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Beware of Employment proposal scams

Eweek writes an article on the FBI (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) or Loot (opens in new tab) 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.

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.