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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.

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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.

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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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Let Insiteful Solutions Help you Get Your Business Back to Work with our Online Scheduling System

Getting Ready for the Future Post COVID-19

As the cloud of COVID-19 lifts and the various provinces start phased opening for places other than essential services, Insiteful Solutions has been hard at work helping our clients get ready to re-open and re-start operations. The past few weeks have been heartrending and complex. As we grapple with the ‘new normal’ that faces us Insiteful Solutions is here to help people get their businesses back up and running, safely and responsibly.

Doing Business in the age of Social Distancing

With the advent of COVID-19 in early March of this year the world took a sudden and dramatic shift. By mid-March many provinces had closed all but essential services and worldwide people were advised to stay home and isolate to protect themselves and the most vulnerable among us from the virus. These swift actions left many businesses scrambling not just to close businesses but how to transfer their operations to e-commerce in all attempts to keep their businesses running. At Insiteful Solutions we immediately swung into high-gear and set up e-commerce capabilities for several of our clients and made sure that their websites were mobile friendly. We also advised all of our clients to reach out via their social media channels to make sure that their customers were aware of their new operation schedule and how they could still provide service to them.

Provincial Recommendations

The province of Ontario has developed a framework to guide its re-opening plans. It is a three- step approach which will slowly see businesses, services and public spaces open. On the website www.ontario.ca the province outlines the steps to make sure things open with public health and safety at the forefront of everything. One of the main components which businesses all over the world, including Canada, will have to grapple with is how to maintain social distancing when the doors of businesses open. It is recommended that people stay 2 meters apart under all circumstances.

The New Solution – Online Scheduling

In the weeks and months to come it is clear that businesses are going to have to operate differently. Whereas before businesses were able to open their doors and allow anyone to visit within their operating hours, social distancing will cause these ‘regular’ operations to change.

One of the ways the business world is responding to planning in a post-COVID19 world is to organize online scheduling for business. If you run a retail store for example your previous operations most likely saw people come and go as they wish – going forward for the foreseeable future retail stores will need to monitor the number of people in their stores at any given time and do their best to encourage social distancing within their retail space. While many stores that were able to remain open at the beginning of COVID-19 started instituting line-ups outside their store, line ups might not be the best way forward. That’s why at Insiteful Solutions we are helping clients set up an online scheduling system so your customers can reserve a time to visit your store to go shopping.

Avoid the Stress of Scheduling

There are numerous benefits for your business to scheduling customers to visit your store or business. The system Insiteful Solutions is using takes all the hassle and stress out of organizing times for your customers to visit you. Clients can self-schedule the times they wish to visit you based on the information and parameters you provide; this allows you to anticipate the number of people that will be in your store at any given time thus allowing you to schedule the appropriate amount of staff at the right times. If you are a business that offers a certain service, again clients can self-schedule and provide the exact details of the service they wish to receive. The online system doesn’t just take care of scheduling – it covers off an incredible array of back of house work which will allow you to focus on other things. The online scheduling system can be embedded into your website for easy access and sync with Outlook.com, iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange and Office 365. If your offering is solely an online venture then this system can sync with GoToMeeting, Join.me and Zoom so that when the appointment time comes customers are automatically linked to the online meeting forum.

As Canadian businesses quickly restructure their operations to cope with the complexity of COVID19, businesses are having to operate with leaner staffing and overall be more flexible. The online scheduling system doesn’t just help you book customers to visit your store – it can also by synced to whatever accounting system you use: QuickBooks, Freshbooks and Xero integrations are all possible. This syncing of systems frees up time from the nitty gritty of invoicing so you can focus on other things. Clients can also pay for the service they receive through PayPal, Square or Stripe. Credit card information is also securely kept for one time or future payments. Clients can also tip for the service they receive and use vouchers or coupons they have been given. The Insiteful Solution online scheduling system is so much more than just telling people when they can visit your store or business – you can be rest assured that the detail work around visits will be taken care of so you can focus on your interface with your customer and supporting your business.

Keeping Your Brand Strong

And you don’t need to worry about an online scheduling system diluting your brand. Insiteful Solutions will embed the online scheduling system into your existing website – your clients won’t have to deal with a clunky transfer between sites or any confusion that may cause. Everything about the online scheduling system will be branded as if your company created it. We can design the online scheduling system to display your logo and customize it with your company colours, the online app can be edited so that the text reflects the tone and culture of your business.

All the Convenience, None of the Hassle

One of the best things about the online scheduling system is the convenience for both you and your customer. Once a customer books an appointment they will automatically receive reminder emails or text messages so they don’t forget the appointment. The system is set up to take into consideration multiple time zones should you be located in more than one city and will automatically do the time zone conversion for customers.

Insiteful Solutions has been working with clients in Markham, Toronto and all over the GTA for nearly 20 years to address all of their digital marketing needs. With the onset of COVID-19 we were able to quickly help existing and new clients pivot their business to function online. As we face the future with our clients we are more focused than ever to help them develop new operating systems so their business can continue to function and thrive. Contact us today so we can help you set up an online scheduling system for your business and help grow your business!