April 9, 2014
Google And Facebook Want You – Surely This Isn’t Real (And It’s Not)
Another week, another obvious – yet potentially enticing – phishing scam. This latest one popped up in the last few weeks and it has all the signs of being absolutely fake – so why are people falling for it.
This “Job Offer” scam isn’t new, it has just evolved. For years, scammers, phishers and other cyber criminals have attempted to lure in people with offers for jobs. Typically it was jobs such as secret shoppers, help desk solutions and mail order fulfillment. These scams actually had the potential of sounding real because these didn’t offer that glamorous of positions.
Now a different sort of scammy job offer email is making the rounds. It typically proclaims: “A BIG Opportunity For You Has Opened Up,” and emphasizes that this has a limited window of opportunity. This is a chance to work for Facebook, Google, eBay or Craigslist, and to make $89k a year!
It should come as absolutely no surprise that these firms, which are located in California, probably don’t need people to work remotely! And they certainly don’t need to email opportunities across the Internet.
If anything these firms are highly selective of whom they hire.
Last year, reports circulated that Yahoo – also based in California – was only looking to hire those with an Ivy League degree. This reporter touched on this policy last year, and at the time I questioned whether Yahoo was limiting itself by being so exclusive.
Now this brings me back to the point of these scam emails. Exclusive is one thing, but on the other hand no company in the world is going to hire someone blindly after he/she responded to an email offer! It begs the question whether the phishing scammers have gotten truly desperate.
Yet, that is part of it: desperate. Working for Google, Facebook and these other companies might be a dream for many and this is what the scammers are playing into. Those truly experienced enough to actually know how to apply for a real job would never fall for it, but many who are desperate – or dare I use the word “lazy” – might actually think they have a super opportunity.
The scammers than either send those people to a corrupted website that can load a user’s computer with nasty malware, or charge a fee to “file the job application.” Either way, no job is coming!
There is the old saying that you can’t con an honest man, and clearly this is why phishing scammers try these tactics. They’re looking to con the desperate that most-likely have little real chance of landing a job at such a firm.
Then there is the other part of it – Yahoo, Best Buy and other firms – are now moving against the current and requiring that employees now work at the offices instead of from home. Anyone who follows the trends with these companies would know that Facebook, Google and many other big companies also prefer that employees spend the day “on campus.”
As HBO’s new series Silicon Valley suggests, the culture in these high tech companies is such that many people might not feel so bad about showing up for work early and working late. This is a culture where there are meetings on multi-person bikes, break rooms stocked with free snacks and pool tables.
It could be that apparent “fun” side of things that make those job scams seem all the more enticing. Who wouldn’t want to work for these companies?
Of course the answer is plenty of people. Those software engineers do get good pay and great benefits like stock options but they worked hard to get there, and often times work longer hours than the average hard working American.
The saddest part of this is that scammers and hackers often show real talent – maybe not the sort of talent that could result in creating an app that Facebook buys for a $1 billion – but perhaps enough that they could actually get a job at those firms.
In the meantime, just delete those emails, and if you really want to work at Facebook, go back to college, or better still, create an app that catches the eye of Mark Zuckerberg. Maybe you can become a billionaire in the process.
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