Beware of Employment proposal scams

Eweek writes an article on the FBI which has reported 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.

The FBI gave information about what not to do in order to avoid being scammed. Think twice about telling it all on your online résumé, this is especially true for classified advert websites like Gumtree or Loot which are more opened to abuse.

Such sites are attracting more real and fake employers (and therefore more potential candidates) since they are free and are more flexible than websites like Monster or Hotjobs.

In addition, the fact that they are often non-moderated and cater for a more localised audience makes them more problematic to control.