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Fake Online Recruiters Looking to Scam Job Seekers

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The shift to remote hiring makes it easier for employment scams to flourish.

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Cybersecurity experts say employment scams are on the rise, boosted by recent layoffs in the tech and other industries.

While many are automatically suspicious of job pitches in unsolicited emails and texts, scams are also showing up on job sites like LinkedIn, or as posts to Facebook groups, giving them a veneer of legitimacy that makes them more likely to dupe job seekers.

When times are tough, people are more likely to ignore red flags, says AJ Nash, vice president of intelligence for ZeroFox. The newly jobless and recent college graduates can be targets, Nash says.

Scammers may ask for money to pay for application fees or start-up equipment, or for sensitive private information like Social Security numbers to put the job-seeker on a payroll or do a background check. It's almost always a scam, Nash says.

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