But as a potential employee learned the hard way, scammers take advantage of the influx of remote jobs by posing as big tech companies and depriving interviewees of personal information, including their bank accounts. Anyone using online job search websites should be careful to avoid potential scams. There are several common financial scams by fraudsters posing as legitimate employers or recruiters, and you can become the target of these scams by applying for employment or posting your resume online. The BBB says this scam works when a person receives a LinkedIn message from an alleged recruiter.
They encourage the potential victim to apply for a job. After uploading a resume, the victim is asked to provide personal information ranging from their address to their social security number. Company names and logos can be stolen. A legitimate recruiter will contact you using a business email, not a Gmail or Yahoo account.
Look up the person's name on LinkedIn and check first-degree connections to see if they're related to other company employees. Most legitimate job descriptions usually list the benefits of a position, but fake job offers have an unnecessarily long list. If the salary is much higher than you'd expect, chances are you've discovered one of the many fake jobs on LinkedIn. For this reason, it's no surprise that there's been an increase in the number of fake recruiters who send fake job offers to obtain sensitive data from LinkedIn users.
Undoubtedly, most job seekers and recruiters will turn to LinkedIn in the hope of finding the right candidate. Due to COVID, more and more people are looking for work online, using services such as LinkedIn. According to the FTC, one of the main signs of an online employment scam is that you are being asked to pay to start work. So if you see a LexisNexis job offer on LinkedIn and you're lucky enough to be selected, simply call number 800 and they'll transfer you to the person.
Ayesha Rascoe asks Haywood Talcove, from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, how job applicants can protect themselves from the proliferation of scams on employment sites like LinkedIn. If you're applying for remote jobs where you won't be visiting employers face-to-face, don't provide direct deposit information until you've signed a job offer. With the rise of online job boards, remote jobs, and professional networking sites like LinkedIn, it's becoming easier to do your entire job search online.