As unemployment rises, employment scams and other opportunistic cons may be used to prey on people who are in dire need of income. Many people post detailed information about their lives publicly to social media including their employment status and hardships and this information can be used to craft convincing campaigns against them, said Jack Mannino, CEO at nVisium, an application security provider in Falls Church, Virginia.

“Most quick-cash schemes are generally too good to be true, which often entice victims by the allure of fast income and a quick fix to their problems,” he said. “Avoid disclosing personal information over the phone or by email to anyone claiming to be from an agency, as you should typically apply for unemployment benefits online. Do not accept checks or goods from any individuals you don’t fully know or trust.”

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