When looking for work, remember the old saying “If it is too good to be true, it probably is.” Employment scams are real and often have common elements – high paying employment, business opportunities, or “get-rich-quick” schemes. Unfortunately, many new entrants to the labour market, such as students, fall prey to these scams.
With any job opportunity, it is important to do your research. Make sure the company is legitimate and the person you are speaking with actually works there. And look for red flags. No legitimate employer will ask you for personal information (e.g., birthday, social insurance number, passport number) or banking information, or expect you to purchase your own supplies before you have a firm job offer. No legitimate job posting will require you to pay for training, a retainer, or “recruiter’s fees.” Legitimate job ads do not have spelling or grammatical errors or use generic emails (e.g., Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo).
''When in doubt, walk away!''