The FTC issued a warning about a scam involving fake job offers.


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On the heels of another Zelle scam hitting a big bank last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a consumer alert advising the public to beware of scammers impersonating well-known companies, focusing this time on those recruiting for fake jobs on LinkedIn and other job platforms.

“Scammers are lurking on LinkedIn and other job sites, posing as ‘recruiters’ for well-known companies. But instead of looking to hire you, they’re really looking to take your money and personal information,” Larissa Bungo, FTC senior attorney, said in the alert.

While the warning honed in on scams involving job seekers, the scammer’s trickery is similar across industries, experts say.

Imposters will push for money and personal information such as a driver’s license, Social Security number or bank account number, and send an invoice asking for payment using Zelle or PayPal, according to the alert. “They promise to reimburse you,” it adds, “but they won’t because it’s a scam.”

Earlier this year, an FTC report revealed that consumers reported losing nearly $8.8 billion to scams in 2022, up more than 30% from 2021.

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