How to Detect If A Job is a Scam or the Business is Legitimate

One of our reference librarian’s had an interesting question the other day from someone who was out-of-state. The caller couldn’t find any information on a business and was beginning to wonder if it was legitimate.  As you check on a business that offers a job opportunity of interest, are there markers you can look for or other websites you can check if you become suspicious? has a good list of seven items to look out for.  One of them is a list of additional sites for further checking.  Just be careful after item number seven.  Right under seven and before “Tips and Warnings”, there are four sites listed that are “Ads by Google.”  It would be easy to mistake them as part of the article.  Ads are placed to the best financial advantage of the groups or persons placing them, but not always for the person using the site.  Always be on the watch for this and be aware whether you are clicking on an ad or a link.  Click here to take a look at the list.

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has put up a list of work-at-home scam types, complete with warning markers and questions to ask.   Click here to view the article.


2 Responses to How to Detect If A Job is a Scam or the Business is Legitimate

  1. Carla says:

    Google does not place the ads. Whoever is in charge of the site places the ads. Google does have some restrictions, but webmasters are always looking for the best way to “get the click”. I just thought you should know that.

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