Part 3 of 3 – Economic downturn is a boon for online employment scams

How to protect yourself during your job search:

  • You should never provide your social insurance number for Canadian job seekers or in the U.S your social security number, date of birth, driver’s license, credit card numbers or any other personal data over the internet to secure a job offer or an interview.
  • Many new immigrants and a lot of older workers still include their personal information such as date of birth and marital status on their resumes. This information can serve as a critical starting point for an identity thief.
  • Exercise caution in the information that accompanies your resume, some job seekers have accidentally provided sensitive data such as social insurance numbers, tax returns, bank statements and other information when requesting resume writing services from This error can have devastating impact if the information fell into the wrong hands.
  • You should expect a certain amount of spam during your job search. Many jobs are nothing more than opportunities for unscrupulous firms to harvest email addresses. So be cautious.
  • Do not respond to requests for money, download suspicious files or provide personal data prior to undergoing an interview process and receiving a legitimate offer. Then, only provide the personal data required for payroll and to sustain the employment relationship. Real employers do not ask for money or personal data from job seekers prior to a full-scale interview process and presentation of a job offer.

For many job seekers, online resources are a critical component of their job

search arsenal. However, it is imperative that they demonstrate caution in the

provision of private data to anyone online, regardless of how irresistible the

proposed job opportunity appears.

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