Your Online Resume Fertile Ground for Identity Thieves in New Scam

The Internet Patrol - Patrolling the Internet for You

Job seekers the world over know that the best places to post your resume are at online job sites like Monster.com, HotJobs.com, and SimplyHired.com, to name a few. Between even just these three sites alone, there are hundreds of thousands of resumes posted online, available for all to search and read.

Let’s back up a moment. “Available for all to search and read.” All. Oh sure, on some job sites you have to pay a fee to search the resumes, but that’s chump change for employers.


Or identity thieves.

That’s right. The newest identity theft scam is perhaps one of the most obvious: scammers search online resumes for the information they need to steal your identity.

It’s all right there. Your name, your address, your telephone number, your educational background and your job history. And if they are very lucky, your age or date of birth, and if they are very very lucky, your social security number.

No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free?
Click for amount options
Other Amount:
What info did you find here today?:

 

And identity thieves don’t just steal your identity information in order to run up your credit. They often will actually assume your identity in order to get a job, or even start a new life.

Explains David Barton, an attorney and identity theft expert in Arizona, where identity theft is a major problem, “What identity thieves are after is a profile, and a profile includes a home address, your birth date and your Social Security number. We have so many employees working out there with false credentials.”

The first step to combat this, obviously, is not to include such private information in your online resume.

 

“Applicants should consider using a two-tiered approach so that they decide when to provide more information after their somewhat sanitized résumé has piqued an employer prospect’s attention,” advises John Flynn, another attorney specializing in the area. “Everyone must be cautious and spend the time to craft a different sanitized, but still equally impressive résumé, that will get someone’s attention.”

But care in crafting your resume isn’t enough to ward off all would-be scammers. In a twist on the old Nigerian 419 scam, MSNBC reports, scammers are contacting job-seekers through online job sites, and luring them into check-cashing scams. Recently, for example, scammers claiming to represent a fictitious company in Europe contacted online job seekers, and asked them to help get their company’s operations up and running in the United States. The scammers then sent forged checks which appeared to be issued by the state of Arkansas to their victims, and had them cash the checks and wire the money back to the scammer so that it could be used for getting the company’s “U.S. operations” going. Of course, the only U.S. operation was the fleecing of the scammer’s target.

Do you have a resume posted somewhere online? If so, what are you going to do when you’re done reading this? Now.

No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free?
Click for amount options
Other Amount:
What info did you find here today?:

9 thoughts on “Your Online Resume Fertile Ground for Identity Thieves in New Scam

  1. I too have receive the same email from anna aka jane doe… when I didn’t reply jane doe sent me the same letter she had already sent me. Prior to that, I was curious what they would say when I asked about taxes…and I was told there company pays all canadian taxes..from russia…I feel bad for innocent ppl who are just trying to provide for themselves or for their family…and you have someone like this trying to take what little they have…its sad…they should be ashamed..

  2. I also found this job at the job bank of service canada and when I got the email with the description I suspected it was more money laundry and that’s why I ended here. I am reporting this to the Job Bank, it really makes me mad to see people doing harm to some one innocent.

  3. This is what I received after sending in my resume which I got the job ad from a legit website “jobbank.gc.ca”. Luckily, I suspected it because when I googled the company, the only one that shows up is all the way in Russia. And it’s pretty naive for anyone to actually think any company will trust a complete stranger to handle their money when they haven’t even met them in person.

    “Hello,

    We recently received your correspondence indicating an interest in a position at Travel Agency “Maloda”. We want to thank you for taking the time to send us information about yourself.
    We regret to inform you, however, that the available position has been filled, but For today at us vacancy of the Financial Manager(part-time) is open. Below you will see its detailed description. If you were interested with our offer simply reply on this email.

    Please examine this list of requirements for our company’s employees:

    – Must be able to use the Internet and have access to the Internet (email).
    – Must have 5-10 hours per week available to work with the e-mail account.
    – Must be able to work without supervision.
    – Must have a responsible approach to business.
    – Must have a branch of Western Union or Moneygram in your town.
    – Must be able, if necessary, to visit a bank or another financial institution in your town on any weekday.

    Who are we?
    We are one of the world’s premiere designers and providers of “extreme adventures” a unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime tours tailored exclusively to meet your threshold for risk, excitement, adventure, and more. Our trips include travel by air, land, and sea; comprise solo and group endeavors; and traverse the heights and depths of one’s imagination. Have but one goal in mind ñ the complete and absolute satisfaction of our clients and co-adventurers.
    To ensure this, we provide our adventure clients with thrilling, on-the-edge, safe, one-of-a-kind travel experiences to the untamed outskirts and far reaches of Russia, where they inevitably experience great personal feats and bear witness to some of the most magnificent places on earth and beyond. Although our tours are guaranteed to push the limits of one’s imagination, we are committed to not seeing our clients’ cost go beyond reason. We are committed to providing our clients the world’s best travel experience at the world’s best price. We achieve this by catering to individual adventure-seekers, as well as large entertainment, travel, and corporate groups.
    You can find more about us in our web site: http://www.maloda.com

    Your earnings
    Your earnings will consist of the monthly constant salary at a rate of 2500 CAD and interest from the processed payments: 5
    Your basic salary is paid to you two times a month.

    Description of your activities
    You will receive and cash in the transfers from our clients, process these payments, and send the funds to our company.
    Here is how it works:
    1. The client makes a payment.
    2. Immediately after this, our manager sends you an e-mail message with information about the payment and detailed instructions on how to process it.
    3. You receive this payment.
    4. You cash it.
    5. You deduct 5 (for example, if you receive $1000, you deduct $50 as your commission. The balance remaining is $950.).
    6. You go to the nearest branch of Western Union or Moneygram.
    7. You send the balance to us.
    8. You send us an e-mail message containing all the required information on the transfer.
    When you make the transfer you will have to pay a commission to Western Union(or Moneygram). The exact amount of this commission depends on the amount being transferred. Let’s assume the commission is 50 US Dollars. You pay this commission from the balance of the payment (the $950), which means that the actual transfer will total $900.
    All transfers will be sent on Interac E-mail Money Transfer System. For sent of such transfers it is enough to know your name and a E-mail. For reception of such transfers, it is necessary for you to have the bank account in one of banks included in Interac System. These are such banks as Royalbank, Scotiabank, BMO, CIBC and TD Canada Trust. For more detail about that such Interac, look on sites of these banks. You can use as bank account already available at you, or to open new specially for work.

    Example
    If we have a client, we forward him directly to you. He transfers the required amount to you, then you send this processed payment with all the required data to us, having deducted your 5 commission. For each such transaction you will receive detailed instructions from our managers who will tell you what to do and how to do it.
    The number of clients per employee varies. It depends upon the market conditions, the season and other factors. On average, an employee processes 20-30 payments a month. The amount of each payment is not fixed, but it normally fluctuates between 700 and 1500 Canadian Dollars.

    If you have any questions about the job offer, terms or conditions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly, I will assist you with any step of the recruiting process.

    Sincerely,
    Anna Romanova
    HR Manager | TA “Maloda”

  4. malodare.com Definitely a scam

    Took me a while to find this:

    We recently received your correspondence indicating an interest in a position at
    Travel Agency “NutMag”. We want to thank you for taking the time to send us
    information about yourself.
    We regret to inform you, however, that the available position has been filled, but
    For today at us vacancy of the Financial Manager(part-time) is open. Below you will
    see its detailed description. If you were interested with our offer simply reply on
    this email.

    Please examine this list of requirements for our company’s employees:

    – Must be able to use the Internet and have access to the Internet (email).
    – Must have 5-10 hours per week available to work with the e-mail account.
    – Must be able to work without supervision.
    – Must have a responsible approach to business.
    – Must have a branch of Western Union or Moneygram in your town.
    – Must be able, if necessary, to visit a bank or another financial institution in
    your town on any weekday

  5. Indeed,I was supose to sell my computer on a free ad web site.The person sended a 2500$ check and asked me to wire the rest of the cash to another adress.BEWARE!These
    people don’t care,they wanna scam you! Nothing is to good in this world.

  6. I allso cashed a FAKE CHECK FOR 4800 NOW IM BEING CHARGED WITH THEFT AND FORGERY I GO TO TRIAL IN JANUARY THEY OFFERED ME 10 YEARS IN PRISON BUT I TURNED IT DOWN NOW THEY SAY AT TRIAL THEY WILL GIVE ME 20 YEARS FOR A CHECK THAT WAS SENT TO ME FROM AFRICA I DIDNT KNOW IT WASNT GOOD THE BANK SAID IT WAS WHEN I CASHED IT……….. NOW I REALLY NEED HELP I LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN IN ARKANSAS THEY DONT KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT FAKE CHECKS HERE I HAD TO PUT UP $15.000.00 TO BOND OUT OF JAIL FOR THIS

  7. I was contacted last july or so from one of these companies.I was not working and ready to loose my condo,and trying to take care of my 10yr old, saw a way to make some quick money. They contacted me through career builders.com job board. well to make a long story short. I was arrested trying to cash the “cashiers check” I didnt have any clue this was a fake cashiers check. I work for the banks!!!! I didnt look into it deep enough I suppose, but now I am being charged with forgery, possession of a forgery device her in arizona. Im looking at jail time possibly. My career will be gone and reputaion pride and self respect. I didnt make it, I signed it showed my own id and bank card. I need serious help, what can you suggest???

  8. Well done — Not job hunting myself, but this gets one thinking about all the ways we expose ourselves without realizing it. very helpful.

  9. Very good advice! Scammers are using online job sites to find victims for many scams. It’s more than the Nigerian fee scam — the overpayment scam is at least as popular. For more on what ScamBusters calls “the biggest online scam almost no one knows about,” check out: http://www.scambusters.org/overpayment.html

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.