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Online Job Searching? Beware of ID Theft

Posted on 02 October 2008

When it comes to using the Internet, most people know not to give out their social security number to a spammer or post their address on a message board. But did you know of a new scam targeted at job seekers to steal their identity?

Here is how to scam works: A fake job ad is placed on a job board. You find the job and it sounds great. They ask you to fill out an application online, which looks very official. Some of the information they request is your social security number, mother’s maiden name and if they have permission to run a credit check on you. None of it sounds that suspicious. Afterall, what is a legitimate company going to do with that kind of information anyway? The problem is, they are not a legitimate company.

In 2002, identify theft made up 43 percent of all consumer complaints. All it takes is someone getting your credit card number, credit report and other vital pieces of information.

So how can you protect yourself, while you are job searching? Monster.com recommends the following:

  • Do not give out your social security number
  • Do not give out your credit card or bank account numbers
  • If you suspect the company may be trying to scam you, report them to the job board and they’ll further investigate.
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