Scam Alert! Scam Alert! If you have a resume posted on a job search website – you need to watch out for the latest scam. Here are the details, courtesy of Money Magazine. You may get a call that goes something like this:“Hi John, I have a job that’s right up your alley. But before we bring you in for an interview, we’ll need to do a background check. Can I get your social security number?”
No matter how desperate you are for employment – those words should set off flares. Basically – if your resume is posted online, it’s like handing scammers a virtual business card. Yes, of course there are legitimate companies perusing your details. But any shady schmo who pays the site’s fees can see all the information you’ve posted.
Then, once the lowlife is into the site, they can scam you the old-school way by calling and saying they need to do a background check and need more personal details about you. Or a sophisticated scammer may be able to find out your personal details using the data that’s already there – like your name, address, phone number, and work history. So how do you foil the lowlifes?
Use a job search site that allows you to hide your contact information, like Career Builder .com. Employers have to click on a link to email you – they can’t just get your details. But if you have to post your details, use a first initial and your last name, instead of your full name. Do not list your street address – your city is enough. And don’t list your phone number on your resume. And if you are contacted with a job offer – do not give out your social security number over the phone. First, verify that the recruiter and the position are for real. No employer will need those details until you’re doing your new-hire paperwork – in person.