Searching for a job online has become the norm for many people seeking employment and there are many legitimate online employment websites such as Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com, however, merely because an ad for a job appears on a legitimate website does not mean that the job is for real. It may be just a scam seeking either personal information to make you a victim of identity theft, your money or both. Do not assume because you see an ad for a job on a legitimate employment website that the ad is legitimate. Although Career builder.com, Monster.com and other online employment agencies do their best to screen their ads, they can’t be even close to perfect. Some of the things to be on the lookout for are companies that want you to wire fees as part of the job application or those asking for personal information early in the process. Make sure that the company has a brick and mortar location and is not just an online scam. Also be wary of ads that appear to be from companies that you know are legitimate because the scammer may be faking that as well.
Never spend money to apply for a job. Legitimate employers do not require them. Google the address, telephone number and name of the company to see if they match what you have been told. Don’t send a resume with personal information, such as your Social Security number that can be used to make you a victim of identity theft. If the ad appears to be from a company that you know is legitimate, confirm by a telephone call to the real company’s HR department that the ad you are answering is legitmate. A legitimate company will eventually need your Social Security number, but not early in the process. Make sure that you have confirmed that the job is legitimate before providing this information.