Why do people posts scam jobs on Indeed and other job websites?

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Short answer:
  • Scammers publish their job listings in the same places that real businesses do, including online (in advertising, on employment sites, and on social media), in magazines, and sometimes on television and radio.
  • They will tell you they have a job for you, but what they really require is your cash and personal information.
Financial Information Stealing, Source: pxhere.com

People are trying to acquire your personal information in order to get access to your online bank accounts or credit card accounts by creating false online real estate listings. Another possibility is that they may use this information to submit applications for loans or create new credit card accounts in your name. The purpose of the false help-wanted advertisements posted by other con artists is to deceive you into handing them money directly.[1][2] Because of the prevalence of these professions around the globe, fraudsters sometimes utilize the below titles as excellent bait in their attempts to obtain information from those who are looking for work:[3]

  • Assistant jobs
  • Chauffeur and Delivery driver jobs
  • Warehouse worker jobs
  • Receptionist jobs

Scammers may often exert pressure on job seekers in an attempt to get their financial or personal information as well as their money. This information might be utilized in a variety of different contexts, such as pretending to be someone else or utilizing it to make future frauds look more genuine than they really are.

Even though these are some of the most common instances of fake employment, it is crucial to keep in mind that there are many real businesses that are searching for people to fill positions such as assistants, receptionists, delivery drivers, and more.

Scam Ahead, Source: ophtek.com

Few more reasons to post scam jobs?[edit]

To assess the market: If an employer is on the fence about whether or not to replace a current member of staff, they may explore the talent pool to see who is available for employment at their company. It is by no means warranted, but it does provide employers the opportunity to examine the caliber of candidates on the market without obligating them to choose from that pool. They also have the ability to learn about new credentials or compensation expectations.[4]

To add to the marketing mailing list: Why not post an ad for a job that's connected to the product or service someone is trying to sell and wait for people to send their email addresses if they require access to a certain demographic of consumers? For instance, if someone is attempting to market accounting software, they will want to target people who work in the accounting and finance industries. Businesses are able to reach this audience and acquire their email addresses if they advertise open positions in the accounting department.



Phishing scams may take the form of almost any communication method imaginable, including but not limited to emails, SMS, phone calls, or online chats. If a company wants you to apply for a job by clicking on a certain link or by providing extensive details about your personal life and finances, it is a red flag that someone is attempting to steal personal sensitive information for unethical purposes. Always contact a potential employer directly via their official website rather than responding to any communication that seems to be phishing rather than responding to any communication that looks fishy. Usually, these scammers pretend to come from reputable and renowned names. Identity Theft:

Identity theft

One of the sorts of work scams that is reported the most often is known as advanced fee fraud. Candidates will be required to pay for phony police checks, administrative fees, or training as part of this process. Theft of identity is one kind of fraud that may potentially be committed by criminals.[5]

Pyramid Marketing: Pyramid schemes are not only against the law but also have no foundation in a legitimate business. In most cases, the only thing that takes place throughout a pyramid marketing plan is the transfer of monetary value from one person to another. Those participate in pyramid selling because they feel they will profit from the investments made by many who join them in the program, much as how people invest in chain letters for the same reason. In order for one person to profit from a pyramid sales strategy, it is necessary for others to incur financial losses.[6]

What You Should Do If Someone Already Paid a Scammer:[edit]

Whether someone paid using a debit or credit card, a bank or wire transfer, a gift card, or a cash reload card, one should call the firm they used to transmit the money as soon as possible, report the fraud, and seek to have the transaction overturned if it is at all feasible.


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  6. "Multi-Level Marketing or Illegal Pyramid Scheme?". www.michigan.gov. Retrieved 2022-10-30.