Let’s be vigilant to prevent being victims of job scams

 The public has been cau­tioned by the Cyber Secu­rity Authority (CSA) to be careful of the new tactics being used in employment scams.

The Authority claims that more and more examples of job scams involving victims who lost a significant amount of money are being reported.

Typically, scammers send un­solicited messages using email, Telegram, WhatsApp, and SMS, among other channels.

These scammers impersonate recruiters and promise high-pay­ing, remote or part-time jobs involving digital tasks such as liking social media or clicking on a link.

Numerous people have been duped by these scammers, who first entice their victims with small amounts in exchange for larger sums of money after the victims are locked out of their accounts.

The quicker this concerning tendency is addressed, the bet­ter, as it will protect the wallets of job seekers who are in a dire situation.

In relation to employment scams is the problem of cyber­attacks. Organisations in the internet age mostly depend on information technology (IT) infrastructure to protect them against cyberattacks, which is why cybersecurity is so import­ant.

Cyber security is the pro­cess of safeguarding computer systems and networks against unauthorised access or being otherwise damaged.

Cyber security is crucial because it protects people and organisations from cyberattacks and the loss or theft of sensitive data.

Because of this, business­es, governments, and private citizens are making significant investments in cyber security to safeguard their data and assets from hackers; yet, the risk of cybercrime is rising quickly.

Also, hackers now manage to obtain unauthorised access to Facebook accounts, hinder indi­viduals from accessing their own accounts, and utilise these ac­counts to secretly raise money.

Another worrying develop­ment is that some hackers have been calling victims’ phone numbers and tricking them into updating their WhatsApp ac­counts in order to obtain per­sonal information that they can use for other schemes, such as Momo fraud.

The Spectator urges the public to exercise caution and distrust high-paying occupations that require little effort. The best way to avoid employment frauds is to double-check job postings.

Sometimes a scam can be easily identified because of the numerous grammatical, typo­graphical, and consistency flaws in the messages.

Certain organisations clearly specify that applicants should not submit any payment at all throughout the hiring process therefore jobseekers who are asked to pay an employer before being hired should be cautious about such practices.

Let’s all exercise caution to stop these scammers and hack­ers from doing their business.

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