Cyber criminals posing as employers to steal your identity?
They pose as employers—even conducting fake job interviews—to steal your private info:
- social security,
- driver’s license number
- & more,…
… for “payroll.”
TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF
- Conduct a web search of the hiring company using the company name only. Results that return multiple websites for the same company — for example, abccompany.com & abccompanyllc.com — 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://”.
Don’t miss this public service announcement from the FBI: http://ow.ly/BXZj30qd66t