The Georgia DOL is dedicated to protecting job seekers. Unfortunately, identity theft is a growing concern for all and job seekers can be a target. To protect your identity during your job search, be familiar with common employment-related scams. You may encounter fraudulent job opportunities, unsolicited emails, and other deceptive practices. These scams most often request personal information such as:
- social security number
- date of birth
- credit card number
- bank account and/or bank routing number
Although it is reasonable to share personal information with a potential employer, it is wise to control when, how, and to whom you provide your personal information. Before providing this information to potential employers, be confident the employer is legitimate. If the Georgia DOL refers you to an employer who you suspect is not legitimate, contact your local career center or Report Referral Concerns.
The Georgia DOL does not endorse any payments (cash, checks, credit cards) to an employer for “pre-employment” costs as a condition of employment. If pre-employment purchases are required (such as tools, equipment, supplies, or uniforms), most legitimate employers allow you to purchase them yourself.
To protect your identity, be cautious of:
- requests for personal information including your social security number and date of birth
- requests for bank account information or to transfer money
- requests for money up front or fees to employ you
- requests for non job-related information such as your marital status or physical characteristics
- job offers made before an employer interviews you
- unsolicited emails with links to apply for jobs or other ways to earn money
- employment situations that seem too good to be true…they usually are
To research potential employers utilize:
- Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc
- Company websites
- Better Business Bureau
- Secretary of State
- Chamber of Commerce
Visit the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection for more information on how to protect your identity, what to do if you are a victim, and what scams have been reported.
Revised: February 15, 2012