Overseas Job Scams

IT Security

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

Lindy Kyzer is the editor of ClearanceJobs.com. She loves the NISPPAC, social media, and the U.S. military. Have a conference, tip, or story idea to share? Email lindy.kyzer@clearancejobs.com. Interested in writing for ClearanceJobs.com? Learn more here.

More in IT Security


ClearanceJobs.com, the largest security-cleared career network, specializes in defense jobs for professionals with federal security clearances. Search thousands of jobs from pre-screened defense employers and government contractors. Learn More.

The Cleared Brief

Latest security clearance news - delivered monthly

Contact Us

12150 Meredith Drive
Urbandale, IA 50323
Tel: 800.947.3561
Email: support@clearancejobs.com

Stay Connected