BBB Alerts Job-hunters about ‘Twitter’ Job Scams
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) in New York (US) is cautioning employment seekers to be wary of increasing Twitter scams that are focusing on making illicit money.
Twitter, the website for micro-blogging, is currently experiencing numerous followers who are frantically hunting for jobs. Therefore, Internet scammers have begun to send spam mails to Twitter accounts, stating that any user could earn huge sums of money by some experience and effort.
A particular spam mail from numerous that BBB identified states that there is urgent need of Twitter workers who after getting hired can make extra money through Twitter, as advertised on CNN, ABC, and USA Today, so people may apply immediately.
David Polino, BBB President, states that Twitter is being used as the latest dazzling medium online for making it a precise catch for one more new scheme of work-at-home business, as reported by Syracuse on July 16, 2009.
The President warns that earlier offers made for making money were through e-mails or via ads posted on Google. However, now job-seekers must be careful about parting off their cash for a doubtful proposal that turns around Twitter.
Making tall claims, the proposal states that an unemployed Twitter user can earn large amounts of money by putting just a little effort without any previous experience, but that an upfront fee is necessary to obtain additional information and for being short-listed for the work.
The BBB therefore wishes that job-seekers remain familiar with the alert signs while looking for work online. According to the agency, job-hunters should know that these websites which are being mentioned in tweets to get work or to make cash do not provide real jobs and are merely schemes to make illegal money.
Meanwhile, online scammers such as phishers/spammers are targeting not just the New York-based unemployed people with fake Twitter messages and malevolent links but also those in Maryland (USA) where over 200,000 people are searching for jobs.
Hence, people seeking work through Twitter need to watch out for phishing and spam attacks that are being orchestrated through the online site.
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