With most job applications being completed online, the unfortunate reality is that online job seekers are a target for scammers seeking to commit identify theft. But there are plenty of ways that you can protect your personal information during the job hunt. Here are some general guidelines we recommend you follow:
Phishing scams are cleverly disguised communications through which scammers attempt to acquire personal information. These scams most commonly show up in the form of email messages, but may also appear through instant messages, text messages, and even in phone calls. These phishing messages are designed to appear as though they were sent by a legitimate company. In email phishing, scammers will usually forge the sender email address to make it appear to be from the company or person the scammer is pretending to be. They will also use logos and graphics from the legitimate company's web site and create an email which looks similar or identical to actual messages the company might send. In such cases, it may be helpful to review email headers lines. Header lines are the first part of any email message before the body. The header lines contain information used to route message, including the subject, sender, recipient, the path an email takes, and its priority. Header lines are normally not shown raw and in full by email programs. Only certain information — the Subject line, sender and sent date, for instance — is displayed, formatted for easy use. When wondering the credibility of an email, it is a good idea to review these header lines, as they often will display suspicious information. To learn how to display the header lines of an email, check out this helpful guide.
There are several signs to watch out for that suggest that a post may be fake:
These are just a few tips but you should always scan the job posts with a little bit of skepticism. The red flags mentioned above do not guarantee that a job post is fake, but they should give you pause and initiate further research. Even if a job opportunity looks professional and legitimate, there are signs in the follow-up communication to watch out for:
If you are in any way suspicious, contact the company to verify that the person contacting you is an employee. Scammers will often pretend to represent real companies. Don’t overlook these signs because you are eager to find a job.
First and foremost, if you have any suspicion at all, do not share any personal information with the individual or company. Second, be sure to notify the WorkConnect team by emailing email@example.com. Please forward or attach any phishing emails so that we can act immediately.
If you have already provided information during the job hunt process and you’re starting to worry, monitor your credit and bank accounts to ensure there are no signs of fraud. Review the warning signs of identity theft outlined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
If you suspect you have been a victim of identity theft, you should file a report with the FTC. You can also call the FTC Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-438-4338 or TTY 1-866-653-4261. Visit https://www.usa.gov/identity-theft for more information.
Unfortunately, it is possible for a scammer to email you posing as the WorkConnect team. You should not release personal information over email during the job search process, and the WorkConnect team would NEVER ask for any. If you do receive such an email, please notify us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a scammer and we will address the situation right away.
When you sign up on workconnect.io you will receive one email from WorkConnect by SAP (email@example.com) with the subject “Your Account has successfully been created.” You may also receive content from firstname.lastname@example.org or replies to your inquiries from email@example.com. Any emails that are not from these email addresses or someone from SAP (which will have “@sap.com” in the email address), should be regarded with caution.
As you know, the purpose of a CV or resume is to highlight your employment and academic history, as well as those qualifications that might “sell” you to potential employers. You need to include basic personal/contact information (name, city, email, phone number), but there are some details that you should never include on any job profile or resume/CV:
If you come across a suspicious or questionable posting on our site, and/or an email that you've received, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.