FBI warns of online job scams

Want a new job? The FBI has some words of warning for you.

The bureau warned job-seekers this month to be on the lookout for online scams that seek to solicit personal information from naïve web users.

"Looking for a new job? The internet has made it easier than ever to find one," the FBI warned on its website. "It's also made it easier for the criminals to find you."

The FBI said it's responding to cases involving fraudsters going so far as to conduct fake email interviews with job-seekers, only to later ask for bank account numbers to direct deposit payments.

Fake prospective employers have also asked for personal details to conduct a background check – then used that information to steal identities.

The bureau also warned people looking for a new job not to post resumes online with Social Security numbers or addresses and to be careful responding to jobs for "correspondence managers" and "import/export specialists" since both could be used as middle-men for scammed goods.

The FBI cautioned specifically against providing employers with bank account and other personal information and paying for a job interview upfront, as well as being too upfront with personal information in a resume.

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