- Suzette Tiempo
Work in Canada: How to Spot a Fake Job Offer
Updated: Feb 1, 2022
For many foreign workers, landing a job in Canada is a dream come true and an opportunity that accompanies numerous benefits.
However, finding a job in Canada is a struggle for many skilled foreign job seekers. The entire endeavour is made worse by becoming a victim of a fake Canadian job offer.
Many scammers take advantage of the vulnerable position international job seekers are in and seek to make quick money in the name of "visa formalities" or "work permit processing."
To ensure that you don't fall prey to these scams, doing your research and gaining as much knowledge as possible are the best routes to take.
How to Spot a Fake Job Offer
Here are some indications that may mean that you are dealing with a fake job offer:
1. The Offer Seems Too Good to be True
Even as a well-qualified professional, some job offers can seem too good to be true. A job position that offers unusually generous perks is usually a scam. For example, if you receive a job offer that provides a salary that is significantly higher than the market average, be skeptical about it.
You can check the minimum wage for different job roles on Canadian government websites.
2. A Job Offer That You Didn't Even Apply For
If you didn't apply for a job yet are getting an offer, this is your cue not to trust that offer.
Many scammers now reach out to people on LinkedIn to offer them jobs they did not apply for. Furthermore, some fraudulent individuals may find your CV posted on various job websites, leading to them directly contacting you via email.
3. Vague or Minimal Contact Information
A genuine job offer always contains ample information about the employer. If your job offer does not have detailed business contact info, such as the firm's name, address, email, and telephone number, you should question its credibility.
4. Employer Demands for LMIA/Work Permit Payments
This is the best way to recognize whether a job offer is genuine or not. Scammers often try to make you pay for work permits or LMIA formalities. Remember, Canada is a no-placement fee country. It is illegal to pay for a job in Canada.
However, the LMIA process needs to be completed by the employer, after which the employee has to apply for a work permit. You cannot get a work permit by simply paying a fee.
Any fee involved in the process is paid directly on the Canadian government's website and not directly to the employer. If you are asked to make a payment to the employer immediately, your job offer is likely fake.
Finding Genuine Job Offers
Unfortunately, job scams are on the rise. Many innocent individuals with the right intentions make significant financial mistakes due to frauds that prey on their pain points.
To save yourself from getting cheated out of your hard-earned money, be aware of the little nuances that can help you separate a fake job offer from a genuine one.
If you believe you have come across a Canada job offer scam, you can report to Canada’s Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).