ‘normal’ level of functioning it is still an incredible time to learn about our shared ‘new normal’ and how it will impact your business. No matter what market you operate in a few if any, businesses will not be majorly changed by COVID-19. Taking the lessons learned and data collected from the last few months can better prepare your company for the future if these lessons are applied in the right way.

At Insiteful Solutions, we are fortunate to have clients across Canada and around the globe. We have guided over 50 clients in recent months in their online marketing efforts. Whether your company has been operating for a year or ten years we know we can help guide you during this challenging time. Give us a call today to get started.

Expect Uncertainty

No one can give you an accurate prediction of what the immediate future holds for brands and marketers. We know that this crisis will end eventually, and we know that right now, at least, there’s a lot of uncertainty on a variety of fronts. As such, we can’t plan as far into the future as we would have before. We need to be nimble and agile in our approaches and able to pivot to the next thing at any moment. If your organization is already functioning this way, congratulations! You’re in a good position. If not, now is as good of a time as any to start.

Please visit our contact page if you have any questions about online marketing or email us at info@insitefulweb.com – 905-947-8235 x 103