Fake Job E-mails Alert by BBB
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has urgently advised netizens to remain alert as job e-mails' scam are highly in circulation on the Internet, as reported in the website of bbb.org on November 11, 2011.
The warning was confronted literally as it came across a spam e-mail that seemed to be sent from Sussex, UK-based Web Designing Company, DOT SQUARES.
The fake mail addressed the 'job seeker' reader and accustomed them for considering them for the position of a DATA ENTRY/ACCOUNTING AND BOOKKEEPER. For the same, the Head of Operations, Thomas Miller would like to conduct an online interview to share more on it with the employee on April 19, 2011.
It is thus obvious that in order to keep a record of the same, the user should create an account at the Yahoo Instant Messenger at its website and include Head of Operation screen name: thomasmiller110 to the list of friends.
However, it is noteworthy to be more judgmental while reading the mail. The English is sub standard with a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes. The e-mail also addresses a generic job seeker instead of the particular name of the seeker, highlights BBB.
Security officials also recommend readers to tick red flag for identifying scams related to job e-mails. Most importantly, a job seeker should visit the website of the applying company and find out if the same job is advertised or not. They should also check the authenticity of the Company website. For it, they should find out if contact information is provided in the site or not. If a website does not qualify all these facts, the job position should be advocated with a red flag. For instance, in the above mentioned example, a seeker must search for 'Thomas Miller' on DOT SQUARES website.
Moreover, legitimate employers meet the job seeker prior to granting them the position. In this context, job offer through a telephonic interview does not qualify authenticity. As such, this kind of job offer should be taken as red flag.
However, inspite of all the recommendations, if at any point, an individual falls prey to these kinds of fraudulent activities, it is advisable for them to file a complaint with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IC3) and notify the federal and the state law enforcement agencies about the scam.
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