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Odds are you or someone you know has been looking for a job during the past year. Millions of people who lost their jobs during the pandemic are still searching for work – and unfortunately, there are scammers taking advantage of that.

The FBI is warning Americans to look out for fake job listings posted by scammers who impersonate real employers. The scammers might try to steal personal data, credit card information, or try to sell the victim bogus job services.

More than 16,000 such scams were reported in 2020 alone. The FBI reminds people that employers typically request bank information after you’ve been hired, not before.

Pay attention to red flags such as these and report them if you come across anything suspicious.

Why do people get taken in by these job scams?  Do you consider yourself pretty good at sniffing out hoaxes?