Monroe, La., Dec. 17, 2013 – 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 (BBB) warns.
LinkedIn appeals to job seekers because it allows them to post their experience and resumes and then be contacted by potential employers or recruiters.
Scammers create fake profiles to disguise themselves as recruiters. They send messages that include a link to a site that seeks personal information. The websites may look legitimate, but often they ask for financial information and personal identifying information, such as Social Security numbers or birthdates. Scammers then use that information to steal your identity, access bank accounts or install malware on your computer.
“Legitimate recruiters will never ask you for banking information,” said Jo Ann Deal, BBB president & CEO.
"Remember that the image displayed on the LinkedIn profile may not be an actual recruiter,” Mrs. Deal said. “You should research any recruiter who contacts you before you divulge any sensitive information. Most employers will not ask for a Social Security number or birth date until they actually offer you the job.”
BBB offers these tips to avoid becoming a victim of a LinkedIn scam:
Consumers can learn how to protect themselves or find BBB Business Reviews and Charity Reviews by calling (318) 387-4600 or by going online to www.bbb.org.