Finding a new job can be difficult and frustrating. Having skills in high demand and a security clearance can make you a very attractive candidate. Those same attributes can also make you a target for overseas job scams.
When surfing the internet looking for your dream job overseas, beware of job firms listing sky-high salaries and a toll free number for you to call for more information.
Conduct research on the company at the Better Business Bureau.
Overseas Job Scam Tips
– Be skeptical of overseas employment opportunities that sound “too good to be true”.
– Never send cash in the mail, and be extremely cautious with firms that require a money order.
– Official-sounding names mean nothing. Many scam artists operate under names that sound like those of long-standing, reputable firms.
– Avoid working with firms that require payment in advance.
– Do not give your credit card or bank account number to telephone solicitors.
– Read the contract very carefully. Have an attorney look over any documents you are asked to sign.
– Beware of an agency that is unwilling to give you a written contract.
– Do not hesitate to ask questions. You have a right to know what services to expect and the costs involved.
– Take time to weigh all the pros and cons of the situation. Be wary of demands that “you must act now”.
– Keep a copy of all agreements you sign, as well as copies of checks you forward to the company.
Source: Better Business Bureau