Looking For a Job? Watch Out For Scams on Online Networking Sites

Help Wanted AdThe number of new jobs obtained online is rising as more and more job seekers turn to the Internet to find jobs. According to a survey by Right Management, an outplacement and career coaching service, in 2008 19% of new jobs were found through an Internet Job Board such as Monster.com, and 0% were found through an online networking site. By 2010, 25% of new jobs were found through an Internet Job Board and 4% were found through online networking sites such as LinkedIn. Your BBB has learned that there is a growing number of job seekers using online networking sites who have become victims of job scams.  

Networking sites such as LinkedIn that use open communication have made it easier for con artists to pose as job recruiters. They create fake profiles and send messages containing links to websites that look authentic. These websites ask job seekers to input financial and personal information. The phony job recruiter might claim that they need a job seeker’s financial information so they can direct deposit the paycheck. The con srtists then use this information to steal the job seeker’s identity and access their bank accounts. Clicking on the link might also download malware on the job seeker’s computer.

Here are some tips to help you avoid becoming the victim of a job recruiting scam:

-Check out the company with your BBB at www.bbb.org/evansville.

-Do not pay for a job, and do not pay for job training.

-Watch out for work-at-home jobs.

-Look for a photo of the recruiter. Con artists use phony pictures they get off the Internet. If you find the con artist’s picture under a different name, this is a red flag.

-Ask for the recruiter’s phone number and call him or her. If the recruiter tries to avoid a phone call, this is another red flag.

-Avoid a job involving forwarding or wiring money from your personal bank account to another account as you might end up being involved in a money laundering scheme.

-If you give out personal and/or financial information or if you give the con artist access to your computer, notify your bank immediately and change your passwords.

-If the job you apply for turns out to be a scam, notify the job site where the fake ad was posted so it can be removed.

For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org/Evansville.

About Jackie 246 Articles
Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.

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