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Avoid recruitment and job posting fraud takes measures to protect users from misinformation and internet fraud. However, all users are reminded that the fraudulent job activities can appear on this and other websites and may appear to be legitimate job opportunities. Be wary of online business opportunities, work-at-home promises, and sites or postings that request personal information or money.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed interview and hiring processes making it imperative that businesses and job applicants verify the legitimacy of postings and employment opportunities. The FBI urges the American public to use caution when applying for and accepting positions through an entirely remote process that has limited or no in person meetings, contact, and onboarding.

  • Legitimate companies will ask for PII (personally identifiable information) and bank account information for payroll purposes AFTER hiring employees. This information is safer to give in-person. If in-person contact is not possible, a video call with the potential employer can confirm identity, especially if the company has a directory against which to compare employee photos.
  • Never send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer.
  • Never provide credit card information to an employer.
  • Never provide bank account information to employers without verifying their identity.
  • Never share your Social Security number or other PII that can be used to access your accounts with someone who does not need to know this information.
  • Before entering PII online, make sure the website is secure by looking at the address bar. The address should begin with https://, not http://.

Protect against theft and loss

To learn more on how job seekers can protect against theft and losses, and how employers can protect against business risks, see FBI Alerts on how Cyber Criminals use fake job listings to target applicants PII (personally identifiable information); and/or how Scammers use weaknesses on job recruitment websites to impersonate businesses and defraud job seekers. To file an Internet Crime Complaint, go to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Victims can also contact the local FBI or police, in addition to contacting the WorkSourceWA team about inaccurate or inappropriate job postings.

This website administrator has made every attempt to reduce inappropriate job postings, but users should be cautious and use their best judgment. recommends conducting additional research to learn more about an employer before applying for a job. Nothing contained in or available via this website shall constitute an affiliation, sponsorship or endorsement by the State of Washington, partner agencies or the hosting site of any employers using the site, or of the respective products and services they may buy, sell, or otherwise provide.

If you wish to report a broken link, an inaccurate or inappropriate job posting, please call 888-316-5627 or contact us.

Thank you,

The Team