Posted by: David Harley | February 19, 2013

Job scammers will take anyone’s money

Urban Schrott, my friend and colleague from ESET Ireland, has published a blog post on those cold-hearted individuals who prey on jobseekers. (No, I mean scammers, not the government.)

It’s all too common for job offers to turn out to be some form of 419 or other Advance Fee Fraud (AFF) or a poorly paid work-from-home job. However, Urban also quotes an email that looks like a particularly unpleasant variation, where the job offered is actually participating in money laundering as a money mule. Unpleasant, because it’s possible for a naive victim to believe they’re working for a legitimate company and not realize that they’re breaking the law until the police come a-knocking.

These are global problems, not just an issue in Ireland, by the way: Urban’s article is Irish unemployed baited by online scammers

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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