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Avoiding Online Job Scams

Posted by | 30/10/2014 | Job Blog

Job seekers who use online job search web sites must be careful to avoid a type of job scam in which the applicant is asked to accept payment to his or her own bank account. These are known as payment-forwarding or payment-transfer scams.

Payment-transfer scams involve a con artist who pretends to be an employer. The con artist uses a job ad to lure an unsuspecting job seeker, or they may use information from a resume they have found online. Such con artists can be quite convincing, and may even steal company names and corporate logos to convince victims that they are legitimate employers.

After the con artist has won the job seeker’s trust, the con artist tricks the job seeker into giving up bank account numbers. The reasons given for this can be clever. One ploy is to tell the job seeker they can only deliver paychecks by “direct deposit.

“The “job” a job seeker will be asked to do involves forwarding or wiring money from a personal bank account, a PayPal account, or from Western Union to another account. The other account is often overseas. As part of their pay, the job seeker is instructed to keep a small percentage of the money as their payment. Sometimes the payment for making the money transfer is as low as $15. Sometimes it is as high as several hundred or several thousand dollars. Almost always, the money the victims are transferring is stolen, and therefore, the victims are committing theft and wire fraud. Usually, this kind of scam involves at least two or three victims.

There are many variations of payment-forwarding scams. Following are very simple tips that will go far to protect you from falling victim with some clarifications noted below. Again, this scam can be quite clever and refined.

  1. Do not give personal bank account, PayPal account, or credit card numbers to an employer.
  2. Do not agree to have funds or paychecks direct deposited to any of your accounts by a new employer.
  3. Do not forward, transfer, or “wire” money to an employer.
  4. Do not transfer money and retain a portion for payment.

Legitimate employers do not usually need your bank account numbers. While direct deposit of a paycheck is a convenience, if that is the only option an employer offers, then you should not accept the job. A legitimate employer will give you the option of direct deposit, but not demand that it is used. You should wait until you have met the employer in person before agreeing to a direct deposit option.

Please inform us if some employers, companies or recruitment agents try to
charge a fee (or ask for money) for any apply.

Chevron Job Scams:

Chevron would like to advise that those who wish to seek employment with Chevron in Indonesia are to visit only the Chevron official recruitment site

It has come to our attention that fictitious job offers are being made by individuals, organizations and Internet sites that claim they’re representing Chevron. Please be aware that these communications are fraudulent and not originate from Chevron. They are a scam.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused by these individuals, and we hope the following information will be helpful:

  1. Chevron has never requested any payment to applicants or appoint any travel agent for the recruitment process.
  2. Applicants who is currently under the recruitment process and passed to the next recruitment stage will be formally contacted and invited by Chevron through email with domain “” or “”

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