Finding a job or internship during these times is difficult, and the listings on popular job finding sites may be fraudulent. Many budding students may fall prey to these, so we wanted to make a Chrome Extension that alerted users of possible fake job listings.
What is does
Our chrome extension scans a webpage looking for "trigger words". Some examples of these words are "SSN" or "hired immediately", which are often used in scam job listings. After detecting these words, the extension should alert the user with a message of how many trigger words were found. This should warn the user that this listing may be a scam.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
We decided to use a chrome API that is not common and we struggled to implement it. We could not successfully run our chrome extension to show the user the number of "trigger words", but we were able to scan the webpages in question and output a popup box that told the user the page was scanned.
What we learned and Why were proud of it
What's next for red flags
We had initially wanted to create more functions that would thoroughly read the webpage and look for other tells of fake job listings such as grammar errors or searching for missing contact information that should be provided. In the future, we hope to improve upon on project to better scan webpages for potential scams.