Friday, August 24, 2007

Online Job Offers; Legitimate or Not? : Update

On July 30th, I did a post about fruadulent email job offers. This will be an on going list of the addresses that continue to come in. Since the addresses are all different I've been reporting them one at a time as Spam mail. Here they are, the senders, subjects and dates are:

Subject: Susan, Regarding an employment offer as Site Manager and your online resume
Date Received: Tue, 17 Jul 2007

Date Received: Tue, 17 Jul 2007

Subject: Susan, In Regards an Assistant Technical Manager employment offer and the Resume you posted online
Date Received: Wed, 22 Aug 2007

Subject: Susan, Possible Technical Director employment opportunity
Date Received: Fri, 24 Aug 2007

In addition to the above email, I also received an offer to register with a recruiting specialist site. Notice the subject line, it says "Subject: Re: your resume" which normally means you sent the other person an email first. I was able to tell by the email what the site name might be, so without clicking on any links in the email, I did a Google spam search, a Better Business Bureau search, and a search, none indicated the site as a threat. The BBB search turned up nothing for the company at all, maybe a little odd since the company claims to have been in business since 1987.

Here are three things to consider:

1. As far as I understand it, none of the following services email your resume out to potential employers.,, and, all offer visible resumes for prospective employers to view. However, each of these companies will keep your personal identifying information private unless you otherwise indicate that to them. Mine is private, therefore an employer must contact me via one of these services.

2. I never emailed my resume to anyone at the following address, so the "Re: your resume" in the subject line falsely identifies the email as a response to an email I appear to have sent out. However, the body of the email shows no signs of an "Original Message." There are those times when people just do not use good email etiquette and make this type of error.

3. After reviewing the site and checking for security measures to prevent identity theft while submitting any personal information or your resume, I found none. Even though they seem legitimate and link to legitimate job search engines it still appears suspicious.

I didn't include the sender's address here as I am currently checking it authenticity. I'll let you know as soon as I find out anything.

Until then and as always, if you need to check the origin of and email or website you can do that at a domain-based research tool. Just enter the URL of a website into the "WHOIS Lookup" space and click the "Go" button. You can also use the "Search by domain or keyword" and "Search through deleted domains" to locate information about any given site.

You can also check out the resources at the Better Business Bureau's Security Alerts and BBB's Find a Reliability Report.

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