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Identity Scammers Targeting Online Job Seekers

Identity Scammers Targeting Online Job Seekers

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?


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
MindayH MindayH 8 years
Actually, I am a recruiter, and we have a few clients that track people by ssn's - not for background check reasons, it is just how some organizations track applicants. I don't enjoy having to request that information and in many cases it could be a mistake to send in your ssn. If it's legit and you refuse to give up your ssn, you just missed out on an opportunity during a time when there aren't that many.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I have my resume on a few job sites, but I've never put my SSN on there. As a recruiter, you'd be amazed at the emails I get from people wanting to know if I got their application. They'll put their SSN in the email so I can find their app easier. I email every one back and tell them never to do that again.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I only put it on real applications right before an interview. Not online or on the phone.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'd never put my SSN on the internet for anything regarding my resume/job searching. If a potential employer wants it, they can contact me directly and go through a formal application process. It's really sad that people are preying on job seekers this way, but I guess some people would do anything to scam someone.
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