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Job Search Safety Advice


The internet has made it easy to search and apply for jobs using a few mouse clicks and your keyboard; however, job seekers must also realize that this has made it almost as easy for scammers to take advantage of them.

Valid or legitimate Job sites will not ask for any banking or personal information or any kind of money deposits. Legitimate job sites always charge the employer for use, not from prospective employees.

Do not provide personal or sensitive information in your resume, for example:
  1. Your social insurance number.
  2. Your age, marital status, date of birth
  3. Your driver's license number
  4. Your health card number
  5. Your banking or financial information, which includes credit card or bank account numbers and any Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) or National Identity card Number.
Certain information may be shared with an employer, only after the hiring process has begun. If a job posting seems questionable, please think again before sending your application.


How to spot a potential job scam:

  • High pay. No experience necessary; the employer promises high pay in a short time for little work; as well as claims about working conditions like the ability to "set your own hours," "be your own boss" or "work from home."
  • The employer may ask for a "processing" fee for handling your application; professional employers do not charge fees to potential employees.
  • The email domain uses a free site i.e. @hotmail, @gmail.
  • Email-only communication; the employer hires without interviewing or meeting the employee or requesting any signatures on official hiring documents.
  • Management of monetary transactions; the employer states that they are "currently out of the country on business," and proceed to ask the new hire to buy things for them promising reimbursement.
  • Not able to contact or identify person posting
  • The company phone number is unlisted or not available when you call
  • Company website only includes the job posting info and not information about the company
  • Overly-simplified requirements and/or qualifications
  • Broken English, spelling mistakes and/or grammar errors
  • Requests for bank account, credit card information or your Social Security number
  • Repacking or reshipping items from your home
Be sure to research all job postings carefully. Verify that the job exists and visit the company's official website, or even call the company to confirm.


If you suspect a job posting on CareerVIU is fraudulent, please contact us immediately at cel@viu.ca and we will work with you to identify an appropriate course of action.

If you think you are a victim of an employment scam, please contact your local police or the
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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