Identity Theft from Online Job Boards
Posting resumes on job boards is a common practice amongst job seekers. Job seekers continuously update their resumes with detailed and accurate information targeted at prospective employers. Unfortunately, not only are employers viewing your qualifications but identity thieves are also taking advantage of the wealth of information you have provided.
Before posting your resume to an online job board it is wise to take the following actions:
- use an email address that you can cancel if you start receiving spam contacts.
- list a cell phone number instead of a landline that may be linked to your address.
- replace your street address with a P.O. Box.
- Never include your date of birth, driver’s license number, Social Security number, banking account or credit card numbers on a resume or cover letter.
Identity Thieves May Place Scam Job Offers That Ask You:
- To scan your I.D. or driver’s license and submit it to them.
- To transfer money as part of your job duties. EBay, Pay Pal or Western Union are often mentioned.
- To submit bank account or Social Security numbers.
Don’t ever do any of these things
Look Out for Job Offers that are vague about the position such as:
- Posting that claim they can help you find your “dream job” ….but only after you pay a fee.
- postings from self-help gurus or entrepreneurs who will help you “fulfill your potential” through attending one of their very expensive workshops.
- postings from recruiters who have “a great opportunity at a major company” but never reveal a specific company name or a specific job.
- Emails from recruiters who want you to “post your resume with them” without telling you they may get paid a fee for getting you to do this.
Although it is reasonable for employers to ask questions regarding your education, training and qualifications in relationship to a job offer, do not provide personal information until you have researched the company. It is very common for online “work at home” employers to ask for Social Security or driver’s license numbers and claim it is necessary for pre-employment background checks. Some scammers use legitimate company names to post fake jobs. If you post your resume online, keep your references separate. You do not want to disseminate your references’ names and phone numbers in public space without consent.
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