One of my friends’ brother, a student, lost ten thousand rupees because he could not have missed the lucrative job offer which was being offered based on his current qualifications.

It was too late when he realized that he had been duped brutely. It was too late for me too to educate him about the dangers of fake job calls and markets and the way they operate. I wish had he contacted me once for my opinion, I should have saved him.

A college student losing ten thousand rupees to such traps can make anyone sad. College students are always in need of money, and the money they get from their parents is too little to fulfill their young-age demands.

I wonder how colleges don’t educate and warn their students against such fraudulent job calls and the market which is always after such vulnerable students.

Unemployment is a global problem. Fresh graduates around the globe go through this painful period of job hunting and securing a ‘good’ job.

The unemployment issue is creating the market for the fake job opportunities which is finally cheating the unemployed and poor students around the globe.

About ten years ago in Bengaluru, India, some candidates went to Infosys office with joining letters in hand. The HR guys at Infosys were baffled about these mysterious candidates who had come for the joining.

They make calls here and there, and to each other in the team to know if anyone knew about these candidates. But soon everything got clear: the candidates had ‘forged’ offer letters, and they had been duped by fake job markets.

The human resources guys came to know that these candidates had attended some technical rounds of interview, and even a few face-to-face interviews as well. Later they also revealed that they had paid a huge amount as fees which secured their job offers.

Police came into action as this news had shocked Bangalore and entire IT job market. There were some arrests made, but that didn’t curb the fraud job market.

The fraudulent job market is still strong and cheating more unemployed people and students than before. Also, the fake job market has changed its style and adapted itself according to the current technical scenario. They have become smarter.

Despite them being smarter, there are many ways to protect oneself from these fraud job market and to identify their calls:

They Talk Too Sweetly:

When genuine recruiters call you, they will come straight to the point. After introducing themselves briefly, they will tell you about the job profile, and after getting your acceptance will leave for the next procedure to take place.

But, the fraudsters will talk to you very nicely as though you are a long lost friend. They ask how’s your life going on, what do you do, what would you like to do. Sometimes they’ll be so fake that you’d burst into laughter and disconnect the call. And this is what you should do, you should disconnect the call once you find them being funny.

The recruiter could be from directly a company or a consultancy (recruitment) firm. The perception of consultancy recruiters being fraud is not true; many companies assign their recruitment jobs to consultancy firms for cost efficiency.

They Generally Hire for Various Companies:

One general thing that you would notice is that they’d say they are hiring for multiple companies, thus your job application will go to various companies.

The fraudsters avoid telling you the job description, because they don’t have one, and since they are not qualified recruiter they don’t understand the job profiles.

The genuine recruiter will proceed with your application for only one employer/client and only one Job Description at a time.

They Don’t Have Access to Popular Job Portals:

Though anyone can have access to any job portals by paying for the subscription, they (fraud callers) don’t generally have access to popular job portals. They’re two reasons: first, the popular job portals like monster.com are costly enough to meet their demands; secondly, these well-known job portals follow protocols to filter such fraudster.

There are various job portals with a cheaper subscription, and these job portals become victim to such fraudsters and scammers. This is why alert job seekers should avoid posting their profiles on cheap or not so popular job portals.

They Finally Ask For Money:

Well, this is the final catch!

Make no mistake: once they ask for money, disconnect them and mark them as Spam. Your money is the thing these fraudsters look for. Note: No reputed or even a registered employer will ever ask for any money for providing any job.

Well, the fakers use a smart trick to get your money. They will ask you to register yourself online by paying a nominal amount. This amount could by any amount, this is the amount they survive on. Such amounts are generally small, and the poor job seekers fall into the trap by giving it a try. With these small amounts, these fakers accumulate a huge sum of money by the end of the day.

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