Identity Theft by Fake Job Offers

When you work at home, or freelance then you are extremely familiar with the fake job offers online and you know to beware of these, but new people joining the work at home teams often don´t know that there are lots of fake job offers out there. There are several types of fake job offers from the small time scammer who just needs a job done, and does not intend to pay to the identity theft scam.

Many identity theft, or credit card scammers use the fake job offer to get cohorts to help them get away with their scam. They are what we call “Mule jobs” where you may believe you are simply working for a small import export company, and may receive packages and then forward them to an address out of the country. Usually these packages have computer goods or electronics that are bought with a stolen credit card. Low and behold you think you have a pretty simple part time job until the FBI shows up and arrests you for credit card theft.

Another of these fake jobs scams is the one where you apply for a job and then are required to get a great deal of computer equipment from the employer in order to get the job done. You end up spending thousands of dollars and then the job never pans out.

Of course, everyone now knows of the Nigerian scam. In this scam people from many countries were arrested although it seems that a few got loose because they still try to use variations of the scam. This is the one asking you to receive millions of dollars of inheritance money because the poor schmuck can’t receive it in his country. In exchange you get a portion of those millions. Apparently according to reports this scam netted almost 500 million dollars from people all over the world.

Scams are getting even more detailed; professional looking and can fool many. Now there is a scam that offers jobs in oil and other types of companies offering incomes form $45,000 and more with many incentives.

Most emails sent with this came offer guaranteed employment if you deposit a certain amount of money. These companies only distribute your resume to prospective employees. However they do this with thousands of resumes.

To avoid these types of scams you don’t ever want to offer these people your PayPal account, your personal bank information, or credit card number. Remember you never have to give money to get a job. Freelance sites may require a membership fee, but the employer will not require any type of fee from you

Stay aware of what is going on and what the new identity theft frauds are, this way you will keep yourself safe from these scammers. Start creating your own client base so you don´t have to work with too many new clients, and you will know who tries to scam and who doesn´t. Sometimes falling into a work scam is unavoidable, and it can just be chalked up to a life experience.  Don’t fall victim to identity theft.  Get protected today with a quality credit & identity monitoring plan that will alert you if you’ve potentially become a victim.