Kingston Police warn of cybercriminals perpetrating hiring scams

Recruitment websites are a great way to find new job opportunities. Unfortunately, very few of these recruitment websites properly validate the people posting jobs, which makes it surprisingly easy to create fake job posts, according to Kingston Police.

“Cybercriminals have been creating fake job posts that appear to be listed by a legitimate organization,” Kingston Police said in a media release. “These fake posts direct you to contact a malicious email address, phone number, or website that appears to belong to the spoofed organization. Cybercriminals use this scam to try to steal your personally identifiable information. This type of information is often provided when applying for a job, which makes this scam simple, yet effective.”

Kingston Police shared the tips below to stay safe from these types of scams:

  • Watch out for grammatical errors, unusual language, and style inconsistencies in job posts. Be suspicious of job posts that look different compared to other job posts from the same organization.
  • Avoid applying for a job within a recruitment website’s platform. Instead, look up the organization’s official website and find their careers page.
  • Cybercriminals could also use this scam to target people within a specific organization. Be sure to follow your organization’s specific guidelines when applying for internal positions.

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