Whether you are looking for a part-time job or you are ready to start your career, be aware that scammers will use your desire to work as a way to steal your money or personal information. Here are just some of their methods:
The credit report scam
You receive an email notifying you that, after reading your résumé on a career-finder website, the company would like to discuss the position with you further. All you need to do is fill out some information so that the company can run a credit check on you. You then provide them with your name, address, social security number, etc. The problem is that there isn’t a job, and they aren’t running a credit check on you.
The pay-for-your-background-check scam
During a fake phone interview, the job seeker is told a position has just opened up. To move forward in the hiring process, the job seeker needs to send a prepaid Visa/MasterCard/American Express gift card to pay for the background check.
The work-from-home scam
A company hires you to assemble products at home to sell. All you need to do is send them $300 to pay for the first kit. You send them the money, and your kit never arrives.
For more internet crime prevention tips or to file a complaint, see the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website.