Job Scams Page
About job scams, World Privacy Forum reports and consumer tips, and other resources
What are job scams?
Job scams are fake job ads circulated by fraudsters that seek to lure job seekers to give up personal data and/or perform a fake job. The World Privacy Forum researched and published the first major report on job scams in 2004. The report tracked a job scam over the course of a year and tracked its known victims.
Since the original report was published, job scams have evolved. In 2004, the World Privacy Forum was working to make the case that job scams existed and were harming job seekers. In 2006, job scams are much better known and some job sites have begun admitting that job scams do occur and are posting notices for consumers about the problem.
Another change since 2004 is that some of the job scams have gotten more sophisticated and can be difficult for the average job seeker to detect. However, what has not changed is the basic mechanism of how the scams work. All job seekers should educate themselves about job scams to save themselves the heartache and expense of being victimized.
World Privacy Forum Documents about Job Scams
Other Job Scam Resources
These are additional resources to help understand and identify job scams.
Federal Trade Commission: Federal and Postal Job Scams .... Tip-Offs to Rip Offs
Federal Trade Commission: FTC's Job Scam Page
Federal Trade Commission: En Espanol
Riley Guide: Scams & Schemes in Work and Employment Services
Overseas Digest: Avoiding overseas job scams
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