Job Hunt, Don't Lose Your Identity

Friday, October 30, 2009

If you're one of the thousands of Americans on the prowl for a job, you should be aware, you are a target for a sophisticated and particularly cruel con artist.

Richmond, VA - The Office of Consumer Affairs reports 87 consumer complaints about the companies Virginia Personnel, Inc. and New Beginnings, Inc. Both companies fraudualently extracted identifying and personal information from the "applicants." Some of the tactics they used that you should be aware of:

  • Job Guarantees - the old saying still goes, if it sounds too good to be true...
  • They actually sold "Employment Information" and never advertised a job position.
  • Do not include any identifying, personal information on your resume. No need to put your SSN number on that document.
  • Provide only your email address until a position is formerly offered and a start state is set.

Lynn Oaks of TrustedID says, "Only share information that will allow them to contact you to have a follow-up conversation." Also, check out the company before agreeing to anything. See if they have a legitimate website, read online reviews.

Biggest tip offs that you're working with a scam artist:

  • Job offer with no background check
  • No face-to-face interview
  • No reference check

Be careful out there!


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