With unemployment rising, more people are looking for jobs. Criminals are setting increasingly sophisticated traps to prey on the desperation of the jobless, whose guards are down amid eroding savings, swelling debts and possibly foreclosure and bankruptcy.

Even the Federal Trade Commission has been cracking down on job scams. Last July, the FTC announced that it brought eight new cases against companies that have conned consumers who are struggling to make a living and pay their bills during these difficult economic times as a result of “Operation Short Change“.

An article in Kiplinger’s titled Guard Against Job-Search Scam has great advice on job search identity theft.

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