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New Phishing Scam on Job Sites

Toby Getsch was searching his dream job. So he became member of a leading recruitment site by posting his resume on it. A media company responded by sending e-mail to Getsch, which he found enticing. KLTV published this on March 26, 2007.

The e-mail asked Toby to register on the company's website as part of the job application process. This aroused suspicion in Getsch. The site did not provide any contact details. Getsch felt the red alert. He decided to find out about the company by doing some Internet search only to discover that there were a number of complaints against the company. NBC-2 published this on March 26, 2007.

According to privacy experts, in this new phishing attack the crooks first tried to capture such information that a victim would consider as harmless. Later even those details could lead the phishers to all the personal information about the victim. This makes the phishing scam even trickier.

Investigators at NBC-2 discovered that criminals were targeting Internet job seekers to snatch their identity. Unwary job seekers fall in traps when they try to follow the fraudulent messages on employment websites.

The scams are improving in sophistication and even more hard to recognize, said Pam Dixon at World Privacy Forum. NBC-2 published this on March 26, 2007.

But they are not to stay. Numerous job seekers have realized the situation and have reported their suspicions to the Better Business Bureau about such fraudulent job site postings. Some postings directly ask for the applicants' names, home and e-mail addresses.

As the best practice, Dixon suggests people to adopt a skeptical approach. If an applicant has never heard of the recruiting company or if the company wants too detailed information or asks to set a password, then it is important to do some research before disclosing personal information. Alternatively, it would be right to contact the organization directly.

Online job scams disguise as actual job postings on reputed sites like Monster, Yahoo etc, says BBB. Often these jobs relate to part-time or work-from-home placements. But there is a wide range of professions from IT, accounting to quality control.

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