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Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Job Verification Scams

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) This week’s Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday segment focuses on building a digital defense against job verification scams.

In Oregon, the FBI is receiving more and more reports of people being scammed while trying to apply for jobs or unemployment benefits. Reports, from the FBI Internet Crime Complaints Centershow that bad actors target victims who are already in financially difficult situations.

Many businesses and government agencies use private third-party companies to verify that you are really you. The aim is to reduce fraud. These verification companies are legitimate, but the scammers, of course, are playing with the system.

In one scenario, the wrong actor posts a bogus job online and directs you to the verification company. You complete the process and the wrong actor comes back and asks for your login or verification information to complete processing your request. He accesses the account and uses your profile to claim unemployment in one or more states.

In another scenario, the wrong actor posts a job posting online and directs you to what appears to be a legitimate verification company but is actually a bogus. Again, it is harvesting your information and committing all kinds of identity crimes.

How do you protect yourself?

  • Make sure the job you are applying for is real. Find the business and call a publicly available number to confirm that it is.
  • Make sure the verification company you are dealing with is legitimate. Research the company. Know exactly what information is required, how that company will communicate with you, and what official channels they will communicate through.
  • Beware of social media contacts who ask for information to “verify your identity”. Legitimate businesses won’t ask for your highly personal or financial information in this way.

If you are the victim of an online scam, you should report the incident to the FBI Internet Crime Complaints Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.