Protecting Yourself Against Scam Job Listings

Mackenzie Roskruge

Business Development Associate

03 June 2024

In 2023, research from BNZ discovered that 9 out of 10 people had been targeted by a scam. Unfortunately, job scams are on the rise where scammers use different job marketplaces to attempt to steal money or personal information.

ZEIL's priority is to promote safe job searching by staying on top of current scams targetting job marketplaces. Here are a few of our top tips to protect yourself in the job market.

Do Not Use Other Messaging Apps for Job Offers

Companies on ZEIL will never contact you about job opportunities through Facebook, Whatsapp, Telegram, Instagram, or any other social media platform. Scammers often utilise social media platforms to impersonate legitimate hirers because they’re easy to set up fake accounts.

How to Spot a Fake Job Offer

Links to Social Media

  • You should never click on a link that directs you to continue communications on social media.

Poor Communication

  • Does the message have grammatical errors or typos? Legitimate hirers typically have a high standard for professional communication

Requests for Money

  • Legitimate companies will never ask you to pay for an interview, training, or background checks

What to Do if you receive a Fake Job Offer

Don’t Reply or Engage

  • Often responses will encourage the illegitimate hirer to continue to attempt to communicate with you.

Go with Your Gut

  • If the job opportunity looks too good to be true. For example, offering a high daily salary for an entry-level remote position is most likely is too good to be true.

Unsure or Concerned About a Job Listing?

  • It’s always better to be safe than sorry when you’re looking for your next job opportunity. We encourage you to message ( if you are concerned about whether or not you have come across a legitimate opportunity.
  • If you feel that your identity may have been compromised, please contact your local authorities.