Internet scams are so prevalent online that crew almost expect them to arrive in their e-mail inboxes. But job-seekers must remain vigilant as the scammers continue to innovate.
A current e-mail includes an unsolicited employment offer from an e-mail address with no company name.
The e-mail also comes from a personal name with no company name in the e-mail address, in this example Katherine Carter at the e-mail address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legitimate companies usually have company e-mail addresses instead of a Gmail,
Yahoo, Hotmail or other account.
The introduction letter in this example contains incorrect grammar, another sign of a scam: “We aim to help every job seekers in the United States find employment quickly. We also aim to help every businesses who are looking to hire competent employees to help them build a solid business team.”
The job descriptions are vague and require an applicant to reply to receive more details. This leads unemployed crew to share their information and CVs with potential scammers.
In this most recent case, the e-mail contains a URL with a company name and Web page, jlsmanagementgroup.com/jobs, but online searches on consumer Web sites such as www.ripoffreport.com stated that a request for financial information leads applicants to share their personal credit report with an unknown source.
Crew should be alert to allowing any online entity access to the information contained in their credit reports. And they should remain vigilant against suspicious e-mail addresses and requests for important personal details upfront.