How to check if the Canadian job is real or fake

You may follow these instructions in order to check if a job offer in Canada is real or fake. Scamsters know job seekers are vulnerable enough and are inclined to pay private information or some other solution for their job. If you are ever involved in scams, you are not alone.

Past scams have been on the rise since the outbreak of the pandemic. Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) statistics reveal that in 2021 there were nearly 68,000 fraud cases, not including December. Loss that year totaled over $ 231 million, more than twice the loss from the previous year.

Knowledge is your best guard against scams. Beyond the site of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has a fraud tracker that monitors reports of fraud. On this website, we have gathered some tips to guide you toward legitimate offers and more.


How to avoid job scam offers?

Typically, if you go through all the details of the job offer and look for pointers, the chances are very good that you're right. Here are some cues that could indicate that you have a fake job offer:

If you don’t apply for it, it’s probably not real.

  • Fake job offers are usually unsolicited. They come from companies you didn’t apply for, jobs you didn’t apply for.

They can offer a very high salary

  • And they may have vague requirements that make them think that someone can be a good candidate (over 18 years of age, no experience required, etc.) they are designed to confuse your emotions so that you think about finding a job.

The sender’s email address may or may not be suspicious.

  • Legitimate business owners use free email services like Gmail, but companies are more likely to have their own domain name in their email address. Remember though, scammers are able to hijack emails from existing companies and pretend to be employers.
  • If you suspect that you have received a fake job offer from a real company – do not reply to emails – contact someone else at that company to see if they have really tried to hold you back.
  • If there is no contact information in the sender’s email, it may be a red flag.

Fake employers may ask you to pay for a job offer.

  • They may give you a check for the purchase of supplies, which proves to be counterfeit and will leave you on the hook for what you bought.
  • You do not have to pay for a valid job offer or do any transaction activities.

They want personal information like your home address and your social insurance number (SIN)

  • Your SIN should never be given unless required by law. Employers only need your SIN after you hire.


Do a simple search before you settle on anything. Don't click on a link, respond to a message or open anything until you're sure that you are chatting with a genuine organization. You should've expected their message. Look up a company's name using  scam  to see what the information is like.

If you suspect you have received a fake job offer, you can report it to CAFC and BBB.


Finding Real Job Offers: Network and Apply:

When you get a real job offer, it is from a company you know. Either you applied for it, or you got acquainted with them through networking.

LinkedIn estimates that about 85% of work is available through networking. So if you know people in Canada, ask them for leads.

If you live in Canada, you can also search for employment services provided by your municipality or province. If you are an international student, your university will have the resources to help you find a job.


When you are applying online, try to send your application directly to the company’s website

You can also locate job training resources that are specially made to assist newcomers find jobs. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)  offers a free settlement and employment service on its website, which you can use whether you are in Canada or abroad. Canada additionally has a job bank website where Canadian employers can search for local and international talent.

You can also go to the websites of the communities participating in the Rural and Northern Migration Pilot (RNIP) to see businesses looking for foreign workers. In addition, you can select an employer within the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)'s visa program to look for foreign workers.

In your application letter, present yourself in a manner that will be familiar to the employer. Be sure to include the traditional Canadian resume, which only needs less personal information than what is required in other countries. Explain to the hiring manager why you are a good fit and how you would benefit the company. Also, do a quick background check on the company to see if it’s a good place to work.

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