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Scams Targeting Desperate Job Seekers

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Identity thieves are preying on desperate job seekers to steal their personal information online.

Scam artists are posing as employers asking for credit reports and social security numbers. With millions using the internet to search for jobs, scam artists know many of them are willing to do what ever it takes to get hired, even if it means handing over personal information.

Mark Dade of Pasco has seen first hand, how these scammers work when his wife sent out her resume online recently.

"My wife got 3 of these letters right away saying we're interested in you, you're the kind of person we want to have. But please send on these references for us," said Mark Dade from Pasco.

The letters ask for a copy of his wife's credit report and her social security number before even filling out an application. Job search experts says that's information that shouldn't be provided until much latter on in the hiring process.

"You should never give your social security number for any reason, unless you are at the point of being hired," said Candace Bluechel with Worksource Columbia Basin in Kennewick.

And luckily for the Dade's who noticed the problem early did not send any personal information. They now want to tell others what to look for when applying online. "They never offer an office name, a company or a phone number, just an email address. It's a scam," said Mark Dade.

Job search experts recommend researching the company you're applying for and make sure they're a legitimate before applying.