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by SixFigureStart | February 18, 2009

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Being laid off is stressful enough as it without having to worry that the job post you're about to respond to is a fake. Recently, the Wall Street Journal had this to say:

"If you're launching an online job hunt for the first time in a while; take caution. What may look like an ad for employment may lead to something entirely different, like a hard sell for career services or job-training manuals. Or worse, it might be a plan by identity thieves to get you to share sensitive personal information via "phishing" expeditions. Some of the job postings -- sometimes for positions long filled -- also could be from recruiting agencies looking to collect résumés."

As someone who's procured both jobs and apartments from Craigslist, I'd have to agree. Most posts were on the level, but there are still many shady people out there waiting to capitalize on your predicament. So to avoid getting suckered, read the rest of the advice in the article, "It Isn't Always a Job Behind an Online Job Posting." Who needs that aggravation?

--Posted by Linda Petock, Vault News & Commentary

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