Many people around the world dreams of living and working in Canada. There is a variety of jobs available in the country and its diverse context makes Canada a land of opportunity. Hopeful applicants coming from outside of Canada may rely on the means of surfing the web for employment offers in Canada. Unfortunately, the web is full of job scams designed to take advantage of one’s aspirations. These individuals reach out to job seekers and offer them what is presented as a “legitimate Canadian job offer,” when in fact it is fraudulent or a scam.
Correspondingly, we are outlining several warning signs and tips that can help individuals identify dishonest, fraudulent tactics that specifically targets hopeful job seekers aspiring to work in Canada.
Warning signs that can help you recognize a fraudulent job offer includes:
- Required payment: This is recognized as the most common sign of a job scam since employees do not pay the employer, it is supposed to be the other way around or vice versa
- Being asked to provide sensitive information: If your personal information such as date of birth, passport number, bank details or address is requested in a job offer, it is a scam. These personal details do not apply nor help construct the job offer itself.
- No experience required: If the job description is vague and the job offer does not require any skills or experience, this is usually a sign of a job scam because even an entry-level job requires some sore of experience or skills to complete the job
- Unprofessional communication: Job offers are designed to be formal and professionally presented with little to no grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and incorrect punctuation. If a job offer contains errors on grammar, spelling and punctuation, it is a scam.
- Suspicious emails: Emails that do not include any form of contact information from the potential employer or are sent from a personal account are usually employment scams. For example, in receiving a job offer from a personal account, scammers may use excuses such as “the company’s server is down, “the company is facing spam issues,” or most notably “the company has not set up its email accounts.”
Further, here are some tips on ow to avoid fraudulent job offers:
- Perform thorough research: If you have received a job offer from a Canadian company, take the time to look into the company’s information. One should have no trouble in finding information online, including its website and customer reviews, if the company is indeed legitimate.
- Check scam lists: When you receive a job offer from a Canadian firm, you can contact organizations such as Better Business Bureau of Federal Trade Commission to check whether the said firm has been reported as a scammer.
- Be alert and be wary of false promises: If an employer promises you fast processing times, high salary or an easy entry to Canada, you should proceed with caution. Always remember that no one can guarantee your entry to Canada.
If you need further help in reporting a fraudulent job offer letter, you can use the following methods:
- File a complaint with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) which is Canada’s central repository for information about fraud. It is managed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Competition Bureau Canada, and the Ontario Provincial Police. Filing of the complaint can be done by paper or online.
- Report the company or organization to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) which is a nonprofit organization consisting 106 independently incorporated local BBB organizations in the United States and Canada. Filing of the complaint can be done online through their website.
Consequently, it is important for hopeful job seekers to identify the red flags upon receiving an employment offer in Canada. An authentic job offer does not:
- Require payment
- Ask personal, sensitive information
- Neglect experience and skills
- Present unprofessional communication
- Send suspicious emails
And if you have encountered or received a fraudulent job offer, there are methods that can help you avoid and report these individuals.