The face of job searching has completely changed thanks to computer technology and the internet. Gone are the days of typing out several resumes on a typewriter and mailing them to potential employers. Today, resumes can be done faster and the internet offers a wide array of ways to search for job openings. You can even apply online through e-mail or social media.
But while job searching has improved and is easier thanks to technology, there is a potential dark side to it. It’s called phishing and it’s caused by scam artists out to trick job searching individuals. Phishing is used for identity theft. Beginning 2008 up to 2014 there have been 11 million cases of identity theft cases reported. Some 12 percent of this involves employment fraud.
Phishing is an attempt to extract personal information from authentic looking e-mails. Looks can be deceiving so before clicking or responding to that recruitment e-mail, here are things to look out for:
Scammers will send mass e-mails to enormous list of recipients, hoping to just snag a few. The e-mail will usually sound like, “We saw your resume on the internet and we find your skills suitable for one of our clients. Please complete the online application through the link below.” So then, ask, did you send your resume to this recruiter? If no, then the e-mail should mention where they saw your resume. If no mention of this, visit the company address. Type the address into your browser and NEVER click on any of their links in the e-mail. Call the company if you can. Verify everything, and if even one thing is suspicious, just delete the e-mail.
Never respond to requests for personal information
Let’s say you receive an e-mail from what appears to be a well-known bank offering a job position. The e-mail may state that they need your personal and contact information because they’re a bank and they need to see your accounts and other financials. You are asked to click on the link and you’re taken to a page that looks and seems to feel right. You then proceed by submitting the requested information. The link is actually designed to use the information you submitted to defraud you. Again just delete this and don’t even bother replying.
Make sure the employer’s web page is encrypted
Resume submission services usually ensure that any private information you provide is encrypted upon hitting submit. Encryption, in short, ensures the private information you submit online is kept safe. But in reality, 8 out of 10 employers will simply ask for your resume and when they’re satisfied with you they schedule you for an interview. Still, with legitimate companies, you can recognize an encrypted form when the root URL starts with “https:” instead of “http:” or you see the padlock present in the bottom right corner of your screen. You normally see these features with purchasing companies to ensure your private information avoids the hands of scammers.