Monitor your job board’s security; fake want ads appearing online

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in Human Resources recently notified users that scam artists could be using its job board to pose as employers and post phony want ads. The bad guys' goal: Collect personal information from unsuspecting job-seekers that would allow them to commit identity theft.

Many popular job sites don't thoroughly check the validity of the listed employers before signing them up and posting their ads. And posting your company's openings alongside such criminal entries could discourage potential applicants from responding.

Safest bet: Before posting ads on a job board, ask how it verifies employers and request examples of its privacy safeguards.

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