For most of 2020, phishing scams have been heavily linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, there has been a recent shift towards targeting job opportunities as people are increasingly going back to work.
With more and more businesses opening back up and hiring new individuals, cybercriminals have taken this opportunity to lure individuals with fake job listings to gain access to your personal information.
Your resume has a lot of valuable information on it such as your email, phone number, address, work experience, locations, hobbies, and so much more. Imagine handing all of that information straight to a criminal so that they can exploit, scam, and attack you.
When looking through new job postings, ask yourself these questions before engaging with the position:
1. Is the company unfamiliar and kind of strange?
2. Are there spelling and grammatical errors throughout the posting?
3. Does it seem suspicious at all?
4. Is the position too good to be true?
5. Are there fake web links or addresses attached?
If you say 'yes' to any of these, you might have come across a job phishing scam. Do NOT engage with these scams in any way or cybercriminals may be able to gain some of your private information and use it against you.