The FBI released a statement in April 2021, warning of cybercriminals using fake job listings to target applicants’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII). In the COVID-19 era, over 16,000 people were reported to the FBI as scammed through fake job listings with losses totaling more than $59 million. There have been over 2,000 reports in 2021, the FBI reports.

How’s It Done?

Hackers advertise jobs the same way legitimate employers do, online (ads, job sites, college employment sites, social media), in newspapers, and sometimes on TV and radio. Technology makes these scams easier and more lucrative than ever for fraudsters. They promise you a job, but what they really want is your money and personal information. These employment scams occur when criminals deceive victims into believing they have a job or have a job lined up. Criminals leverage their position as “employers” to persuade victims to provide them with personally identifiable…

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