Spring is finally here! Graduation Day is just around the corner and many of you are looking forward to completing your studies at RIT. Others of you may be just looking forward to a break away from school. Many of you may be looking for summer or long-term jobs.
When job-hunting online, watch out for fraudulent job listings and remember to protect your personal information online. Scammer often post fraudulent job opportunities that may appear to be authentic. Did you know that you can find job listings through Twitter, LinkedIn, Craiglist, and other social networks? Here are some tips to help protect yourself and your information:
- If asked for private information, wherever possible limit what you disclose. Don’t provide your Social Security Number, or credit or bank account numbers when applying for a job. Once you get past the initial stages of the job process, you may find the prospective employer needs some private information to do a credit or background check.
- Try to determine if the website listing the job is legitimate. Review any privacy policies on the site and Google the site and company to see if there have been any complains.
- If you receive an unsolicited job offer or hear of an opportunity through email, be sure to investigate it thoroughly.
- Be watchful for work-at-home scams that promise high incomes for minimal work. These jobs often involve money-laundering or advanced fee fraud. If the prospective employer requires you to provide banking information, be very careful.
- Avoid job listings that use these descriptions: “package forwarding,” “reshipping,” “money transfer,” “wiring funds” and “foreign agent agreements.”
- Be careful of clicking on links in banner job advertisements. The banners may contain links to malicious software that may infect your computer.
Looking for jobs can be both stressful and exciting. Follow the tips above to help ensure that your experience is safe and that you’re only applying for legitimate jobs.
Good luck with your search!