Looking for a job? You’re not alone. With unemployment at a soaring rate of 9.2%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many job hunters are turning to online job boards to post their resume and search for jobs. Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is warning job seekers to proceed with caution before sharing their personal qualifications and inquiring about jobs found online.
As much as the Internet has made searching for jobs easier, it also provides an opportunity for ID thieves and scammers to take advantage of eager—and unsuspecting—job seekers. It’s becoming more and more common for scammers to lure in potential candidates with phrases like, “Get rich quick – without even leaving your home!” all in the hopes of getting their personal information. Craigslist, Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com and now even Facebook are all breeding grounds for scammers and the like.
“Job seekers need to be on the look out for potential scams. Before posting your resume to a career site or inquiring about a job, make sure you know with whom you are dealing,” said Kim States, BBB President. “Many job scammers are having candidates set up direct deposit accounts as part of the application process and making it seem as though it’s naturally part of the process to get an interview—when it’s absolutely not.”
BBB advises job hunters to be on the look out for these red flags when conducting their job search:
Employer emails are rife with grammatical and spelling errors. Most online fraud is perpetrated by scammers located outside the U.S. Their first language usually isn’t English and this is often evident in their poor grasp of the language which can include poor grammar and the misspelling of common words.
Emails purporting to be from job posting websites claiming there’s a problem with a job hunter’s account. After creating a user account on sites like Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com or (more…)