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Tips to Avoid Email Scams

  1. Limit the amount of personal information you provide to employers. No credible employer should ever ask you for bank account numbers, credit card numbers, mother's maiden name, or other identifying traits before hiring you.
  2. Protect your Social Security number (SSN). Some genuine employers do ask for your SSN on an online application, but as a general rule, never provide your SSN, especially in combination with credit card information. This can lead to identity theft.
  3. Keep good records of sites where you post your resume. Delete it from those sites after your job search is complete.
  4. Use resume privacy options to hide personal contact information and to control who contacts you and how they contact you.
  5. Use an internet search tool to research the company. Visit the company's website, and if they don't have one or it doesn't fit with how they describe the company, consider that a red flag. How professional is it? Is there contact information? Are jobs and career information posted on the site?
  6. Take it one step further and conduct an internet search using "company name scam" to see if you can find information about reported scams.
  7. Salary Details: if they aren't listed in the job posting, try to find out if there's a salary or if you're paid on commission. Ask how much you're paid, how often you're paid, and how you are paid. Do not provide bank account information. If the company doesn't pay an hourly rate or a salary, carefully investigate the details.
  8. Do not pay money - for anything. Legitimate employers don't charge to hire you. Don't send money for work at home directories, advice on getting hired, company information, or for anything else related to a job.
  9. Check scam lists with organizations like the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to see if the company has been reported as a scammer.
  10. Avoid listings that guarantee you wealth, financial success, or that will help you get rich fast. Stay clear of listings that offer you high income for part-time hours. They will do none of the above.