SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has issued a job scam alert, saying she recently learned about several fake job postings targeting individuals interested in applying for jobs at the Oregon Department of Justice.

These fake job listings are created by scraping legitimate websites, such as LinkedIn, and then substituting false information and embedding links which lead to website(s) that are used to harvest personally identifiable information.

By posing as a legitimate recruitment site, the scammers then collect personally identifiable information from unsuspecting individuals which is then sold, Rosenblum said in an email warning.

The attorney general said, “Please be extra cautious if you receive unsolicited job announcements.”

To protect yourself from fake job scams, review these tips:

  1. Conduct a web search of the hiring company, using the company name only. Results that return multiple websitgov
  2. Legitimate companies will ask for personally identifiable information and bank account information for payroll purposes AFTER hiring employees. This information is safer to give in-person. If in-person contact is not possible, a video call with the potential employer can confirm identity, especially if the company has a directory against which to compare employee photos.
  3. Never send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer.
  4. Never provide…

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