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AI drives 118% surge in job scams

AI drives 118% surge in job scams

Job Scams

Job scams surged by 118% in 2023 compared to the previous year, according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The watchdog group said the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) played a significant role in this increase. The ITRC found that identity thieves are using AI to create fake job postings that look more legitimate.

They are posting these phony listings on job search sites and networking platforms like LinkedIn. Scammers are also creating professional-looking profiles and websites for fake businesses. They impersonate real companies using similar names to set up interviews with job seekers.

Once a victim believes they have secured a real interview, the scammer moves the process off the original platform. They communicate through email, text, video calls, or messaging apps.

AI-driven job scam surge

The fake employer then tells the applicant they need to fill out paperwork and provide proof of identity. They often request sensitive information like a driver’s license, Social Security number, and direct deposit details as part of a supposed onboarding process. Many victims don’t realize it’s a scam until after they’ve shared their personal information.

Red flags include not getting an immediate response or being asked for ID.me login credentials. “The rapid improvement in the look, feel and messaging of identity scams is almost certainly the result of the introduction of AI-driven tools,” the ITRC wrote in their report. “AI tools help refine the ‘pitch’ to make it more believable as well as compensate for cultural and grammar differences in language usage.

The ITRC advises job seekers that the best defense against these AI-powered scams is decidedly low-tech.

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They recommend calling to verify job contacts directly with the source company to ensure legitimacy. The spike in employment scams highlights the importance of caution as criminals leverage advancing AI to make their schemes more convincing. Job hunters need to stay alert to avoid falling victim to this growing threat.

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