ZipRecruiter jobseekers targeted by scammers

Since the rise of technology and societies dependence on all things electronic, there have been people who sought to use the digitised world for their own gain and at the cost of others.

And sadly, recruitment is no exception.

Candidates looking for jobs via web-based third party recruiter sites run the risk of being targeted by scammers, posing as top class recruiters and employers.  Ars Technica and CSO allege that several candidates have been targeted on ZipRecruiter, where scammers pose as CEOs of companies that jobseekers recently applied to.

The publication reports that one candidate applied for a job at a paint manufacturer, only to receive an email from the ‘CEO’ telling her that the position had been filled – but offering her another role as a ‘personal assistant’.

The email read: "If you accept my offer, I will need you to take charge of my mails pick up and drop off as well as errand running during your spare time outside of work.

“The job is flexible so you can do it wherever you are as long as there is a post office in the area. I will pay for the first week in advance to run errands, and will also have my mails/packages forwarded to a nearby post office where you can pick them from at your convenience.”

The offer was a ‘re-shipping scam’ – a plot which allows fraudsters to target candidates and purchase goods for them, on the promise of money – a promise which never comes to fruition. They also use jobseekers to deliver fraudulent goods; when the criminal activity is traced, the police will often turn up at the candidates’ door, rather than the scammer’s.

A ZipRecruiter spokesperson told CSO that they were “acutely aware” of the issues with the site and are currently working on ways to prevent fraudsters from accessing candidates’ CVs. 

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