Phishing Scams Targeting the Jobless
According to fresh reports from wbztv released on July 16, 2009, people who have lost jobs are being sent fake e-mails by Internet scammers such as phishers and spammers.
Accordingly, a former employee of Fidelity named John O'Rourke, who has been hunting for work for the last six months, says that he frequently finds e-mails captioned "Open Opportunity" in his inbox, as reported by Wbztv on July 16, 2009.
The e-mails appear personal as they address the recipient by his name like "Hi John" even though the messages seem to be from an HR director whose last name is not given.
However, these employment offers have nothing legitimate about them and the e-mails are simply spam messages that he has been getting since he put up his CV on 50 job recruitment websites including Monster and CareerBuilder after his exit from Fidelity, according to John.
John further says that the scammers are anticipating that he will click on their e-mail attachments giving a supposed job match. But vigilant John says that they could all relate to phishing attempts to seize his identifying details.
Moreover, a dissatisfied and depressed John states that the current time is inappropriate for people who are trying to exploit the circumstances of the jobless. Nonetheless, scammers through their spam mails are pushing various job scams and John says it makes him wonder if these job recruitment sites are adequately monitoring prospective employers who actively utilize them.
Owing to these employment scams, a Supervisory Special Agent Charles Pavelites of FBI's IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) says that it is important for job hunters to take precautions and find out about the organizations they contemplate joining prior to revealing personal or financial information, as reported by Tennessean on July 13, 2009.
Indeed, security experts echo the same thoughts as of Pavelites. Experts are constantly reminding employment seekers that they must avoid anything that appears unbelievably true for they are usually fraudulent. They also advise alertness on the part of job seekers just like John O'Rourke will prevent them to become prey to any Internet fraud.
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» SPAMfighter News - 8/6/2009
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