Job hunting can be and is already a real challenge, and sometimes you might spot a great job on social media and feel like applying right away without checking it out properly. But you have to be careful when looking for jobs online because there are a lot of scams trying to trick job seekers. If you get caught up in a job scam, it could result in you losing money, which is, frighteningly, not the worst case scenario in this situation. Whatever the case is, Malaysians are urged to be more vigilant and not easily deceived when receiving dubious job offers, especially from overseas.
So, if you want to steer clear of job scams on social media, it’s crucial to learn how to identify them. Here are some red flags to to keep an eye out for:
- Don’t fall for any urgent hiring requests – It’s probably a scammer who wants you to give away your personal details without verifying if the job is real or not.
- Don’t get too excited upon discovering job postings that promise high salaries for entry-level positions.
- If someone asks for your bank account info, other personal details or worse; upfront payment, they’re probably not a legit employer – Legit employers won’t ask for that stuff.
- Poor use of the English language with multiple typos and grammatical errors in the job advertisement or text messages – it’s the biggest telltale sign for you to not trust it.
If you think you stumbled upon a job scam on social media, make sure to report it ASAP. In Malaysia, there’s a number of agencies for you to go to:
- File a report with the local police
- Contact the National Scam Response Centre (NSRC) at the 997 hotline
- Report the scam to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
To report the scam, make sure you collect all the evidence you can. This includes taking screenshots of the fake job ads, keeping any emails you’ve exchanged with the scammer, and any other important info you might have. When you’re writing your report, try to include as much detail as you can. This will help the authorities investigate the scam better.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had also recently issued statements regarding the plight of 287 Malaysians who had fallen for fake job scams earlier in the year. “We have taken a rather tough stand. We also urge Malaysians to be more vigilant and not easily deceived,” said the prime minister. According to him, “the Communications and Digital Ministry and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) are taking necessary measures, including tightening laws.”
Lastly, if you come across any job scams on social media, it’s important to report them. This helps keep not just you, but others safe from those sneaky scammers. When you report a job scam, you can prevent other job seekers from falling for it and also help to bring the scammers to justice. Make sure to be smart and stay safe while looking for jobs on social media!