Since the start of the pandemic, online job scams have been on the rise. These scammers pose as employers and use online application forms to gather all kinds of personal data about their victims.
To stay safe, Levin advises, "Never provide your Social Security number or any other sensitive financial information before you’ve done your homework on a prospective employer, have gone through the interview process, and are certain that it’s a viable place for you to work."
And he offers a few more helpful tips for avoiding online job scams. "Never pay an application fee or any other upfront money. That’s not how this process works. You are the one getting paid," Levin says.
"Some scammers will send you more money than you earned and request a refund. Don’t fall for this. Contact your bank and tell them that you suspect a scam."
"Likewise, there are scams where the 'employer' asks the 'employee' to buy things using their own credit card. Don’t do it. You may not be able to get the money back once the scam reveals itself."
Finally, he says, "Think twice before accepting a job that pays more than it should." As he noted earlier, things that seem too good to be true usually aren't.