Employment and "Phishing" Scams
With so many people unemployed, internet-based scams designed to trick people into divulging sensitive personal information, such as Social Security, bank, and credit card account numbers are often disguised as job opportunities and/or job offers. Jobseekers must be vigilant when conducting online job searches and responding to offers of potential employment.
Please keep the following in mind when using any other job search website. If you receive an email that fits any one of these criteria, chances are it is a scam. Beware if the email:
- is from an individual or website you do not recognize.
- does not include information about a specific job opening.
- offers a job that appears "too good to be true."
- contains vague statements such as "we have thousands of jobs" or "we work with major companies."
- mentions seeing your resume on a website where you did not post it.
- does not say where the sender saw your resume.
- Links to a website/job listing that look professional, but lack any details as to:
- where the company is located, or
- company contact information.
- offers to sell you a "starter kit" or something similar.
- mentions paying you via bank account transfers.