Monster is dedicated to providing the safest possible environment for you to search for jobs and manage your career. To assist with that goal, we ask that you keep a few simple security precautions in mind when evaluating job postings on Monster and job opportunities that you may receive via email.
Regrettably, all online companies are susceptible to scams. While Monster makes every effort to prevent this abuse, it is not immune to such activity. To help you conduct a safer job search, we've assembled the following security-related articles and resources. Familiarizing yourself with this information will help you better manage your career.
Expert advice on avoiding online fraud
Every Internet site in the world is facing the growing issue of fraudulent usage of information and we want to work with users around the world to stop this practice. Please keep reading to learn more about the warning signs and what you can do.
Spam email is such a common occurrence today. There are two types of email scams - what's known as 'phishing' and ‘spoofing’. Both practices concern fraudulent email where the 'from address' has been forged to make it appear as if it came from somewhere, or someone, other than the actual source. Below are the warning signs to look for:
Phishing emails are used to fraudulently obtain personal identification and account information. They can also be used to lure the recipient into downloading malicious software. The message will often suggest there are issues with the recipient's account that requires immediate attention. A link will also be provided to a spoof website where the recipient will be asked to provide personal/account information or download malicious software. Monster will never ask you to download software in order to access your account or use our services.
Spoof emails often include a fraudulent offer of employment and/or the invitation to serve as a go-between for payment processing or money transfers. This scam is primarily directed at a general audience, but it can also reach Monster members who have included contact information on their resume. Like with phishing emails, the sender's address is often disguised.
We have observed few instances reported to Monster that some agencies/individuals are seeking money from jobseeker against a job offer from well-known Brands/Employers/Agencies, whose legitimacy / genuineness can be in question. Usually the contact person seeking such information is with unknown origin with foreign accent. Monster advises the users not to rely on the email/offers for employment which is seeking a consideration in cash or in any kind.
These examples of fraudulent email show you what to watch out for (click to see details):
The number and sophistication of phishing scams sent out to consumers is continuing to increase dramatically. While online banking and e-commerce is very safe, as a general rule you should be careful about giving out your personal financial information over the Internet. The Anti-Phishing Working Group has compiled a list of recommendations that you can use to avoid becoming a victim of these scams.
Additional consumer advice is available at http://antiphishing.org/consumer_recs.html
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