Job-Search Scams on the Rise in the Recession

As the recession sends more people out into the job market, scammers are setting their traps. And boy, are they devious

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For years, Richard Pierre found job candidates on popular work-search websites with postings for positions like a $70,000-a-year gig to be a programmer analyst in Toronto. The problem: Pierre wasn't an employer but a huckster who wound up stealing personal information from dozens of job seekers, fraudulently opening 44 credit cards and racking up some $300,000 in charges.

The Ottawa police busted Pierre, but for anyone looking for a job, his existence is still haunting. It's bad enough that folks out of work have to deal with an unemployment rate that is pushing double digits, but now...

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