Protect Yourself Online is passionate about the chance to deliver you real, fresh, local jobs. Here are some tips to help you learn about security precautions you can take in your job search both on and with job offerings that may come to you through email.

Research potential employers carefully, know who you are applying to. Never provide personal information or click on any email links from an employer prior to confirming they are a credible organization. If you receive an email from an employer, verify the information they send you by visiting their website (do not solely rely on links or information provided in their email). You should also take note of the sender's email address. Most employers have an email that relates to their place of business (i.e An email sent from a generic address, such as yahoo or gmail, could indicate the sender is not affiliated with a legitimate organization.

Do not share any of the information below on your resume or online: Drivers license, Bank account, Credit card information, Passwords, Social Security number

Disregard all emails offering employment opportunities that involve acting as a go-between for money transfers.

Here are some warning signs for fraudulent postings:

  • Requests to manage financial transactions from home
  • Bad grammar and frequent misspellings
  • Requests for detailed personal information (Drivers license, Bank account, Credit card information, Passwords, Social Security number)
  • Compensation based on you withdrawing funds from a bank account
  • Any job that requires a fee of any sort: application fee, processing fees, inventory charges – you should not pay to work
  • Shipping from your home

Protect your community online.

If you are suspicious of a job posting on, or if you receive any email that you believe to be targeted at users, please contact us. Protect your fellow job seeking community by reporting any suspicious emails or online activity to the Federal Trade Commission. At the following links, you can further research online security and file an online report with The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partner of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Additional Online Security Resources:

OnGuardOnline.govVisit this informative site which includes videos, interactive security and privacy quizzes and most importantly, topics and tips from experts to help you protect yourself online. Videos include closed captioning and the site is also in Spanish. There are also Flash tutorials that show users "how to" guides. Everything from starting Firewalls, activating Spam filters, etc. This site also contains further links to the other agencies (ID Theft, E-Mail Scams, Cross-Border Scams, Malware, Online Infesting Fraud, Online Shopping Fraud, BBB, Phishing, Social Networking and Spyware, etc.)

Federal Trade CommissionBetter Business Bureau: Use the Better Business Bureau to research charities and Business in your community or to help resolve issues with BBB registered businesses.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center: The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime.

Looks Too Good To Be was built to educate you, the consumer, and help prevent you from becoming a victim of an Internet fraud scheme. The website was developed and is maintained by a joint federal law enforcement and industry task force. Funding for the site has been provided by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This Web site was created by the National Consumers League (NCL), the nation's oldest nonprofit consumer organization, as a central source of information and advice about fake check scams. NCL created the site in collaboration with the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness, a coalition of consumer and business organizations, government agencies, and companies that are committed to fighting fake check scams.

The Computer Crime Research Center: The Computer Crime Research Center (CCRC) is a non-profit, non-governmental and scientific research organization.

Fraud Guides: Fraud Guides exists to inform the public about scam artists and their tactics so that hopefully you can recognize a scam before you become the victim of one.

Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists: The organization provides resources for financial institutions and related businesses that help train, identify and locate practitioners who specialize in money laundering control policies, procedures & regulations.

Fraud Watch International: FraudWatch International combines anti-phishing education, monitoring and detection services, and preventative software solutions to consumers and corporate clients.

National White Collar Crime Center: The mission of NW3C is to provide a nationwide support system for agencies involved in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crimes and to support and partner with other appropriate entities in addressing homeland security initiatives, as they relate to economic and high-tech crimes. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting job seekers from fraudulent job offers. Check suspicious offers and learn more about how to spot job phishing. A free self-directed (at your own pace) security awareness course that teaches you how easy it is to help make your workplace more secure and personal vital skills to protect yourself and your family from cybercrime and identity theft. When you have completed the course, you can also be amongst the first in the nation to earn your "Certificate In Information Security Awareness In the Workplace" - an invaluable addition to any resume that will be welcomed by employers.