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Employment Fraud

Employment fraud is on the rise. Fraudulent employers take advantage of those who are new to the job market and may not be familiar with the norms of the employment process. The best way to protect yourself is to be informed.

Exercise caution when:
  • An opportunity seems too good to be true.
  • The job posting contains grammatical and spelling errors.
  • The posting states high compensation when little or no experience is required.
  • You have difficulty contacting the recruiter or verifying the recruiter’s identity.
  • The recruiter’s email does not match or reflect the organization’s online domain name.
  • Recruiters are willing to hire you without meeting you first.
  • You are asked for detailed personal and financial information during the application process.
  • You are asked to send money for pre-employment screening, training, or materials/software.
  • You are asked to use your personal bank account to conduct business.
  • You are pressured to sign a contract and do not fully understand what you are signing.

Before accepting a job offer, you should not:

  • Provide financial information (debit card number, credit card information, etc.)
  • Provide a copy of your bank account information
  • Provide your Social Insurance Number
  • Provide a copy of your student ID card, driver’s license or passport
Some common employment scams – visit Consumer Protection Ontario to learn more about the following:
  • Mystery shopper scam
  • Expensive job supplies
  • Costly job training
  • Phoney employment agency
  • Bogus business opportunities
  • Make big profits working from home
  • Foreign job scam
  • Get-rich-quick schemes
  • Pyramid schemes
  • Consultant fee scam
Before accepting a job offer, you should:
  • Have an interview and establish the legitimacy of the organization through its website, office location and the person you meet (in-person or in an interview online).
  • Receive verbal and written notification of the job offer. Typically employers will provide you with an offer letter or contract which includes job title, date of employment, rate of pay and could include other information such as job responsibilities.
Please contact Laurier’s Career Centre if you suspect you have encountered a fraudulent employer or require any assistance.