Online employment scams - how to protect yourself

Fake online job postings are on the rise. Emails with fraudulent job offers, purportedly from the McGill University Health Centre, have been targeting job seekers – many of them from overseas. These scams can include fake job listings on websites and legitimate professional and social media networks, including LinkedIn. These fraudsters make false promises about job prospects and encourage candidates to share personal information, and in some cases, send money. 

How to avoid getting tricked

The MUHC is always on the lookout for capable and qualified staff. If you would like to join our team, we strongly encourage you to visit our career page.  

Job candidates should always exercise caution in their online job search. If an employment offer seems too good to be true or if you are concerned about its authenticity, trust your instincts and report suspicious job advertisements. 

Here are some ways to avoid potential employment scams: 

  • Conduct detailed research on the organization before applying for a position. Search engines and social media platforms include valuable information that you can compare to job advertisements and email correspondence. 

  • Never give out personal information.  The MUHC never asks applicants to provide personal information upfront; for example, bank account details or social insurance numbers.