How to spot a job scam

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New research has shown that many jobseekers are having trouble spotting the signs of a job scam.

The survey of 2,000 UK workers revealed that a vast majority - 72.1 per cent - admitted that they would not recognise the signs of a job scam, assuming that any online job post was legitimate.

And 98 per cent of candidates would continue with an application even if they suspect that a job might not be genuine.

CV-Library, and SAFERJobs, who conducted the survey, have compiled a guide to spotting job scams.

* Use of personal email addresses i.e. joebloggs@hotmail.com rather than company or organisational ones

* Regular spelling and grammatical mistakes, often indicate poor translation

* Unrealistic salaries (if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is)

* Stating ‘No Experience Necessary’ as a job title

* A job offer without an interview

* Extortionate DBS costs (anything over £75 should be queried), or requesting a candidate to pay for a CRB check (Criminal Records Bureau), which no longer exists

* Premium rate phone numbers for interviews

* Illegitimate company names and web addresses