Job offer: the fraudulent fake job offer

The last thing in this type of deception is to ask the candidate to send money in order to apply for the job offered.

George Murcia

One of the many things the Internet has changed is how you search for jobs. Nowadays, searching for offers on the net is one of the most popular and effective ways to find a job that matches our preferences or abilities.

Like many others, it’s a breeding ground for cybercriminals, who take advantage of network leaks to scam people who are unsuspecting or lack the tools to detect fraud.

They use various methods, but one of the most used lately is to claim a sum of money to apply for an advertised job, as revealed by the Association of Financial Users (Asufin).

“Very competitive” offers

The plan of the malefactors is generally the following: they publish a job offer “very competitive”, although insufficient to arouse suspicion. According to Asufin, “these are usually deferred customer service positions for a foreign company.”

Candidates for the position are invited to complete a form as a CV. Shortly after, they receive an email confirming that they meet the requirements for this job.

The message indicates the salary to be received and the working hours. It does not say anything, however, about the tasks to be performed, or about the position that will be occupied, or about who will be the superiors. “In addition, this email generally contains spelling mistakes and badly worded sentences, as if it had been translated from the internet”, explains the association.

A few days later, the candidate receives another e-mail in which he asks for a payment of several hundred euros -up to 750- before sending the necessary documentation to his home to start working. At the same time, the senders of the message assure that they will return this amount together with the first salary.

However, once the payment is made and the receipt sent to the supposed company, “it disappears” and the contestant never gets their money back. And, of course, he doesn’t get the job either.

Advice from the Internet Security Office

The Internet Security Office (OSI) offers a series of tips to avoid falling into these traps:

-Before a job offer on the internet, “make sure that the information it contains is consistent”. You have to ask yourself if the company offering the position is known, or if it exists. Also if the proposed salary corresponds more or less to the description of the work to be done.

-If you receive the offer without having requested it without registering for a selection process for these characteristics, you must doubt its veracity. “Find out about such an offer before acting,” recommends the OSI.

-You should doubt job offers that are poorly written or contain spelling mistakes, because “these are clear signs of possible fraud”. Companies with a modicum of reputation usually don’t make this series of mistakes.

-If after sending an application to apply for a job, they ask you for money or make a payment under any pretext, “do not accept requests without further delay. Analyze the situation carefully, because you could be faced with a clear case of fraud.

-Be wary of adverts that offer jobs from home or abroad that are “very well paid” and in which “no type of prior experience is requested”. This is one of the main traps of cybercriminals: offering jobs that promise to earn money “in a short time and in an easy way”.


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