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6/6/2019
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6 Security Scams Set to Sweep This Summer

Experts share the cybersecurity threats to watch for and advice to stay protected.
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Summertime Employment Scams

Job hunters should be aware of multiple variations of employment scams during the summer months, says Adrien Gendre, chief solution architect at Vade Secure. These impersonate companies of all sizes and industries, and while they happen year-round, they're most prevalent during the summer months and at year's end when people are job hunting.

Some scams arrive in the form of fake job offers appearing to come from recruiters at large companies. They invite recipients to join a job search database by downloading a free application, which is laced with malware. Others are deceptive spam emails, which claim to offer available jobs but redirect recipients to a fraudulent site. There are also LinkedIn phishing attempts, which try to manipulate people into sharing data or downloading malware.

"The topics of LinkedIn phishing emails range from bogus connection requests to fake job offers, with the goal of harvesting credentials and other personal information or installing malware," Gendre says.

He advises employees to be logical: If something seems too good to be true, it likely is. "For instance, large, well-known companies typically have candidates flocking to them, so why would they need to blindly email people who may or may not have the necessary experience?" he says.

Further, think twice if an alleged recruiter demands an immediate response. Yes, you have to move quickly to land a dream job but that's exactly what the attacker wants.

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