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Monster Warns Users on ID Theft

Net job board says fake listings a growing problems. Internet job board Monster.com, acknowledging a growing problem for online career sites, is e-mailing millions of job seekers, warning that fake listings are being used to gather and steal personal information. An e-mail message from Monster, which arrived in many users’ computer mailboxes Thursday, cautions that “regrettably, from time to time, false job postings are listed online and used to illegally collect personal information from unsuspecting job seekers.” THE E-MAIL, LABELED a “critical service message,” is going out this week to all active users of Monster’s main site, company spokesman Kevin Mullins said Thursday. Mullins said he did not know exactly how many people that included, but that it is “definitely well into the millions.” Monster, a subsidiary of New York-based TMP Worldwide Inc. and the nation’s largest Internet job board, says it has 24.5 million resumes posted on its main site. The e-mail warning focuses attention on an issue that has long been talked about in the online recruiting business, but whose scope or damage is difficult to estimate. In a case reported by MSNBC.com in November, one victim was lured into giving out everything from his Social Security number to his mother’s maiden name to someone purporting to be the human resources director for a legitimate insurance firm. Full Story

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