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Scammers Are Using to Steal Your Identity

One of the worst scams, apart from taking people’s hard-earned money, is to promise people who are looking for jobs an opportunity of employment that doesn’t exist. But, scammers are out there doing just that.

Scammers have figured out how to hijack the popular employment website This site is used by individuals who are looking for a job, but also by companies who are looking to recruit employees.

About The Scam

According to a report by WQAD out of Rock Island County, IL, “scammers hacked into the database. They accessed resumes and contact information for people who applied for a job with Rock Island County. Those applicants then got an email from a fake Rock Island County HR representative.”

They go on to say that “the email asks for a copy of a driver’s license, photos of the applicant, and the last four digits of your social security number. The email also instructs the applicant to send all the information to a different email that does not mention the county in the name.”

This isn’t only happening in Illinois, it is a scam that is happening nationwide and resulting in thousands having their identities stolen because the calls sound legit as do the promises of employment. As the market for telecommuting grows, where most information like this will be exchanged online in order to secure employment, scams such as these will grow in frequency.

How To Protect Yourself

There are ways to protect yourself:

  • Do your research on the company. Google is a wonderful tool for this.
  • If there is little information about them online or if they don’t have an online footprint, it is likely a scam.
  • Also, check with the Better Business Bureau. Most reputable companies are registered and/or have reviews there or elsewhere online.
  • If all else fails, do a reverse phone number search online, you will find if other have been scammed from callers using the same number.

Further, companies that have legitimate job openings not only offer them on, they also offer them on their website as well. You should be able to see what other who have worked for the company have said about their experiences – good and bad – online.

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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears almost weekly for “Staggers State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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