Not only is it difficult to find a job but your private data could be stolen in the process.
After several very public lawsuits some companies are realizing that they must do a better job at protecting private information. And then there are the companies that are hunting for the gold that selling private information brings.
One of the latest scams falsely luring people to share their private information are online job applications (like you don’t have enough to worry about when you are searching for a job! Yikes!) Even a trusted recruiting site can be plagued with a fake announcement because most of those sites just provide a place to advertise and do not guarantee that the information or links are valid. Like famous maker products, anything can be a fake.
When it doubt, check it out!
No need to create a crime scene!
Think about what kinds of information that your resume has on it... your name, address, phone, email, job history, and maybe more depending on what you have included. There is some information that employers don’t need to know (at least right away) yet people will include it, such as birth date, Social Security number, Driver’s License number, credit information, and more. If this any of this sensitive information or money is requested beware it is most likely a scam.
“Trust After Verify” was the advice provided by Susan P. Joyce in her article “How to Avoid 5 Major Types of Online Job Scams.”  Unfortunately some of these scams may sound all to familiar and may come not only online but over the phone.
Now, now, NOW! You may be contacted with a job opportunity that wanted someone yesterday. If you have been looking for a while, it is easy to deduce that if they REALLY wanted you yesterday, they probably could have found you. Be suspicious of this bravado behavior because it is often a scam.
If it doesn't smell right,
it probably isn't.
Ways to verify:
1. Check the company’s website: Most companies will list openings on their sites and not just on a job board.
2. Go direct: Call the company using the phone number on the company’s website and not the phone number on job board. Ask for the specific job announcement, if it exists, where it might exist (luring you in with a job that is not local), and if the company has a direct email address for their HR department. If you go through the the job board it could be a scam.
3. Check the reviews: Reviews can also be faked, but they could be a signal that something is not right. Check for complaints and poor reviews. Company names and logos can be easily copied and faked without permission. This is also a great time to check for management reviews—how well does this company treat their employees? Are the complaints valid?
4. Don’t trust job boards: Many do not verify their announcements and thus a fake announcement (or thousands) can easily slip in.
5. If it doesn’t smell right, it probably isn’t: Put your inner voice antenna up and ‘when in doubt, check it out.’
REFERENCE: How to Avoid 5 Major Types of Online Job Scams (https://www.job-hunt.org/onlinejobsearchguide/job-search-scams.shtml)