Scammers will often pose as recruiters to take advantage of hopeful job applicants by misrepresenting themselves as acting on behalf of popular companies.
These scammers will post fraudulent job listings or contact job seekers and offer employment with several possible goals—including gaining access to sensitive personal information like social security numbers and bank account information, often tricking the victim into cashing a bogus check and either sending funds back to the scammer or purchasing equipment from a "trusted" vendor. When the check bounces a few days later, the victim is out the money they sent to the scammer.
Please be extra cautious if you see a job listing on a third-party job website and be especially careful about what information you share during the interview process.
To help you spot attempted fraud and identity theft, the following section of this article includes a list of ways to verify whether InVision actually posted the job listing or sent you a job offer.
Verifying legitimacy of a job listing or job offer from InVision
There are a few signs you should look for when trying to determine if a job listing or job offer from InVision is legitimate:
- Is the listing also present on our primary jobs page? If so, apply directly from our website rather than through an external listing. Some scammers will harvest the text from legitimate job listings to make their scam seem more trustworthy. When in doubt, apply directly on our company's job page rather than through another job page.
- Does the listing or the communication from the company contain lots of typos or grammatical errors? Are they contacting you from an @gmail.com address or from a domain that doesn't match the company's actual domain (e.g., invisionco.com instead of invisionapp.com)? These are often signs that the person you're talking to isn't who they appear to be.
- Do they offer to send you a check for buying equipment or getting setup? This is a common element to this scam and in general we do not require our newly hired employees to purchase their own equipment.
When in doubt, contact InVision Support before sharing any personal information with the recruiter who has contacted you or before applying and we can help you verify that you're not being targeted with a scam.
Responding if you've given a scammer personal information or cashed their check?
If you've given the scammer any sensitive details such as your social security number, bank account numbers, or other details commonly found on a W4 then you are at risk for identity theft. You should review advice from a trusted resource such as https://www.identitytheft.gov/ and you should contact your bank immediately to ensure that your accounts are protected.