Surely you will not be saved, and that is More and more we see how prices are going up and we can’t face them, Going shopping and not spending a good chunk of your salary is an increasingly complicated task or choosing between turning on the heating and spending more than necessary, or spending the winter without it.
Inflation, a word that we keep on repeating and which has a direct impact on our pockets. And in the midst of all this, The problem of unemployment, a rate that exceeds 12%.
Prices rise and more and more we need work, thus registering in multitude of job search portals And in many cases, waiting impatiently, for a call.
And, unfortunately, you have to be very careful here too, because, Faced with the need for so many people to find a job, scammers have found a hole to try to steal your data.
They, like no other, are in various applications for finding employment, such as, for example, linkedinOf which, by the way, Microsoft has already alerted.
Which one is that mode of operation Of these scammers? Well, there are many and very varied, but basically, what they do is recruit you for a very juicy job offer in which They offer you the best conditions, which are very suited to your profile, and in which they will never stop asking you for data.
At that point, that alleged recruiter suggests that the conversation is on on WhatsApp, Coming to send you malicious files that are installed on your device to spy on you and steal data.
something happened that Patricia, a health worker from Zamoras That she was registered in a job search portal and months later, they contacted her. yes, a scammer He asked for around 20 euros to take the antigen test and 20 euros to take his uniform worked.
“When the alarm went off, when he asked me for 20 euros, I said, ‘Stay still’, that doesn’t sound good at all. I’m going to go with it and see how far it goes.” Told us in COPE.
Luckily, she realized that the offer was false, so she decided to report it to the police. “I told the police that the DNI he gave me seemed to be false, and it turned out that it belonged to a girl from the Canary Islands whose identity was stolen” told us
Thank God, he didn’t provide her with much relevant data that could have been stolen from her, but she decided to spread her story to prevent it from happening again. In fact, he realized that the name the scammer had given him, Was removed from the same job search portal.
In other cases, for example, they will ask you for your bank details and your ID, such that in a few months, Not only have they stolen money from you, but they have stolen your identity as well.
But how can we protect ourselves from them?
Being constantly vigilant, the first step to avoid them
To learn how to identify these offers in COPE We talked to cybersecurity expert Jorge Artajo, who gave us the keys To identify such proposals.
And the first is to be “attentive” to job offers that reach us through various channels, and above all, to see that, If they are the result of a conversation or discovery by us.
“I invite everyone to check the profile of anyone who wants to contact us” Explained. The important thing is to do a detailed search of the alleged companies that want to recruit us and the profile of the person who makes us, just to see to what extent they are true.
And that is, as you remember, We at job search portals are “more vulnerable” to fraudulent emails.
To give you an idea, some online banks assure that these are false offers only in 2022. They mean a loss of $68 million, a real outrage.
And it is in our hands to avoid them, not only by paying special attention to what they offer us, but also by avoiding providing them with certain data. Who are they who can rob us? Our expert, Jorge Artajo, explains it to us.
“There are some things they would never ask of us in an offer. They will never ask us to pay them money, transfer them to any site, and if they do, be suspicious. commented. And it is that he explains that they are going to ask us for, at most, a contact telephone number and our course.
But, what if we have already made that data available?
Nor do we need to worry much based on the data we have been given, he said. If you give your bank account, IBAN number, the most they will be able to do is pay you money.” He started to explain.
“The data that can hurt us the most is our credit cards being stolen, they can shop online and lose money in many places.…they can use it to launder money” he remarked.
Important: Never provide our credit card. “What you think the interviewer does not need at all, or that is not appropriate, should not be given, but the credit card, under no circumstances” pointed to.
scams that are provendangerous for the company
The worst part of these scams in different job search portals is that It affects not only those who want it, but also those who recruit employees.
And it is that, as cybersecurity expert Jorge Artajo explained to us, scammers also want to infect companies.
“False profiles are created in which someone invents a very juicy profile for a common company, HR people contact them, and they expect to receive a file. Hackers take advantage of this to send malware or any virus and infect the computers of the whole company.
For this reason, as he reminded us, the most important thing is to be alert whenever we get an offer and Discover the profile that contacts us to avoid many fears.