New research has shown that many jobseekers are having trouble spotting the signs of a job scam.
The survey of 2,000 UK workers revealed that a vast majority - 72.1 per cent - admitted that they would not recognise the signs of a job scam, assuming that any online job post was legitimate.
And 98 per cent of candidates would continue with an application even if they suspect that a job might not be genuine.
CV-Library, and SAFERJobs, who conducted the survey, have compiled a guide to spotting job scams.
* Use of personal email addresses i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org rather than company or organisational ones
* Regular spelling and grammatical mistakes, often indicate poor translation
* Unrealistic salaries (if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is)
* Stating ‘No Experience Necessary’ as a job title
* A job offer without an interview
* Extortionate DBS costs (anything over £75 should be queried), or requesting a candidate to pay for a CRB check (Criminal Records Bureau), which no longer exists
* Premium rate phone numbers for interviews
* Illegitimate company names and web addresses