Employment-related scams are on the rise. These scams can cost you money, your reputation, or even your identity. We encourage you to follow the guidelines below as you evaluate opportunities, as they may be an indication of fraudulent activity:
Trust your instincts. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Pay attention to anything that seems off. You can read more tips on identifying fraudulent employers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
If you have concerns about identity theft problems resulting from your resume submission, you can also find helpful information at the Privacy Rights Clearing House and the Identity Theft Resource Center. There, you will find fact sheets and detailed information about specific steps you may wish to take.
If you believe you have been a target of a scam, you can file a complaint online with the FTC. If it is a situation where you have sent money to a fraudulent employer, contact your bank or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges. If the incident occurred completely over the internet, file an incident report with http://www.cybercrime.gov or by calling the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).