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Finra Warns of Job Interview Phishing Scams

By Alex Padalka July 10, 2017

Finra has issued an investor alert about phishing scammers posing as members of real organizations interviewing job seekers through online video call platforms — including posing as Finra itself.

Fraudsters who claim to have a role in the hiring process are using Skype and other online video software to phish for job seekers’ personal information, according to the industry’s self-regulator. Some scam artists also set up fake emails and copycat websites to get job seekers to hand over personal data that is then used to steal their money or identity, Finra says. Fraudsters have even posed as Finra hiring managers, according to the regulator.

To avoid becoming a victim, the regulator suggests being extra wary of anyone asking for sensitive information over non-secure channels. In addition, Finra suggests conducting extra due diligence into offers of online video interviews without prior contact, requests for payment with the promise of a job and prompts to download files, which it says could contain malware that could then allow fraudsters to monitor the job seeker’s computer.

Finra says if offered an online video interview, job seekers should call the company’s human resources department to confirm that it uses the online video platform in question for conducting interviews in the first place, verify that the interview was scheduled for the time and date stated, and search online for the name of the hiring manager or recruiter. Finally, the regulator suggests terminating the call immediately if asked to hand over personal or financial data or pay a fee.