Scammers Stealing Information via Resumes Using Fake Job Offers
March 1, 2017
Scammers are using fake job opening positions or job offers to collect personal and other sensitive information from potential victims. The scammers do this by sending out fake job opening or job offer email messages like the one below to potential victims, which ask them to respond with their resumes. Once the scammers have received their potential victims’ resumes, which contain a lot of sensitive information, they will sell the information to rogue online marketing companies or other scammers, or they will use the information themselves to contact and attempt to scam their potential victims.
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A Sample of the Job Opening or Job Offer Email Scam
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rekha Singh email@example.com
Date: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 1:01 PM
Subject: URGENT - 6624 - Accountant, Long Term, Redmond, WA
We've an urgent opening with Microsoft, in Redmond, WA. Please review the JD below and if interested, please email your resume in plain doc asap:
6624 - Accountant
Duration : Long Term
Microsoft, Redmond, WA
Accountant with FinOps team. Need to have Microsoft or big company experience. And worked on large systems before.
Prior accounting experience, include balance sheet account reconciliation, auditing, month end close, discrepancy management and reporting.
Prior Accounting Experience Before, prefer experience dealing with Microsoft experience
Intermediate to advanced skills in Excel
Solid verbal and written communication skill
Be able to learn new process/new tools quickly
Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
Be able to function in a fast paced environment to effectively multi-task, prioritize and execute tasks in a timely manner with accuracy
This position needs excel skill.
Knowledge with multiple currency is nice to have.
Outsourced service. Eligibility for outsourced service.
Scammers know how desperately people are looking for jobs, especially with large and reputable organizations that pay very well. Therefore, they use those organizations’ name in their fake job offering email messages to convince potential victims into believing in their scams.
This scam is another reason why online users should never respond to unsolicited email messages which request personal or financial information. And, should contact the organizations the email messages appear to have been sent from, via their website, telephone number or legitimate email address, to confirm the authenticity of the email messages that they have received requesting information, before responding.
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