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Laid-Off Workers Are Flooded With Fake Job Offers

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It's relatively easy for scammers to pose as representatives of a small, obscure startup, experts say.

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Employment scams using fake job opportunities to swindle applicants are on the rise and have found a new, prime target in laid-off tech workers.

These schemes — which often involve fictitious job listings, interviews with fake recruiters, and sham onboarding processes to steal job seekers' money or identities — appear to be zeroing in on workers who have recently lost jobs in the tech industry, workforce experts say. 

Gustavo Miller, a digital marketing specialist, wrote a viral LinkedIn post chronicling his experience of recently being "hired" to a phantom job. His post garnered thousands of comments, many recounting similar experiences.

"These guys are pro, they know the standard remote-first jobs conditions and the tech industry's hiring culture," Miller wrote.

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