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.
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.