If you are looking for a job, the last thing you need is to have your hunt derailed by becoming the victim of a job-hunting scam. These tricks are being used by identity thieves to get your personal information and profit off of it. Watch out for these three types of ruses these scammers will use.

Bogus Interviews. You may be contacted via email with an invitation to an interview out of town. In this scam, you are offered discounted travel and hotel accommodations, but only if you go through their “corporate office.” This is just a way to get your credit card and other personal information.

Stimulus Lies. If you get an email or letter from a “government agency” offering you a job that is funded with federal stimulus money, beware. While there is legitimate recruitment going on for these types of jobs, you will not be contacted in this way.

Job Search Site Scams. Even on legitimate job-search sites, you can find scams. Identity thieves will scour the site for listings of your name, address, and other personal information, or they may contact you asking for these things.

To protect yourself, initiate contacts yourself. Ask for contact phone numbers and then do some research on the mentioned company to make sure that it is legitimate. Call the main switchboard and ask for the name of the contact you are given. You should also never give out personal information such as your date of birth or Social Security number until you are well into the job application process or have been offered a job.