Sadly, online job scams targeting older adults have been an issue for years. However, in a pandemic job market, cybercriminals are working overtime to devise schemes that exploit job seekers’ need for financial security.

According to the Better Business Bureau, Americans lost more than $62 million in employment scamsin 2020. In addition, with federal unemployment benefits ending this month, that number is expected to rise as more people head online to look for work.

Online hiring scams can be hard to detect because scammers advertise job opportunities the same way legitimate employers do-via online ads, job sites, and popular social networking channels. They promise job seekers opportunity and hope but are carefully designed to the applicant’s personal information or deceive them into sending money.

Online Hiring Scams

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