How to report a scam job listing

  • How to report a scam job listing
16 Oct, 2023
Daniel Cohen
11 min
how to report a job scammer

You shouldn’t keep quiet about a scam job listing

Learn how to get scam job offers taken offline.

When you encounter a scam job listing, chances are that you might know that they are fraudulent. If you find out that they are not genuine, you can avoid them. However, you should not stop there.

This is because some other persons who do not have a trained eye might fall for the unscrupulous scheme. Also, it’s necessary to have the law in hot pursuit of whoever is behind those fraudulent job listings.

What gives?

We are obligated to report scam job listings. Therefore, this post discusses how to report a scam job listing.

Reporting a scam job listing to the Federal Trade Commission

Since, as responsible members of society, we have a duty to protect it, the Federal Trade Commission has made it easy for us to report scam job listings.

The first step is to visit their Report Fraud website. This is where you report the scam job listing whether or not you fell victim to it. There is a possibility that they will not resolve your own report. However, the reports are shared with thousands of law enforcers and partnering agencies. 

This aids their investigations and helps them bring cases against the persons behind the deceitful job listing. Consequently, it reduces the chances of such scenarios rearing their ugly heads again.

As you make your report of the scam job listing to the FTC, you’ll do the following:

  • Identify that the report is related to a job or a money-making opportunity
  • State who the perpetrators were pretending to be
  • Mention whether or not you sent any form of payment to the scammer
  • State how much in total was sent, if you made a payment 
  • State when the most recent payment was made
  • Point out how you first found out about the job listing
  • Provide as many details as you know about the company
  • Provide details about yourself
  • State whether you’re reporting on behalf of yourself or someone else

When you’ve submitted these details, the FTC will take it up from there.

Reporting a scam job listing to the relevant platform

Another way to report a scam job listing is to lodge a complaint with the admin of the relevant platforms. Virtually every job listing platform provides for such needs. Whether or not they follow up on the complaints of their users is another story.

Some notable job listing platforms or websites include:


The platforms might have a better idea of whoever is behind the fraudulent job listing. This ups the chances of clamping down on the perpetrators.

The emotional stress of dealing with a job scam is not to be underestimated, particularly when you fall for it. When it comes to following up in order to bring the perpetrators to book, we’d be happy to take the burden off your shoulders. Contact us today.

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Daniel Cohen
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Daniel Cohen is a Founding Partner of Consumer Attorneys and a co-chair of Consumer Finance Litigation practice. Since 2017, he is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the National Consumer Law Center. Mr. Cohen is a nationally-recognized practitioner of consumer protection law. He has a wealth of proven legal experience in the US in: collective claims, representing visually impaired people who believe their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act have been violated in both the physical and digital environments, corporate governance and dispute resolution. Read more

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