These days, millions of consumers are still without steady, full-time employment and many are growing increasingly anxious about their prospects for getting a job.
As a result, many identity thieves are now preying on that desperation, posting bogus job ads on popular career websites and hoping to trick applicants into revealing their personal information, which will then be used for identity theft
, according to a report from CBS MoneyWatch
. For this reason, experts say that consumers should never reveal too much personal information on their resumes, and carefully research any company before sending off their applications.
"Although the Internet has revolutionized job-hunting, making it a lot easier for job seekers to find openings, and for recruiters to find job-seekers, commonsense is required in order to protect yourself," says cyber-security expert Stephen Cobb for the software company ESET. Adam Levin
, the chairman for Identity Theft 911, has a blog about the issues consumers face related to all kinds of identity theft threats, and what they can do to avoid these problems.
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