An internal red flag should go up whenever you're asked to provide your social security number. Always ask yourself why the person would need your SSN for their purposes. Sure, it makes sense for a credit card carrier to ask for the number to verify your identity. But something is seriously off when a so-called recruiter who saw your resume online asks for those nine digits.
According to consumer finance guru Steve Weisman, scammers are taking advantage of the flood of online job seekers. The scammers contact hopeful individuals who have posted their resumes online with the premise that they are recruiters for legitimate employers. They say they want to set up an interview but need to do a background first check, which — you guessed it — means supplying your social security number.
Weisman reminds us to withhold personal details until you've met a recruiter or employer in person, and encourages us to verify the legitimacy of an employer through the Better Business Bureau. Is your resume posted on an online job site?