Jobs that offer big pay for very little work are enticing, but they are probably scams. With job boards and LinkedIn postings, "trusting your gut" may not be enough to keep you safe. Forbes reports that job scams are evolving and are increasingly targeting individuals looking for jobs in order to collect personal and financial information. This information is unfortunately easier for scammers to steal through social media, where birthdates and full profiles of connections are often accessible.
Fake LinkedIn profiles and employer pages are becoming more common and the goal of these scammers is to offer an appealing work opportunity to those looking for jobs. These opportunities often seem too good to be true. They may offer the ability to work from home or to run one's own business. The catch is that the scammer will ask for bank account information to set up automatic salary deposits. This exposes victims to theft and leaves them jobless. In order to avoid falling for a job scam, make sure you do your research to ensure a employer or a recruiter is genuine. Keep your birthday private on your public social media channels and never share personal information with anyone you do not know.