Fake Job or Hiring Scams occur when criminal actors deceive victims into believing they have a job or a potential job. Criminals leverage their position as “employers” to persuade victims to provide them with personally identifiable information (PII) or to send them money. As you look for a new job, be extra vigilant so your […]
People of all ages need to be wary of strangers and those appearing to be your friends or loved ones online. It is too easy for criminals to hide their true identity and appear trustworthy. If someone asks to be your friend on a social media platform, only accept their request if you know them. […]
Never send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer, prepaid cards, or money transfer apps. If you receive any paper checks with instructions to purchase items or transfer money, contact the financial institution on the check to ensure the availability of funds. Never provide credit card information to an employer. Never provide […]
Legitimate companies will ask for personally identifiable information (PII), such as social security number and bank account information for payroll purposes, AFTER hiring employees. Also, before entering PII online, make sure the website is secure by looking at the address bar. The address should begin with “https://”, not “http://”.
As you’re looking for a job online, be aware of scammers on sites like Craigslist and Indeed. Many attractive “job opportunities” will require you to send money to the source in order to start working. If you come across a work opportunity online that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Watch out […]
The internet is a breeding ground for scammers, fraudsters, and con artists. In 2018 alone, over $1 billion was taken from unsuspecting individuals online and put into the pockets of scammers, according to the Federal Trade Commission. This is a huge industry that continues to grow with newer, more advanced scams each year. As someone […]
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