Hackers target jobseekers

In this day and age many applications, interviews, etc. are being filled out and exchanged electronically. The issue this poses in the workforce sector is hackers pretending to be interested employers.

The Wall Street Journal published an article called Hackers Target Millennial Jobseekers that highlights personal experiences as well as tips on things to be wary of in the job search process. The article calls out fake recruiters that send legitimate looking applications which actually contain malware.

If a hacker successfully places malware on your computer personal identification numbers or details, bank or credit card numbers, and passwords are subject to be tampered with or stolen.

Rather than worrying about the validity of a job prospect, you can register for a free SC Works Online Service account at jobs.scworks.gov. The SC Works system pulls job offers from all the major job databases such as Government sites, business sites like hospitals and manufacturers, and major career sites like Indeed. In addition, businesses who register in the SC Works system go through a verification process to help ensure that they are a valid employer, and the system is set up for data scrubbing to help filter out duplicates and job offers that are suspect.

With your account you can not only apply for jobs through the system, you can:

  • Upload your resume,
  • Keep track of certifications that you receive,
  • Enjoy education tools at your fingertips,
  • Use labor market information to refine your job search,
  • And much more.

If you are having trouble navigating the site, there are workforce consultants at SC Works centers around the state to assist you. To find your local center, click here.

While a job offer that advertises “no experience needed” or “hiring entry level today” might be enticing and seem convincing, if you receive information about a job through your email or an online search that you want to explore, there are a few things to look for:

  • The biggest identifier is that they ask for personal details—more information than you would put on your cover letter. Information like your date of birth, bank details, etc. may be asked by an employer, but only after a formal offer has been given, and by this time you should be informed about who will be contacting you about this information.
  • Bad grammar is often in scam emails. If your email has a lot of exclamation marks or too many capital letters it may be spam.
  • Your skills don’t matter. If they give you details about the role, but care very little about the skills you will be bringing to the table, it is likely that it is a scam.
  • Instant job offer. Imagine looking for a job for months and then suddenly a job offer hits your email inbox, it’s like it is too good to be true—well it probably is. If they haven’t taken the time to reach out to you prior to this email then they are most likely scamming you.

You can access an additional tips to protect you email from credit.com.