The Art of the Steal: Lessons From a Hired Scammer

By Marcus Chan - 2012-03-07T01:44:23Z

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Bogus Background Check

The scam: It's tough enough finding work in this market. Making matters worse? Fake job listings.

The positions will often be nontechnical and pay decently, says Stickley. The postings might look legitimate because they're listed on LinkedIn or Monster and include a link to a company website. When the unsuspecting person applies, a "pre-interview" on the phone takes place. Then the interviewer will say they need to do a background check, which requires the numbers of the applicant's Social Security and driver's license.

"People looking for jobs become victims of identity theft," he says.

The lesson: As desperate as these times are, don't get tricked into giving out personal information. Having a website doesn't make anything a real business. Try to meet such people face-to-face, so you can assess how real they are.