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JOB SEEKER BEWARE; you could easily be victimized by internet scams

scams 2It wasn’t that long ago job seekers would fill out a paper application at a perspective place of employment. Today this is rarely the case; the internet has become an important and effective tool for those looking for work. The convenience of the internet saves time and enables job seekers to apply for more than one job without making several trips. This convenience comes with a price; the internet also provides anonymity for those pretending to be employers who are actually trying to get information for a scam or cyber crime.

scams 1These cyber crimes that victimize job seekers are on the rise in the United States. When you consider the abundance of information you provide on your resume, this should come as no surprise. Cyber criminals pretending to be a company can post a job opening on sites that provide anonymity, and sit back and wait for hundreds if not thousands of resumes that contain information for all types of different cyber crimes. The most common internet scam aimed at job seekers is the “work from home” scam. According to the FBI’s IC3.gov website statistics, work-at-home scams continue to increase now that more people use the internet to look for jobs. “Victims of work-at-home scams are often recruited by organized cyber criminals through online employment services, unsolicited e-mails or “spam,” and social networking websites. Victims of work-at-home schemes become “mules” for cyber criminals who use their financial accounts to steal and launder money.”

These cyber criminals entice job seekers with an easy work schedule and great pay. But if these terms sound too good to be true; its most likely a scam. Common characteristics of these types of scams require job seekers to receive a check and deposit it into their bank account. They will then be instructed to purchase supplies, tools, or office equipment from a specific vender. They will be told how to make this payment by depositing money in a different bank account set up by the cyber criminal. After the job seeker cashes the check and deposits in their account to make the required purchase, the funds are reversed because the check was not real. The job seeker, who becomes the victim at this point, and is liable for the money. The following is a transcript for an actual scam attempting to victimize a job seeker.

“Once you receive the cheque you are needed to have it deposited to your bank account via ATM machine nearest to you or VIA Teller, Once done you are to send me a copy of the deposit slip to my email for record keeping. Then the funds will be will be credited and available in your account for cashout next day(within 24hours). NOTE: All softwares are to be purchased from the software retailer the company has been buying from for years now and means of payment accepted by the vendor is via bank account of which i will be providing you with the vendors information you will be using in purchasing of your full mini office set up.”

In 2013 the IC3.gov website processed about 262,813 of these types of complaints, which involved over $781 million in losses. The FBI also ranks the highest number of internet scams per state with California in the lead, followed by Florida, then Texas as the top three for cyber crimes. When using the internet to seek employment, there are warning signs to look for and precautions you can take to protect yourself and your information:

  • Do not put your address on your resume; instead just put your city, state, phone number and email.
  • Do not give your social security number or bank account information.
  • If the person does not have a company email from a company that you’ve applied to, call the company they claim to be from to confirm if they actually work there.
  • Be very cautious of job postings that say “no experience necessary” or are vague in describing actual job duties.
  • Avoid deals where they claim they will send you a check up front to make purchases for training, equipment or software.

The best way to avoid being victimized is to know the company you are applying to. Look for job openings directly on a company’s website or confirm a company is real before you give them your information. The truth is cyber criminals might get caught; but as soon as they do others will be creative and devise new ways to entice and victimize job seekers. That’s why it is imperative for your own protection that you do some homework before submitting a resume to apply for a job openings.

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Employers fear “Grey Hair” even though we’re living longer and more active lives.

Employment Exhibition

Employment Exhibitions like this may be the best bet for the “over 50” job seeker. They give a face-to-face opportunity to show prospective employers even though you’re older, you’re productive and in good health..

You may have heard the term recently, “50 is the new 40.” Although this may be a humorous antidote to comfort those who are getting older, there is a great deal of validity to that statement. The fact is; thanks to the efforts of medical science, we have extended the span of human life. However its apparent most corporations and employers that are hiring are reluctant to accept this fact. You want proof; ask anyone over 50 who is looking for a job.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published the latest statistics in regards to how long we live. Their findings yielded some really good news “The life expectancy of Americans is higher than ever, at almost 78.” This presents a new challenge for the medical community; that is to improve the quality of extended lives. According to a recent report in the September 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, it looks like Medical science is meeting that challenge. “The clinical ramifications are far-reaching,” this JAMA report claimed. “As this rapidly growing sector of the population assumes a prominent position in preventive and public health measures, our findings clearly support the continued encouragement of physical activity, even among the oldest old. Indeed, it seems that it is never too late to start.”

There are several more statistics that prove we’re living longer, healthier, and more active lives. Yet, it’s a well known fact that most employers are very reluctant to hire a qualified individual with years of experience for fear that they do not have that many “good years” left to be productive in the workforce.

According to the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the definition of Age Discrimination is very clear cut and simply stated. “Age discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) less favorably because of his or her age.’ In accordance with the Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA), federal laws clearly state “it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of age when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.”

It is very easy for corporations and employees to ignore the ADEA and federal laws that prohibit age discrimination. There is proof they often do. Age discrimination cases have shown a steady increase of almost 40 per cent and continue to increase. According to statistics from the EEOC website; Age discrimination charges have increased from 15,785 in 1997 to 23,465 in 2011.

A significant percentage of the population in the United States has reached, and is over the age of 50, especially when you include “Baby Boomers”. These people, whether they’re unemployed or wish to change careers, have tremendous difficulty finding employment despite years of experience. Currently, this is a problem for job seekers over 50, but this will soon present a bigger problem for all Americans.

The average age of retirement is 64.6 for men, and 62.3 for women. Chances are that’s about to change, with little choice in the matter. Many individuals who are members of the “Baby Boomer” generation are now reaching the age to become eligible for Social Security benefits. This is going to place even more of a burden on an already struggling Social Security system. In the years to come, we may have no choice but to extend the retirement age for two reasons; Americans are living longer, healthier, and more productive lives, combined with the fact that many can’t afford to retire.

Given the present mind-set of most employers and corporations, it will be even harder for those over 50 who are seeking employment, and those at retirement age who wish to keep working. Many older Americans, still active and in good health, have years of experience and dependability to offer companies. Yet this resource is literally ignored because employers accepted the accomplishments of medical science and still harbor a fear of “Grey Hair”.

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