Sunday, July 24, 2005

Internet Resume Posting and Fraud

Identity thieves are turning to job sites to steal personal information. Criminals are also recruiting people into getting involved in scams on these sites. Recently, I did a post on criminals who recruit people to ship merchandise and set up accounts to transfer funds (normally overseas). When this happens -- the person who is involved in this can be financially liable and even worse -- they might face criminal prosecution.

Besides the recruitment of people to do scams, resumes often provide the right information to steal identities. If they do not have quite enough information to do this -- they merely obtain the rest in the fake hiring process by getting the applicant to submit pertinent information -- such as their social security number.

Here is the recent post on work at home scams.

http://fraudwar.blogspot.com/2005/07/work-at-home-scams.html

Besides shipping scams, people are also solicited on job sites to work in various financial type jobs. In this variation of the scam, they are tricked into transferring (laundering) funds obtained through fraudulent means. Since this is normally done through one of their own accounts they expose their personal financial resources, which are often promptly stolen, also.

According to the World Privacy Forum, this activity has been increasing recently:

http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/resumedatabaseprivacytips.html

2 comments:

Judge Roy Bean said...

Ted - like your approach. Do you mind if I put a link to your blog on mine?

The Honorable Judge Roy Bean
http://www.loansharks.blogspot.com

Orikinla Osinachi. said...

In view of the global magnitude of Internet Fraud, how reliable are the authorities such as Interpol in prosecuting these international crimes?