Teens that are looking for work in the 21st century have got their work cut out for them. Not only is the entire world recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, but jobs that are available to teenagers seem fewer and farther between. This is in part because so many adults that used to work forty hours a week have settled for part-time positions that used to be held primarily by teenage workers, making job searches more competitive for teenagers.
Unfortunately, these difficulties have given rise to a special breed of con artists here in the 21st century job market: job scammers.
In good economies, most teenagers and young adults can easily spot a job scam, because it sounds too good to be true. The sad part is that during a tough economy, those same scams start to look more and more appealing to the unemployed, mainly because desperation tends to cloud people’s judgment.
So what can you do to ensure that you’re applying for a legit position, and not one that’s going to end up ruining your credit score? Check out the list below to find out more about common job scams.
1) The Internet job scam. As old as the Internet itself, online job scammers prove that whenever something new and useful arrives on the job market, criminals and dishonest scammers are going to try to prosper off of it. While legitimate work can be found online, many sites that advertise “work from home” are really just looking to scam you. Beware of any site that asks for financial information, like a credit card or bank account number. If they’re trying to sell you on a startup package, a one-time membership fee, or the latest super-secret plan to making more money, just click the red “x” at the top corner of your screen.
2) The summer salesman job scam. Some companies love to prey on youthful teenagers during the summer months, promising astonishing earnings just by selling to your friends and family members. These companies usually have an actual product that they want you to sell, and they’ll cut you a percentage of every sale that you make. It may seem encouraging at first, but as soon as you exhaust your list of loved ones to sell products to and your sales begin to slow down, your “employer” will be on to the next hopeful teen, leaving you with a small take of your family’s hard-earned cash in exchange for some dull kitchen knives or energy drinks.
3) The late night infomercial job scam. If you call one of your friends at two in the morning, then that exchange is probably not going to end well. The same goes for late night infomercial personalities that are blessing you with the opportunity of your life: all you have to do is pick up the phone and dial the number, and make sure that your credit card is close by. Don’t fall into the late-night infomercial trap where scammers try to sell you on get-rich-quick schemes and packages that will make you millions. If they’re trying to sell you a product or service, then they’re the ones making all of the money, not you.
Scammers and con artists abound in today’s world. Teenage job seekers and adults alike have to exercise more caution than ever if they want to make sure that they’re applying for a genuine job and not getting taken for a costly ride. Be vigilant in your job search, and always be wary of scammers out there. If anyone ever asks for a credit card or bank account number when you’re looking for work, then it’s time to take your job search elsewhere.