Guidelines for Safe Job Search

The internet has made many functions of daily life easier and more efficient. But it has also given unscrupulous individuals new tools to perpetrate scams. At Indeed, our mission of helping people get jobs includes working proactively to keep predatory content out of search results and providing tools to help job seekers protect their personal information and financial well-being.

The following guidelines are designed to help job seekers recognise and avoid fraudulent tactics.

Job Search Do’s

Look for verifiable company email addresses. Larger, more established companies have email addresses with top level domains that match their websites. Communications from such large established companies should most often not come from publicly available addresses like yahoo or gmail. If you are contacted by someone with a generic address, ask if they are able to conduct communications via a company domain email address. If they can’t or won’t, proceed with caution.

Watch closely for email addresses with misspelled or “spoofed” company names. These are often similar to, but not exactly matching the actual company name. Examples of suspicious addresses include “Info@company.net” instead of “Info@company.com,” and misspelled company names like “Info@companie.com” or  “Info@compaany.com.”

Match the job offer to your application. Avoid bait-and-switch scams by confirming that employers that respond to your applications are offering the job for which you applied.

Be cautious when pursuing positions with salaries, perks and flexibility that seem too good to be true. Ask questions to confirm that the position is salaried (not commission only) and that there is a physical base of operations when a “work from home” opportunity is advertised.

Insist on an in-person meeting. Be wary of job offers that come with little or no interview process. Scammers will often avoid face-to-face interviews by relying on chat services, Skype calls or Google hangouts while offering “work from home” positions.

Always report suspicious communications to Indeed. If you are contacted by someone you suspect of fraudulent intentions or suspicious business practices, please contact Indeed immediately.

Job Search Don’ts

Never send any form of payment to a potential employer you apply to on Indeed. Not only is charging fees a violation of Indeed’s rules for companies, these are often a type of scam (see “Types of Scams to Avoid”).

Never agree to perform any financial transaction on behalf of a potential employer. This includes accepting or making wire transfers or cashing cheques sent to you in order to make purchases on someone’s behalf.

Never agree to a job that involves opening multiple accounts and/or posting ads on Indeed or on other sites. These are likely scammers and you could become involved in activities that put you in financial and legal jeopardy.

Never accept money upfront for work you have not performed. This is a tactic commonly used in financial scams and puts you at considerable legal risk.

Types of Scams to Avoid

Money Laundering Scams

Reputable, legitimate companies should never ask you to perform financial transactions or money transfers for them, especially via Western Union or MoneyGram. Even though you are not asked to transfer any of your own money, these unsavoury entities are often looking for other people to perform scam related financial transactions so they don’t have to.

Fee Scams

It shouldn’t cost you money to apply for a job. Types of fees often levied unscrupulously include:

  • application fees
  • recruiter placement fees
  • interview reservations
  • training fees
  • CV formatting/re-writing fees


If you have any concerns about a job you find on Indeed or receive any communication of job offer that concerns you, please contact Indeed immediately.

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