Consumer Watch: Identity thieves targeting online job seekers

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 18 at 5:42 PM

(WHAS11) -- If you're looking for a job, you're not alone and many people are turning to online resources to find one - but beware - you could be exposing all of your personal information to scammers if you go that route. 

As much as the internet has made searching for jobs easier, it also provides a great opportunity for identity thieves to find out everything about you. From your contact information to your employment history to credit card and bank information, identity thieves can find it online.

Legitimate sites like jobs.com, career builder.com and here locally louisville jobs.com are good resources for both job seekers and employers. However, people with bad intentions sometimes cherry pick information off of those sites.

Identity thieves know job seekers are desperate, and they're trying to lure them with “get rich quick” claims.

So job seekers take some advice writing a check to an employer is obviously a red flag, as is employers asking for money up front, offers to get rich without leaving home, salary and benefits that are too-good-to-be-true, and employers asking for extensive personal information on line or over the phone is probably a good indication the job is not legitimate.

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