CHICAGO, IL – December 4, 2013 – If you arelooking for a new job, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns job seekers tobeware of growing LinkedIn scams. LinkedIn is an open communication websitethat has made it easy for scammers posing as job recruiters to take advantageof users looking for new opportunities.
Morethan other social media websites, LinkedIn is appealing to job seekers becauseit allows them to be contacted by potential employers or recruiters.
Scammers create fake profiles disguising themselvesas recruiters and send messages that contain a link to gather personalinformation. The website that the link goes to may look legitimate but oftenasks for financial information and personal identity. That Information is thenused to steal your identity, access bank accounts or install malware on yourcomputer.
“These scams will tempt many but it should benoted that legitimate recruiters will never ask you for any bankinginformation,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better BusinessBureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. "An example of one of themost recent scams involves the use of attractive female recruiters pitchingopportunities to bilingual job seekers.”
Bernas states, “Before working with a recruiterdo some research to ensure you know who you are dealing with.”
Avoid becoming a victim of a LinkedIn scam byfollowing these tips:
· Do not addjust anyone on LinkedIn. Before adding someone,check out their profile and connections. If you have doubts about theirlegitimacy, do not add them.
· Remember thatyou will never be asked to pay for a job. If a“recruiter” mentions an opportunity where you must pay for training, blockthem. A real job will never ask you topay to work.
· Be wary ofwork-at-home jobs. Real work-at-home jobs are hard to acquire so becautious when you find these postings.
· Search for thephoto of the recruiter. Scammers usually use afake, generic photo and you can most likely find the photo elsewhere.
- Ask to call them. If a recruiter contacts you via message, request to speak on the phone. If they seem to avoid a phone call, consider that a red flag.
- If you find yourself a victim of the scam, act fast. If a scammer was able to access your computer, they could have collected your personal information including passwords and banking information. Change your passwords immediately. If you see any strange banking activity, notify your bank.
For more tips on protecting your identity, visit www.bbb.org
As a private, non-profit organization, thepurpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace.BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediationand arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practicesand charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businessesand nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company orcharity before making a purchase or donation.