Technology not only makes job scams easier to perform, but it also makes scams more profitable, the FBI warned.
Scams that publish fake works have been around for a long time. The victims are led to think that they can have a job. Hackers, pretending to be an employer, will try to get personal information from the victims or money.
A number of cybercrime tech experts are now faking companies’ websites and posting fake job postings on popular online bulletin boards, the FBI said in its report. Since the beginning of 2019, these types of scams have increased, the FBI said, with an average recorded loss of around $ 3,000 per victim.
If the victim falls into the trap, she is deceived into a false interview. The interview is usually conducted using a teleconferencing application with villains posing as recruiters, human resources and department heads, the FBI added. So scammers go for the reward.
After the interview, the victim is offered a job, usually at home, the government agency said. Then, an employment contract will be sent to the victim to sign along with a request for confidential information, such as a copy of the victim’s driver’s license, social security number, and credit card information.
That personally recognizable info can be used to take care of the victim’s business account, open new bank accounts, or use the victim’s identity in another scam, such as obtaining a fake passport, the FBI said.
If they request this information during or before the interview, it is likely that it is a scam, Paul Bischoff, a privacy advocate for Comparitech, a consumer-friendly website, told Fox News.
“The incorporation process for establishing payments, insurance … is generally handled after new hires are confirmed,” added Bischoff.
Job searchers should look for caution signs, he said, those companies who have not to mention email and company address on the website, unclear job descriptions, and online interviews on non-professional services like Skype. It also urged the applicants to check whether the company is listed on the Better Business Bureau website to see if it is legitimate.
Never give confidential information to a company you’ve never heard of, especially for remote work, he said.
Victims can report fraudsters to the Internet Complaint Center for Crimes or to the local FBI office.