How to protect yourself against fake jobs online
Posted June 17th, 2016 -- 12:46 AM
For those of you who have been using akwajobs for a long time now, you will attest that the number of fake jobs coming from the site has dropped from an average of 5-6/week to 0/month.
This is thanks to a rigorous screening process we have put in place that screens out the fake jobs thus giving us the advantage of being an open platform with no fake jobs. At akwajobs, employers/recruiters can post their job vacancies directly on the site, however, those jobs aren't made available to the public until it goes through our authentication process. In this post, we will give you some of the red signs that come with fake jobs. You have to be armed so you don't fall a victim.
Non-corporate email address
This is one of the chief signs. Imagine a company like Ecobank that has a robust IT department with an excellent IT infrastructure requesting job applicants to apply to a job using an email address like firstname.lastname@example.org. How can this be possible when all knowledge workers (accountants, tellers, managers, customer service agents etc) have unique email addresses with Ecobank? This is one of the clearest signs that the job is a scam. If the perpetrators don't ask for money, they need email addresses that they sell to spammers. Whenever you see this, please watch out!
Demand of money for application processing
It is evident that most Cameroonians want to get a good job. As such people are willing to go the extra mile just so they have the job. It is also evident that thieves have gotten into the game and are defrauding people who appear to be desperate yet determined. Most often, these sums aren't much. They could be as small as 1,000 F CFA or more. But imagine having 1,000 F CFA from 500 persons is 500,000 F CFA. So, to be on the safe side, once a so called recruiter asks for payment for application processing, think twice before paying the money. But there are genuine recruitment companies that require a registration fee for them to include you in their database. That's different. And the sums required for registration are much more. Mind the difference.
If you doubt any job, you can send it to us to verify if it is authentic or not. Also, please call our attention when you think a job on our site is fake. We attend to it immediately.