The winter holidays have all but ended. There is no more leftover turkey to eat or presents to share. As the calendar reaches the new year, many people use this time to set benchmarks (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. Your Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBB) wants you 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 and then 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 or birthdates. Scammers then 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: