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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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.