There are a ton of employment scams which take advantage of unsuspecting job seekers, but the "fake recruiter scam" is one that can be easy to miss if you're not aware of how it works.
With this scam, a job seeker receives a phone call or email from someone who says they are a recruiter for a job that is listed online. In some cases, the person who calls has a copy of your resume and has matched the job description to your resume. How did they get your resume? They could have registered as a recruiter on a job site or simply found your resume if you have it posted publicly online.
The fake recruiter says you are an ideal candidate for the job and then starts asking for personal information, so they can start the application process. That's the red flag that should be a warning that you're about to be scammed. Here's more on fake recruiter scams and how to avoid them.
Unfortunately, it can be even worse than the basic scam. Boston.com reported on someone who relocated for a job that didn't exist: "I was a victim of a fraudulent recruiter who hired 11 people for the same job. I packed up my house, wife, son, and dogs and moved from CA to MA, just to find out that the dream job of IT Global Pricing Manager did not exist." Here's the story, along with advice on what to do if it happens to you.
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