Don’t get scammed by fake job postings on sites like LinkedIn and in real life

Sites like LinkedIn and Indeed have protocols in place to try and reduce fake posts, but scams can still slip through.

Fraudulent job listings and fraudulent recruiting efforts abound in email inboxes and on sites like Indeed, LinkedIn and ZipRecruiter, according to New report From The Washington Post. Under the guise of bogus job offers and opportunities, Internet workers seek to take advantage of job seekers and collect personal information.

This Post details the specific experience of Lisa Miner, a dialysis technician who was nearly scammed by a fake employment email into becoming an app developer for CVS Health. She received an anxious outreach message in the midst of an ongoing job search through the Joint Listing sites. After testing the skills, the “recruiter” offered the miner the role.

But while on board, the Georgia-based technician became suspicious when she was asked to purchase thousands of dollars’ worth of work supplies from a designated vendor using a certified check sent to her. Instead of buying the items immediately as instructed, Miner tried to cash the check instead and see what happened. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t clear – it indicates that It was a scam in full swing. She reported the incident to the FBI, but has not yet received a response or information, according to the newspaper.

Fake job ads are not an entirely new concept. a Investigation 2021 ProPublica He cataloged a wave of listing scams focused on stealing victims’ identification information and then applying for unemployment benefits with it, along with other nefarious activities. and the The best office workAnd the FBIAnd the Federal trade cThe committee aimed to warn job seekers of fraudulent listings at various points in the past two years.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, scams like this have been on the rise, according to A 2021 BBB Analysis. Between 2018 and 2020, the nonprofit consumer watchdog group reported that online recruitment scams rose 27%.

And now – when years of labor market instability, the proliferation of remote work opportunities, and Constantly expanding series of High-end hairstyles We’ve come together—it’s an especially vulnerable time to navigate the job market.

“Job scammers try to exploit people’s desire to be flexible,” Sinem Popper, chief economist at ZipRecruiter, told The Washington Post. “It’s prime time because of that.”

The listing sites told the Washington Post that they are working to filter out fraudulent job advertisements and fake employers. When asked about a specific scam prevention methodology, a ZipRecruiter spokesperson directed Gizmodo to a series From blog posts on their website about this issue. In one, the company wrote that it uses “proprietary detection software” to screen potential posts. In another, ZipRecruiter instructs job seekers to be vigilant while perusing listings and looking for very vague job descriptions, bad reviews, and companies with no or limited online presence outside of the list.

“We have a dedicated search quality team that does everything it can to deploy a variety of techniques to assess the relevance and validity of job listings,” Indeed spokesperson Spencer Dundis told Gizmodo in an email. Similarly, a LinkedIn spokesperson emailed Gizmodo to say the company is using Technology and expert teams to find and remove unsafe materials Careers And those who do not meet us Standards. “

With detection software and quality team in place or not, some scams can still be filtered out. “It actually removes tens of millions of job listings each month that don’t meet our quality guidelines,” Dandis said.

To avoid falling into the scammer’s trap, use the same common sense that steers you away from it Other internet scams. Moreover, the FTC advises You check for a job and company before applying (i.e. visit the company website and double check), check out social media and review sites such as Glassdoor, never pay money to a potential employer during the hiring or onboarding process, and never deposit a check from Stranger.

Some scammers will go to great lengths to appear legitimate, as with the Faux Spirit Airline scammers described by ProPublica. This scam involved a carefully constructed third party website that was just one letter from the spelling of Spirit Airlines. Therefore, in a few cases, extra vigilance is likely to be warranted. Be especially suspicious of any recruiters or publications that require you to upload driver’s license scans or give out your Social Security number early in the process. When initially applying for a job, employers only need your contact information (along with resume, cover letter, etc…), not more detailed personal information.

And if you come across a suspicious post on a listing site, you can report it. “We encourage job seekers to report any suspicious job postings to us,” Dundis wrote. ZipRecruiter suggests the same. Location “Encourage[s] Inform us of all such activities so that we can investigate and take urgent remedial action.”

Update 12/22/2022, 1:12 PM ET: This post has been updated with a comment from LinkedIn.

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