Surge in Online Job Scams reported

Eweek writes on a FBI reporting a surge in online Job scams worldwide.

Scammers, in a bid to gather as much personal information as possible to defraud people, have resorted to posing as employers looking for potential employees and asking for personal information to be disclosed: name, home addresses, phone numbers, work numbers, email addresses, dates or birth, social security numbers and of course bank account numbers just in case they wanted to put in money.

The FBI gives some information about what to do and what not to do in order to avoid being scammed. Think twice about telling it all on your online résumé, this is true even for websites like Monster or Hotjobs where thousands of CVs can be accessed although personal details are protected.

However this does not hold true for classified advert websites like Gumtree or Loot which are more open to abuse. Such sites are attracting more employers (and therefore more potential candidates) since they are free and are more flexible than job-only websites like Monster or Hotjobs.

Also on the list, never give out sensitive details, like bank accounts, credit card etc, never pay for a job opportunity and be wary of spelling mistakes. But above all, be careful about posting your personal details online. Google is a very powerful tool as you can see here, here and here.