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FBI warns of online jobs fraud

The FBI has warned job hunters not to be taken in by online scams set up by fraudsters seeking to steal confidential personal data.

The FBI has warned job hunters not to be taken in by online scams set up by fraudsters seeking to steal confidential personal data.

The US law enforcement agency said it was “investigating all kinds of cases involving online job scams”.

 In a public announcement posted to its website, the FBI cited examples where job seekers responding to fake online job advertisements had received e-mails from fraudsters offering an interview – and requesting bank account  details, allegedly to help with processing pay cheques.

Fake e-mails from fraudsters posing as recruitment consultants had also been used to lure recipients into divulging personal information, the FBI warned. In another scam, fraudsters appointed candidates to fake “jobs” in the import-export trade, duping them into reshipping stolen goods.

The federal agency urged those taken in by scams to help tackle the fraudsters by filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Centre, run jointly by the FBI and the US National White Collar Crime Centre.

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