Indeed prides itself on being a simple and accessible platform for both employers and job seekers.
Indeed has several teams across the globe dedicated to the safety and authenticity of the jobs posted on our platform, but we feel that it’s important to educate job seekers during their search.
If you’re currently on your job search, or even just perusing positions in your spare time, we highly advise all job seekers check out our Safe Search guidelines for basic do’s and don’ts to keep job seekers safe.
Why Do People Scam On Indeed?
Typically, scammers use our platform with the goal of obtaining personal or financial information or money from job seekers.
Examples of commonly used titles scammers advertise:
These roles can include many variations of assistant, including administrative, personal, office, and part-time assistants.
Often, scammers use these positions to advertise a role that seems “too good to be true,” such as working from home, getting paid for 40 hours of work when you only work 30, and receiving a higher salary than the regional average for assistant jobs. These ploys are usually intended to lure applicant’s attention to those positions, encouraging them to apply to these seemingly easy, ideal jobs.
These roles can include many variations of receptionist, including office receptionist, secretary, receptionist/bookkeeper, and more.
Very similar to assistant jobs, receptionist and secretary jobs are also highly searched roles on Indeed. Scammers may use job descriptions that seem too good to be true or post legitimate looking opportunities, and once you’ve applied, they may reach out for more personal information.
Delivery driver and chauffeur jobs
These roles can include variations of driver, including personal driver, delivery driver, part-time driver, and chauffeur.
These roles are also highly searched, and there can be numerous reasons and needs for a delivery or personal driver.
Warehouse worker jobs
These roles can include variations of warehouse worker, stock associate, forklift driver, or machine operator.
These are often entry level jobs that provide good hours and better than average pay, attracting many job seekers.
But Why These Titles?
Because of the popularity of these roles worldwide, these titles make ideal bait for scammers to attempt to gather information from job seekers.
What Happens Next?
Often, scammers push for personal or financial information or money from job seekers. This information could be used in many other ways, from posing as someone they’re not or using this information for future scams to appear legitimate.
While these are some examples of highly used fraudulent jobs, it’s important to remember that there are many legitimate employers on Indeed looking for assistants, receptionists, delivery drivers and more. Some good tips on how to tell the difference can be found in our Safe Search guidelines.
We advise that all job seekers exercise caution in their job search as usual and do their own research about the roles and companies they’re applying to before sharing any information.
Uncertain if an employer is real? Check out our tips on how to verify if an employer or job posting is real.
If you do encounter a job posting that looks suspicious or receive suspicious messages from an employer, immediately report this to us. You can click here to see how easy it is to report jobs, and here for reporting messages.
If you believe you’ve already been a victim of a scam, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and read our tips on next steps to take.