FBI Reports a Surge in Online Job Scams

By Deborah Rothberg  |  Posted 2006-07-11 Print this article Print

Job hunters have more to fear than rejection: Online job scams are on the rise, according to a new report issued by the FBI.

According to a report issued by the FBI on July 5, individuals in the market for a new job have more to fear than rejection—online job scams are becoming prevalent as more individuals hunt for new employment opportunities online.

In a cautionary report, the FBI explains that identity thieves have been known to take advantage of the personal information that is disclosed when applying for a job: names, home addresses and phone numbers, work numbers, e-mail addresses, and sometimes even dates of birth and social security numbers.

The FBI said it is currently investigating all kinds of online job scams including one where an individual responded to an ad, was contacted via e-mail for a fake interview and then asked for account information to start the direct depositing of their paychecks.

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