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How You Can Detect and Avoid Online Recruiting Scams

HR Tech Outlook | Tuesday, March 02, 2021

hr tech outlook scam The scam is simple enough but has plenty of moving parts for it to work. Criminals behind recruiting scams have small teams that handle everything, from getting spoof domains anonymously to making phone calls.

Fremont, CA: Online recruitment scams are prey to both job seekers and legitimate employers alike. People looking for work get out of their money and private details, while companies bear the stigma of being used as the face of the scam, even though they have nothing to do with it.Criminals know how to make websites and emails appear official enough to fool a lot of people in a short time. More often than not, company executives and regulators hear a little too late about the recruitment scam before closing it down.

How does a recruiting scam work?

The scam is simple enough but has plenty of moving parts for it to work. Criminals behind recruiting scams have small teams that handle everything, from getting spoof domains anonymously to making phone calls.

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Scammers do their homework where the top employers are, more often than not, using large companies that have become household names in the area they want to hit.

Resource Gathering

They then continue to unlawfully scrap the website of the actual organization they intend to impersonate, stealing logos, fonts and key names relevant to recruiting, such as recruitment or HR officers.

Scammers may try to obtain actual correspondence from the organization, complete with the name and signature of the sender, or make a letterhead from scratch as well as make a signature. Adding a real person's name gives the whole thing an air of authenticity.

Fake Websites Utilizing Spoofed Domains Go Up

Criminals use all the logos, fonts, and other material they acquire to create a fake website using a "spoof domain." The spoof domain uses slightly changed characters that look very similar to the original and are read as right, such as gooogle.com or Micorsoft.com.

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