The city of Clinton Police Department is warning residents, especially those seeking employment, to beware of an internet employment scam. The scam impacting the Clinton community is attempting to collect personal information by pretending they are an employment opportunity.

In a social media post on Wednesday, the Clinton Police Department put up a post warning residents about a scam that is moving through the Clinton community. We all know that scams work just like viruses when they come to the city you live in.

This new scam in Clinton is affecting people who are looking for employment. According to the post from the Clinton Police Department, this scam's objective is to get personal information by disguising it as an employment opportunity. The scammers are using this tactic via the web.

Clinton Police say if it is a local business that people are applying for, you can always stop into the business and request to pick up an application.

Officials from the Clinton Police Department also tell residents not to give out social security numbers or their driver's license number.

To help prevent people from getting sucked into this internet scam, the Clinton Police Department also gave helpful tips:

  1. Check the Web Address (or URL) Communications from popular social websites, online payment processors, or IT administrators are commonly used to lure in the unsuspecting public. The web address for the phishing site may closely resemble the authentic website. It may even contain the address of the authentic website, but also includes code to reroute the traffic to a false website.
  2. Stay alert and skeptical of people unexpectedly contacting you by email or phone and asking about personal information. Only open emails, links, and attachments from trustworthy sources.
  3. Know who your providers are for your hosting, email, and internet. Also, know how these providers will be contacting you.
  4. Protect your computer with spam filters, anti-virus software, and firewalls. For optimal protection, make sure to keep these programs up to date.
  5. Act immediately if you think you have been a victim of an online scam. If you have provided account numbers, PINS, or passwords to an unidentified source, notify the companies that you have accounts with right away.

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