Fraudulent employment offers are on the rise, thanks largely to the anonymity that the Internet offers. The spurious agents who make such offers do so in the name of reputable recruiters and companies.
It’s possible that someone may even make such offers claiming to represent Vista Projects. Typically, these types of fake offers involve a request for money from the candidate based on the promise of a job. Sometimes, the request may come with the addendum of another request – this one for your bank account information.
How to Identify Fake Job Offers – the SCAM Check
The rising instances of fraudulent job offers make it a poignant time to learn how you could recognize and avoid becoming victims of fallacious job offers. Since most of these offers are made through emails, performing a SCAM Check would be a decent way to tackle the problem.
S- Sender’s email
The first thing do with an email is seeing if you are familiar with the sender’s email ID. Make sure you check the email address of the sender and not just the display name.
C- Confidential information
Check if the sender asks in the content of the email for any confidential information. This may include details such as your credit card, bank account, or social insurance number.
A common trait of scammers is that they send out emails in bulk. Also, they begin the mail content with such generic greetings like “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To whom it may concern.” More often than not, they misspell your name in the communication. So you need to check for these types of signs and also see if the email is addressed specifically to you.
Check for spelling errors and/or grammar inconsistencies in the mail. Scammers generally use tools like Google translate to compile messages; so, errors are more common in their writing than anyone who finished 5th grade English.
If you feel suspicious after having done a SCAM Check on an email, you could do a Google search with the name of the sender or company along with keywords like “fraud” or “scam.” Chances are high that someone else might have been defrauded by the same party before, and reports of the same could show up in the search results.
Vista’s Recruitment Process
To ensure we receive the best candidates, and also to make sure that candidates interact directly with Vista representatives, we follow a multi-step recruitment process involving different personnel. If you somehow receive a job offer from Vista without completing this process, it is most likely fraudulent.
1. The job applications to Vista are received through our careers portal. This ensures that all the applications are routed directly to our hiring managers.
2. As the second step, selected candidates are invited to take part in a video interview for the position.
3. The candidates shortlisted from video interviews are sent a technical skills test they should undertake. This is to assess their extent of knowledge in their particular area of expertise.
4. Based on the results of the technical test, successful candidates are invited for an in-person interview. This interview would be with the hiring manager, in the presence of a human resources representative.
5. The shortlisted candidates from the fourth step would make it to the fifth and final step – which is to meet our CEO. The interaction with our CEO is largely to assess if the candidate is a solid cultural fit for Vista.
Things to know about job communication from Vista Projects
With regard to fraudulent offers, following are some of the key things you should know about Vista:
- We never ask for money from prospective candidates. Neither do we request bank account details until a new employee begins to work.
- We don’t ask candidates for their credit score.
- We never instruct a candidate to undertake paid training during the recruitment process.
- Apart from salary expectations and past experience, we never ask for a candidate’s confidential information.
- We never extend an offer of employment without the authorized company representative(s) meeting the candidate in person.
Typical Warning Signs for Fake Job Offers
There are a few common warning signs with fraudulent job offers which you should be wary of. Some of the most common are listed here:
- If the offer sounds too good to be true, it’s probably fake. Typical examples include an inordinately high compensation offer compared to the industry standards or offering the job right away without any in-person interview.
- If the job description in the email sounds too vague, it’s a warning sign. In genuine communication, the job description would be rather descriptive, often listing the different responsibilities point by point. Fake communication glosses over the description – often mentioning just the designation – and focuses more on the purported salary and perks that you would receive. Check out our future job opportunities for examples of what a job posting with Vista would look like.
- For some reason, online scammers seem to have an affinity for Yahoo Instant Messenger (IM). Many of the fake job offers online that mention an interview would happen over Yahoo IM. The use of this particular application, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a scam. But there’s a decent chance it could be. So, if you receive a communication of this kind, please do a background check about the company in question.
- Another warning sign is if the email that you receive doesn’t contain any contact address – as in a physical mailing address, office, cell, and/or fax number. Also, if the job offer seems to have come from someone’s personal email ID, the chances of this job being real are not looking too strong.
So, keep these warning signs in mind the next time you come across an online job offer. And stay safe out there!
Help Vista Prevent Fraud
If you receive an email or any other mode of communication from someone claiming to represent Vista Projects with information contrary to what’s mentioned above, please forward the communication to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may verify the authenticity of the email.