You must beware! This online scam uses fake job ads to steal people’s identities
Internet crooks have been a problem ever since the World Wide Web entered our lives in the 90s and they continue to get more and more creative with their techniques.
In the midst of what has been dubbed ‘the great resignation’, a trend that has seen In August 2021, more Americans will quit their jobs than any other month in recorded history, internet crooks are posting thousands of bogus job postings to steal personal information.
According to ProPublicaThere are plenty of job postings on Facebook, Indeed, LinkedIn, and LinkedIn that promise high paying jobs. But only if the applicant provides their social security number and a copy of their driver’s license, front and back, to “start” the interview process.
“These scammers are like a virus. They continue to mutate ”, Haywood TalcoveThe general manager of the government division of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, which helps federal and state agencies fight identity theft, is.
How’s it going
One example of a scam comes from Alexandra Mateus Vásquez, who believed she was applying for a graphic designer job at Steak ‘n Shake in December 2020 through an ad on Indeed. When contacted by what she believed to be a representative for the company (via a Gmail account), Vásquez took an email interview questionnaire, which she found strange.
She continued to answer questions and she didn’t stop there. She received an email within hours offering the job at $ 30 an hour. In the email, he was asked to give his address and phone number in order to receive a formal offer.
The offer letter asked for Vasquez’s social security number upon his arrival. Vásquez provided this information before being invited for a background check via an online chat with whom she said was a hiring manager.
Vásquez provided copies of his personal files and documents to verify his identity, including his identity card and green card. She hesitated when they asked for her credit card number. It was then that she received a call from Id meSeveral states use the Identity Verification Vendor identity verification provider to protect their unemployment insurance programs.
In fact, the scammer was using Vásquez’s personal information to file a fraudulent unemployment insurance claim on his behalf. Fraud experts say this is the latest twist in the scam.
What to look for
These fraudulent job advertisements appear on sites all over the Internet, regardless of their size. A common job posting for an airport shuttle driver is one that offers $ 2,000 per workweek for a 35-hour week.
Scammers have created fake company websites to prevent job seekers from identifying the real one. The only difference is that the bogus site will ask applicants to upload copies of their social security card and driver’s license along with their resume.
Blake Hall, chief executive of ID.me, said the company is doing its best to notify users when their identity has been used to apply for unemployment benefits. But in the end, it’s up to the users to look for the scam.
“We will do everything possible to make it clear that they have been ripped off,” he said: “but at the end of the day, protecting someone from themselves is a really difficult task.”