Marlborough, MA - The winter holidays have all but ended. As the calendar reaches the new year, many people use this time to set New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. Finding a new place of employment often ranks very high on many people's resolution lists.
One way to learn about new job opportunities and develop relationships with potential employers is through the social media channel LinkedIn. This is a very useful tool for job searching, but with many job seekers using LinkedIn to market themselves to potential employers, scammers also are finding ways to exploit the site by posing as recruiters. Better Business Bureau of Eastern MA, ME, RI and VT (BBB) wants job seekers to be prepared to avoid this kind of scam.
It is well known that LinkedIn appeals to job seekers because it allows them to post their experience and resumes, as well as, be contacted by potential employers or recruiters. However, scammers are known to create fake profiles to disguise themselves as recruiters. They will send messages that include a link to a site that requires personal information. These kinds of websites may look legitimate, but often they ask for financial and personal information, such as Social Security numbers. Scammers are able to use that information to steal your identity, access bank accounts or install malware on your computer.
Your BBB offers these simple tips to avoid becoming a victim of a LinkedIn scam:
For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org.
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2013, consumers turned to BBB 131 million times for Business Reviews on more than 6.5 million businesses, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.
Paula Fleming is VP of Communications & Marketing for Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT. Find Paula on Google+.