Spam mailing with offers of work has recently become more common. Internet users note a sharp increase in the number of fraudulent letters, which are often difficult to distinguish at first glance from a real business proposal.

We are going to tell you about the tricks used by intruders, how to distinguish a malicious letter and why it is not worth responding to dodgy proposals. 

1) False responses to a CV

For job seekers who are actively posting CVs, the greatest danger is the spam letters with work responses. In this case, the searcher gets the message that a large company is interested in his CV.

When clicking on the link indicated in the letter, there are usually two options: either the user goes to the site of the “black” employer, or the computer becomes infected with the virus.

When you are really looking for a job, it can be difficult at first glance to distinguish a scam from a real company response.


2) Offers of Online Earnings

Internet earnings get a great interest and excitement among regular users of the Network. However, there are cases which turn out to be a fraud of intruders. 

Never click on links in letters that promise to work online. Most often, the transition to that site guarantees the computer infection, and if the transition is made from business e-mail, then in a matter of minutes the entire system can be infected.

However, even if the link does not prove to be a virus, one should not expect to earn easy money. They can offer you to send the similar spam, but most likely, a naive user will be asked to pay money before starting work. Proposals can be very different – for example, to pay for registration on a training course, but the result is always the same – the lost money.


3) “From reverse” method

As classic spamming becomes recognizable and many users ignore it, scammers can use other tactics. For example, recently the so-called “from reverse” method has been circulated, when criminals tell that they personally faced dubious offers of Internet earnings, lost money, but still managed to find a way out and now they earn millions.

The letter usually begins with a general greeting and a story about why one cannot respond to questionable sentences that come by e-mail. 

This technique is used to get the trust of the user, after what the brainwashing starts. Scammers make a link to a site that supposedly is the only real way to earn, and then everything goes according to the standard scheme. As a result, the users either lose money or catch a virus.


4) Trainings and seminars 

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Quite often e-mails can contain offers of professional trainings. The scheme of the attackers is usually reduced to the fact that the user receives the first video for free, the rest is sold for money. You would say this is an adequate work of the manager, however, the “professionalism” of remote business coaches remains questioned.

Under the guise of such “unique” materials they offer videos that are publicly available on the Web and are of no value. The work of scammers is to convince the addressee that he has a unique chance to undergo a remote training for a small amount.


5) Business Offers

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One more popular spam business offer comes with the proposal to ship Gold, to transfer money from the bank account or to share with you a huge inherited amount. About one of such offers James Veitch is telling at his Ted talk in a very funny way.


General tips to avoid job spam 

1. Use a spam filter of course. That will keep you safe from job spam offers.

2. Pay attention to the recipient’s address – scammers rarely send individual letters, so in addition to the address of your e-mail there will be indicated a few more users.

3. Check the contact form of the company, if there is a phone, the legal address and the site. In the letters of scammers there is no phone, but often attached files or a link, leading to a malicious site.

4. Google the job name, the company name and anything else that can be used to identify the sender.

5. It is also necessary to pay attention how you were applied to. A real employer is more likely to address you by name, while scammers start communication with a common greeting, and sometimes even without it.

6. Bad grammar is also a good indicator of spam. They can misspell a company name, or the letter can be written in a very bad English.

7Sense of Urgency. Some of the scammers use such psychological trick as urgency to get you on a hook: “Hurry Up! This offer will be closed in 10 hours” or “if you respond now, other candidates will be extended this offer”.

8. Never give your personal information like bank account and passport numbers online even if the letter passed positively for all our previous warnings.

9. Be rational. Unless you’ve been actively applying for jobs, it’s unlikely someone is going to find you in the “internet resources” and offer you an amazing job.

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Alisa Bagrii is a tech writer and marketing strategist. Currently works with such concerns as e-mail protection and online security. When not sat at the laptop you can often find me walking in the forest or devouring a good book.

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