We recently have seen an uptick in fraudulent job opportunities via text message that have been affecting individuals throughout the Ontario-region. It’s important to remember that a recruitment agency, like LRO Staffing, would likely never send an unsolicited text with a questionable message asking for personal information or referencing crypto currency payments. If you receive a message like this, please note that it is not LRO Staffing. While we undertake direct recruitment activities, we would likely only do so through professional channels such as Indeed or LinkedIn. We can confidently say we have not had a data breach to our systems, and these fraudulent texts have been sent to Ontario residents at random.

That said, detecting whether a job offer is a scam is essential to protect yourself from potential fraud and identity theft. Scammers often post as other companies or use enticing job offers to trick unsuspecting individuals. It is important to protect highly sensitive personal information prior to securing employment. Here are some tips to help you identify if a job offer is fraudulent:

  • Research the Company: Start by researching the company offering the job. Look for an official website, contact information, and a physical address. Scammers often use generic email addresses and websites that lack professionalism. You can always contact the company to verify the communications were in fact sent from them.
  • Beware of Unrealistic Job Offers: Carefully review the job posting for any signs of suspicious activity. Watch out for vague job descriptions, unrealistic salary offers, promises of minimal work, and overly enthusiastic language.
  • Research the Recruiter: If you are contacted by a recruiter, check their credentials and verify their identity. A legitimate recruiter will have a professional online presence and connections on LinkedIn. You can always send them a direct message to confirm that the job offer in fact came from them if it seems suspect.
  • Never Pay for a Job: Never pay any upfront fees or provide personal financial information for a job opportunity. Legitimate employers will not ask for money to hire you.
  • Watch for Red Flags in Communication: Be suspicious if the communication is riddled with grammatical errors, typos, or unusual phrasing, as well as if communications are from personal emails or unverified phone numbers. Legitimate employers usually communicate professionally.
  • Check Online Reviews: Look for reviews or reports of scams related to the company or job offer on websites like the Better Business Bureau, Glassdoor, Google, or scam-reporting websites.
  • Consult with Others: Seek advice from friends, family, or colleagues before accepting a job offer, especially if you have doubts.
  • Listen to Your Instincts: If something about the job offer feels off or makes you uncomfortable, trust your instincts. It’s better to be cautious and investigate further.

Should you receive a fraudulent job opportunity, we encourage you to click here to report it.

Alita Fabiano

Author Alita Fabiano

Specializing in strategic communications, digital accessibility, as well as diversity and inclusion, Alita Fabiano has a passion for championing a stronger workforce through inclusion. Alita’s insights have also been published in the Ottawa Business Journal and Canadian SME Magazine, as well as she has been invited to speak to several organizations about inclusivity and accessibility.

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