The TMP Worldwide subsidiary sent e-mails to job-seekers warning them about the possibility of attempts to steal personal information from fake employer job listings.
The e-mail, called a "critical service message," reportedly says that "regrettably, from time to time, false job postings are listed online and used to illegally collect personal information from unsuspecting job seekers."
A Monster.com spokesman was quoted as saying the warning was not issued because of a specific incident. Identity theft on the job boards is "a very rare occurrence," a spokesman told the Associated Press. "We just want to be out in front of any potential problems."
The FTC also has installed a toll-free number, 1-877-IDTHEFT (877-438-4338) where consumers who have been victims of identity theft can report the crime and get advice from telephone counselors trained to provide assistance to ID theft victims.