As the number of people searching for jobs increases, especially during COVID, unfortunately so does the number of scammers. Every once in a while, we will receive an email from someone who has mentioned they have applied for a job position at Tatum Games via Linkedin. This is very perplexing because Tatum Games has never posted any jobs on Linkedin. This does not mean that we never will use Linkedin, it’s just that we currently opt to use alternative methods to recruit talent. Today, to work for Tatum Games you will have to apply directly on our site at https://tatumgames.com/careers/ or via job postings on Indeed. We have never used Linkedin or any other job recruitment platform outside of Indeed.
With scams on the rise, it’s important to be able to tell a fake job posting from a real one.
Why Do These Fake Postings Even Exist?
Before we get into how to spot a fake job posting, let’s discuss why they exist in the first place. There are a few reasons fake job postings exist.
1. Resume and Information Gathering – These scammers are collecting emails and other personal information. Personal data is valuable, and they will use your resume and job applications to get information such as your email, name, address, social security number and other valuable information.
2. Spammers – These scammers oftentimes will collect your email address then turn around and sell it to other people or organizations.
3. Long Game – As they go through their fake job interviews, they will eventually ask you for banking information or even upfront payment.
What To Look Out For?
Job posting scams are easy to get caught up in because the scammers will advertise jobs the same way legitimate employers do – online (in ads, on job sites, and social media), in newspapers, and sometimes on TV and radio. They promise you a job, but what they want is your money and your personal information.
But do not fret, there are some common signs that a job isn’t real.
1. The contact can’t be found in a Google search.
2. No company information listed.
3. Grammatical errors and spelling mistakes in the job posting, followup emails, or other direct messages.
4. Money is involved.
5. Personal information is required beyond the scope of a standard job application or agreement.
- Sounds too good to be true.
In the cases where scammers pretended to be staff from Tatum Games, they were using email addresses from gmail. All legitimate Tatum Games employees have the email format, <first name>.<last name>@tatumgames.com. For example, email@example.com . If you do not see the @tatumgames.com domain, the email is not coming from a legitimate Tatum Games source and is most likely a scammer. Report them and block their contact information immediately. Stay safe out there and remember to check our careers page frequently for any available positions. Happy job-hunting!