In many situations it is very difficult to distinguish a real job from a scam job. Many of these scam postings are done in places you would not suspect it including college career centers. They post in newspapers, online databases, job boards and more. That is why it is paramount that you be careful and aware when conducting your job search. Watch out for those red flags because once you get accustomed to them they are easy to spot.
It is very simple if you have not worked do not accept any money! Job scammers in many cases tell you they will pay you in advance for miscellaneous items like office supplies or personal items. When you get these checks they are not real and will bounce every time. Either do not accept checks or go to a bank to see if the check is legit.
Many legitimate jobs online requires you to provide a lot of standard information, like your address or Social Security number. However, you should always check to make sure the site you are using to apply is secure. Just make sure the URL of the application begins with "https." And never give your information through email or over the phone.
Some scammers will post a job under a legitimate company's name, but then contact you as a different, fake company in the hopes you just won't remember all of the jobs you've applied to. Keep a notebook or spreadsheet that lists each position and company you send an application to and don't respond to anyone unfamiliar.
If someone reaches out to you from a company you've never heard of, do a quick internet search to check them out to see if others have been scammed by them. Also, keep an eye out for people who do not have a company domain name in their email address, but instead use a free email service (e.g., XYZ@companyname.com vs. XYZ@gmail.com).
If the employer does not want to meet you face-to-face (whether in person or over video) this is good sign that the job is a scam. In addition, they'll most likely hire you on the spot during the chat interview and ask for your bank account information right away. Never give this information out over an internet chat room.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Pay attention to the pay rate you are being offered and compare it to similar jobs in your area. If they offer to pay you $30 an hour to answer phones at home because their office is under construction, let this be a red flag.