One of the top Internet career sites, Monster.com, acknowledging that some of its users are being targeted for identity theft via false job postings, has issued a warning to millions of its registered users.
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subsidiary sent e-mails to job-seekers warning them about the possibility of attempts to steal personal information from fake employer job listings.
The e-mail, called a “critical service message,” reportedly says that “regrettably, from time to time, false job postings are listed online and used to illegally collect personal information from unsuspecting job seekers.”
Monster.com and competitors like CareerBuilder.com and HotJobs.com already post some information cautioning users of the risk of theft of personal information, warning them not to give out Social Security numbers, bank account data and other personal information.
“Any problems resulting from fraudulent job postings are extremely rare on our site,” Monster.com spokesman Kevin Mullins told internetnews.com. “He said the warning was made because “we want to be out front of any potential problems.”
Mullins said that the company has dedicated employees “who screen job postings to check for legitimacy.” He said he’s unaware of any law enforcement or Federal Trade Commission investigations regarding identity theft on the site.
The FTC also has installed a toll-free number, 1-877-IDTHEFT (877-438-4338) where consumers who have been victims of identity theft can report the crime and get advice from telephone counselors trained to provide assistance to ID theft victims.