Job Scams Now Target
Online Resumes!

Victims of job scams have no idea they’re really a target of online identity theft scams.

Scam News: Be careful, the latest swindle going around are job scams.

A person goes online to look for legitimate employment and winds up having their identity stolen.

In this digital age, most jobs are now acquired by having to fill out the application online.

Filling out resumes online is much faster and more convenient for the job applicant, as well as making it easier for the recruiter to have a large selection of job seekers.

Warning! Identity theft is now a prime concern when using any of these online digital job databases.

Don't include a lot of personal information in your application. The resume should reveal the professional side of your information.

Do Not include your driver's license, Social Security Number or birth date on your resume.

If asked for this information on an application for a job, you can always note that you will provide such information during an interview.

This is a much more secure and safer way to keep your information out of the wrong hands.

Job Placement Scam
Online Identity Theft

  • Identity theft scams also include stealing information from online job placement sites.
  • You are looking for employment through one of the many job placement sites that are online, and fill in the forms using all your personal information that is required.
  • Then along comes a thief and captures all your personal information, and then proceeds to email you asking for ”More” personal information.
  • You think this is a legitimate request from the web site that you filled out the job application for, and provide the additional information requested. Bye-Bye Identity!

For the most recent scams that have been targeting people, go to scam news.

Latest Work-At-Home Swindle

  • A crook will get your resume from an online job search site. Remember, the thieves “fish” the web sites as much as employers.

The thief gets your email and other personal information from your resume.

  • He emails a note and tells you he represents a money transfer company ready to hire you to test its money-wiring-service.
  • His company will send you a check, which you should deposit in your bank account.
  • Before wiring the money back, he keeps a 5 to 20 percent “commission” for himself.

Of course the check is “bogus”, and you’re stuck owing your bank all that money you wired.

Postal Job Scams

It is very popular for scammers to advertise in newspapers, classifieds, etc, and offer to help a person find a federal job, for a fee.

Many times the scammer will lie as to whether there are openings in your area, solely to scam you and charge you the fee.

  • The Postal Service and Federal Agencies never guarantee anyone will be hired, or charge a fee to fill out an application.

If competitive examinations are required, hiring agencies typically offer free sample questions to applicants that sign up for an exam.

  • No one can guarantee a high score on any of the entrance exams for carrier, or any of the clerical positions, and only your general aptitude is tested in these exams.
  • Besides passing the test, you must also pass a drug test and background test. In some instances, veterans will receive hiring preferences.
  • Always check with the Postal Service to determine whether they are hiring and, if to be eligible, you must take an exam.

Because of a very high volume of applicants, the Postal Service only tests every few years.

Please don’t fall into any traps involving Postal Service job scams.

Job Scam Tips

  • Be aware when the phone caller or ad states they guarantee high test scores.
  • State no experience is necessary.
  • State they have unadvertised jobs or “secret” hidden federal jobs.
  • Give a toll-free number. This is just a scam to find out more personal information and to sell you products for job listings, test questions and answers, etc.
  • Then, for more information, you are asked to dial a toll-free number that will then direct you to another pay-per-call number.
  • By federal law, any solicitations of this kind have to have full disclosure concerning cost, and must make it clear if they are associated with the federal government.

Before you incur any charges, you must have a chance to hang up.

If you wish to check on any advertisement for employment from a particular company, call the Federal Trade Commission: 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357 or

U.S. Postal Inspection Service: Listed in the blue (Government) pages of your phone book.

Check with your local better business bureau or your state attorney general.

For federal job information, go to Your local post office will also have information on any Postal job opportunities.

For current hiring announcements for Postal Service jobs, go to

If you are the victim of job scams contact the FTC to file a complaint at or call 1-877-382-4357.

  • Scams are also targeting the housing industry in the form of rental scams. Be informed and don't allow yourself to be the next victim.

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