25% of Internet fraud is bogus job offers

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Just as cybercriminals take advantage of specific dates such as Halloween, Christmas or Valentine's Day to launch their threats on the Internet and try to trick more users with those festive hooks, they also try to take advantage of the economic situation and the search for desperate job where people who have been unemployed for a long time.

The shortage of job offers in a difficult economic time has led to an increase in scams related to job offers on the Internet. Particular care must be taken with those who offer jobs in record time or with those who promise exorbitant remuneration compared to the profile of the offer and what is usually paid for a similar position in the market. They can only be hooks to trick users.

Job offers with unreasonably high wages must be distrusted

According to data from the National Institute of Communication Technologies (INTECO), one in four frauds currently on the Internet comes from false job offers. False job offers are specially designed to obtain money, financial information or personal information from the candidate that will later be resold to a third party.

One of the most common hoaxes is mass mailing with flashy headlines like "instant work" or "we have work for you."

Another way could be to encourage the job seeker to call a premium, premium rate phone to get more information about the position and the selection process. After a long-term call, no information is obtained and what is primarily accomplished is spending a significant amount of money on the phone bill.

In the same way, scams work that ask the future employee to send a series of text messages (premium SMS) to be able to enroll in it. The only result is the enrichment of the cybercriminal's coffers at the cost of the need to find work for deceived people.

We must also be suspicious of the courses that promise a job at the end of it, after disbursement of a significant amount of money, as well as the jobs that promise work from home "comfortably and with high benefits . "

In many cases it is a form of money laundering at the expense of the employee, who is required to open a bank account. Its function will be to receive transfers in that account for subsequent forwarding abroad. In reality, what you are participating in is a money laundering process obtained through scams from other users.

The human resources company Adecco has released a series of tips to avoid job scams on the Internet:

– In all these cases, we must be alert about suspicious points or that arouse mistrust, such as the lack of clear information about the offer, the contract or the services offered by the alleged selection company.

– The correct way to search for a job through the Internet must be done through reliable and official websites that guarantee the protection of the data that we incorporate in the pages of these companies.

– Any selection process must have a personal interview part prior to hiring and online or telephone hiring is not common practice. In addition, no company should require payment of an amount for participating in a selection process or requiring bank or credit card details.

– No miracle deals. Most companies always request the candidate's previous training or experience to enroll in one of their job offers.

– The salary detailed in the offer must be a reason for mistrust when it is much higher than the market average.