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Job Seekers Beware: Spotting and Avoiding Online Scams

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As job seekers, I was searching for a job when the idea suddenly came to my mind to check out Craigslist. Well, I decided to browse the Computer section and search for ‘Security.’ The first result was the most intriguing one: securitywatchersgroup[.]com – available at https://archive.is/MCK7o.

Job Seekers ads

The job description was ‘Security Camera Monitors Needed – No Experience Required,’ earning $23 – $35 per hour. They made it sound enticing, claiming you could ‘Monitor Remote Security Cameras and earn on your own terms.’ Moreover, Securitywatchers boasts providing remote surveillance for over 200 small businesses across the US.

According to their claims, the requirements to work for them are as follows:

  • Own a laptop or desktop.
  • Be willing to work 2-80 hours per week.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • No criminal record.
  • Pass a background check.

It sounds interesting, and everything seems quite promising. This opportunity could potentially be a good source of income. With excitement, I clicked the ‘Apply’ button. I was directed to the website typeform.com to complete my application – Archive Link.

Once again, there’s another promise: if you have a computer and are willing to earn $55 per hour (I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to), you can press the ‘Submit’ button. Now, we are redirected to the securitywatchersgroup.com website – Archive Link.

The repetition of these promises and further explanations regarding the company’s claim to provide services to 200 small companies across the US, where you are required to check cameras, is quite noticeable. Considering the payment rate, the requirements section does not seem overly demanding.

By completing your application, you’ve provided your name, surname, mobile number, and email to this network. Within a few minutes, you receive an email.

It appears that our job application has been quickly approved, and we have been asked to proceed by completing the Application. Clicking on the ‘Complete Questionnaire’ button leads us to a Google Form – Archive Link.

We fill out the form and immediately receive an email confirming the acceptance of the job!

Clicking on the email link, we’re directed to a page that asks us to purchase a 5-minute video CyberGuard background test. Once completed, we are finally employed!

We are directed to the domain https://www.cyberguardtool.com/ – Archive Link: https://archive.is/pzLVP.”

The website’s slogan, ‘Run your Internet Safety Check with CyberGuard,’ is prominently displayed. The site claims: CyberGuard is a tool that allows you to run an internet safety check for someone with just their email. Stay safe from online scams and fraud by verifying the identity of the people you interact with online. It only requires an email from you. Upon entering your email, you’re directed to the Stripe payment page.

This is the final curtain of the elaborate deception spun by job scammers preying on innocent job seekers, and fraudsters will steal $23 from thousands of job seekers.

As of the writing of this article on August 9, 2023, it is noteworthy to mention that securitywatchersgroup.com was registered on July 13, 2023, which is approximately 27 days ago. Similarly, the domain cyberguardtool.com was registered on July 11, 2023, making it approximately 29 days old. These recent domain registrations raise suspicions about their intent, strongly suggesting that these domains may have been created with the purpose of targeting and scamming unsuspecting jobseekers. In conclusion, the allure of quick and promising job opportunities can sometimes cloud our judgment and lead us into the clutches of online scammers. The story of this ‘Security Camera Monitor’ job posting serves as a cautionary tale for jobseekers, reminding us to exercise vigilance and skepticism when navigating the online job market. To protect ourselves from falling victim to such scams, there are several key steps to keep in mind:

Research Thoroughly: Before applying for any job, research the company extensively. Check their website, read reviews, and verify their legitimacy through reliable sources.
Never Pay for Job Applications: Legitimate employers do not ask jobseekers to pay for applications, background checks, or training. If a job posting requires payment upfront, it’s a red flag.
Trust Your Instincts: If a job offer sounds too good to be true or raises doubts, trust your instincts and proceed cautiously. Scammers often use enticing language to lure victims.
Check Email Addresses and Domains: Verify the authenticity of email addresses and domains associated with the company. Scammers may use variations that closely resemble legitimate addresses.
Avoid Sharing Personal Information: Be cautious when sharing personal information online. Limit the details you provide in applications until you’re certain about the legitimacy of the opportunity.
Seek Recommendations: If you’re unsure about a job posting, seek advice from friends, family, or career advisors. They can provide valuable insights and help you make informed decisions.
Use Established Job Platforms: Stick to well-known and reputable job search platforms that have proper security measures in place.
Report Suspicious Activity: If you encounter a potential scam, report it to the relevant authorities and platforms to prevent others from falling victim.

Remember, your safety and financial well-being should always come first. By staying informed, cautious, and vigilant, you can navigate the online job landscape with confidence and avoid becoming a target for fraudsters.

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