Cyber criminals posing as employers to steal your identity?

Source: FBI (U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation) 2020

They pose as employers—even conducting fake job interviews—to steal your private info:

  • social security,
  • driver’s license number
  • & more,…

… for “payroll.”


  • Conduct a web search of the hiring company using the company name only. Results that return multiple websites for the same company — for example, & — may indicate fraudulent job listings.
  • Legitimate companies will ask for PII (personally identifiable information) and bank account information for payroll purposes AFTER hiring employees. This information is safer to give in-person. If in-person contact is not possible, a video call with the potential employer can confirm identity, especially if the company has a directory against which to compare employee photos.
  • Never send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer.
  • Never provide credit card information to an employer.
  • Never provide bank account information to employers without verifying their identity.
  • Never share your Social Security number or other PII that can be used to access your accounts with someone who does not need to know this information.
  • Before entering PII online, make sure the website is secure by looking at the address bar. The address should begin with “https://”, not “http://”.
    • However: criminals can also use https:// to give victims a false sense of security. A decision to proceed should not be based solely upon the use of “https://”.

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