The CBS News Early Show features a really good video warning job seekers about employment scams. I strongly recommend watching the video, since it is short, informative, and very helpful.
Experts advise job seekers to:
- Do an online search using the website address for any company name you are unfamiliar with before visiting the site; especially work-at-home offers. This could turn up links to company reviews or complaints at places like the Better Business Bureau or your state's consumer protection agency.
- If a potential employer or recruiter asks you early in the job application process about a credit check, to enter your Social Security number in an online application form, or to pay a fee -- look elsewhere. Chances are, it could be a phishing scam to uncover your bank account information. You shouldn't disclose your SSN unless a job offer is eminent.
- Learn how to spot phishing scams. They now circulate on Facebook and Twitter