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October 10, 2018

While you’re searching online for that next job, someone else is posting fake job ads with the intention of obtaining your personal information … and yeah, that’s identity theft.


Protect your identity from these fake job ads. Never include your Social Security number on your resume. The same is true for your driver’s license number. If a company is interested in hiring you, it won’t require that information until much later in the hiring process, the exception being jobs that require a background check, such as for law enforcement and certain government agencies.


If you come across a job ad that interests you, research the company before applying. You can do this through the Better Business Bureau and the State Attorney General websites. Both of these authorities keep files about U.S. companies and complaints. Also check out the company’s own website to validate its authenticity.


Verify the relationship between your contact and the employer. Is that person an employee or a third-party head-hunter? Does their email address point to the company’s website address? Does the contact’s phone number have the same area code as the company’s phone number?


If you think a job ad or contact’s behavior is questionable, report it to the site where you found the ad, whether it is directly with the company or through an online job site.



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