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April 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The FBI is warning job seekers about scammers who post fake job listings and profit from applicants during the process.

The bogus job posts appear on popular online job boards, where scammers impersonate legitimate employers looking for potential hires, the FBI said in a recent statement.

Cyber criminals pose as real employers and interview applicants, eventually asking them for their personal information and payments, according to the FBI.

"Cyber criminals executing this scam request the same information as legitimate employers, making it difficult to identify a hiring scam until it is too late," the FBI said in its statement.

In 2020, more than 16,000 people reported being victims of employment scams, totaling over $59 million in losses, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Employment scams are not new, but they are particularly challenging when so many people are vulnerable to job losses.

The FBI is also urging people to never provide credit card information to an employer and to only disclose bank account details after verifying the company's identity.

People who have been scammed are encouraged to report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, provide the website where the job was posted and the company the scammers impersonate.

by summa-bot

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