Online scheme tricks job seekers into revealing personal information

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Looking for a new job? Call 12 for Action has learned about a new twist on the common job search scheme that you need to look out for.

Job hunting is tough enough as it is, but even more so with con artists posing as real businesses in hopes of getting job seekers to reveal personal information.

Say you spot an online job posting, or receive an email about a position from a recruiter or manager. Your next step will likely be to search online for the company’s name, and when you see that it’s a real business with a proper website, you’ll naturally feel confident enough to email your resume to the recruiter.

But by doing that – the crooks have you right where they want you.

The schemer will then reply and invite you to interview for the position, but instead of face-to-face, they’ll ask you to do it over instant messenger. They’ll urge you to download a program so you can answer questions about your qualifications.

According to the Better Business Bureau, these schemes aim to steal your money and personal information.

Consumer Guide: Avoiding Scams & Schemes »
Consumer Guide: Avoiding Scams & Schemes »

How to spot on online job scheme:

  1. Check on the business’s website for the position and call to confirm the opening.
  2. Be wary of generic job titles, such as ‘caregiver’ or ‘customer service representative.’
  3. Watch out for on-the-spot job offers.

Bottom line – if you’re asked to provide personal information via instant messenger or email, just don’t do it.

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