Scam of the day – July 10, 2017 – Phony job interview scam

Recently a number of companies including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have been reporting their company’s names are being used for phony job interviews being conducted by Skype in which the sole purpose of the interview is for a scammer to obtain personal information to be used to make the person who thinks he or she is participating in a legitimate job interview a victim of identity theft.

Part of the problem with this scam is that companies are using Skype for legitimate job interviews.  Fortunately, there are some telltale signs to warn you if the interview is a real interview or an identity theft trap.

TIPS

If you are contacted about a job interview to be conducted by Skype when you have not applied for the job, you should immediately become skeptical.

While some states permit prospective employers to ask for Social Security numbers on job applications, you should also be skeptical if you are asked for that information early in the job application process and certainly no employer needs bank account information from you prior to your being hired.  Before doing a Skype job interview, contact the real company’s HR department to confirm that the Skype interview is real.

Scam of the day – August 4, 2012 – Online job scams

The convenience of looking for a job online is somewhat balanced by the ease with which scammers can exploit this process to steal money from you or make you a victim of identity theft.  Merely because you find a job listing on a legitimate job site, such as Monster.com does not meant that the company is legitimate.  Despite the best efforts of employment websites, scammers do get through.

TIPS

If a company doesn’t even list its name, don’t even bother to respond to the advertisement.  Real companies are not afraid of using their names in their ads.  Stick to legitimate sites, such as Monster.com  which at least make an effort to try to weed out the scammers.  The key to identity theft is your Social Security number so do not provide your Social Security number on any initial job application.   A problem, however, is that companies may do a background check on prospective employees and to do that effectively they will need your Social Security number.  If you get to that point in the process call the HR department of the company at a telephone number that you know is accurate to confirm that indeed the job offer is a legitimate one and not just someone posing as that company.  Finally, whenever you provide personal information online, make sure that the URL begins with “https” rather than just “http.”  That letter “s” indicates that the information is being encrypted