Looking for a new job? Many people use the start of a new year as motivation to secure their dream position. Are you one of them? If the answer is yes, BBB serving Upstate New York has some job seeking advice.
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.
It’s well known that LinkedIn appeals to job seekers because it allows them to present their experience and professional positions, 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 and can later steal your identity, access bank accounts or install malware on your computer.
BBB offers advice to avoid becoming a victim of a LinkedIn imposter:
More red flags to avoid when conducting your job search:
Work-at-Home Offers. BBB considers most work-at-home opportunities suspect so proceed with caution. Research the company completely and check them out at bbb.org before considering.
Email claims. After creating a user account, job hunters might receive an email saying there’s a problem with their account or they need to follow a hyperlink to install new software. Phishing e-mails like this are designed to convince readers to click a link within the message to fix the issue, but actually take them to a website that will install malware or viruses on their computer.
Paying money upfront. Aside from paying for a uniform, it is rarely advisable for an applicant to pay upfront fees or make a purchase to get a job. If you’re asked to pay for training, supplies, a background check, or other get-started items – walk away. Most fees will end up in the scam artists pocket and the job seeker never hears from the company again.
. If a scammer was able to access your computer, they could have collected your personal information including passwords and banking information. Change your passwords immediately. If you see any strange banking activity, notify your bank.
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