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Job searching? Tips to avoid being conned online and Youth Month give-away with Kaspersky

Job searching? Tips to avoid being conned online and Youth Month give-away with Kaspersky

June is commemorated here in South Africa as a month to empower the youth of our country. This ethos and message of empowerment is possibly more important now than ever before – particularly in the wake of the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, where many young people, have been affected by the job losses experienced in the local market.

If you may be seeking employment opportunities and are making use of the Internet or online resources to determine what’s available to you, be mindful of the fact that you are not alone online – cybercriminals are there too and during such challenging times, they are looking for easy targets to catch!

Job hunting can already be quite a daunting process, and especially in more difficult market conditions, but the reality is that cybercriminals can make this process even more challenging by using fake job listings to trick people, for the purpose of stealing personal information and credentials.

In fact, in 2019, Kaspersky experts detected a blast of sophisticated spam emails globally, featuring fake job-offers that seemed to come from HR-recruiters in large corporations that traditionally attract a lot of interest from potential employees. However, the emails actually came from spammers and installed money -stealing malware on users’ devices.

To avoid falling victim to such nasty scams, Kaspersky shares the following advice:

  • Always check the link address and the sender’s email and or the web address of the website you are redirected to, to ensure they are genuine before clicking on them, and make sure that the name of link in the message doesn’t cover another hyperlink.
  • Do not click on links in emails, texts, instant messaging or social media posts if they come from people or organisations you don’t know, or have suspicious or unusual addresses.
  • Always make sure a web address is legitimate and that it starts with ‘https’ whenever any personal or financial information is requested from you.
  • If you are not sure that the company website is real and safe, never enter your personal information.
  • Check the company’s official website for open vacancies matching your job skills.
  • Make an additional phone call to the company to be sure that the job-offer is real.
  • Review the job-offer for possible mistakes: carefully check the company name or job title and responsibilities.
  • Make use of a reliable security solution for comprehensive protection from a wide range of threats, such as Kaspersky Security Cloud

To support safe online experiences and help you to protect your data at all times while online, this Youth Month, Kaspersky is offering three lucky readers a chance to win a 1-year licence code to Kaspersky’s adaptive solution called Kaspersky Security Cloud.

To enter: Comment below and tell us how you know when someone’s trying to scam you and which of the tips above works best for you. Competition closes end of the month and winners will be notified. P.S. you must subscribe to this site.

Clare Petra Matthes

Hi, I'm Clare and I am a freelance writer and Tech journalist as well as the owner and founder of where I review tech devices and also cover emerging technology news. Outside of I write for a number of publications and have regular tech slots on chaiFM radio station and eNCA's Tech Matters national breakfast TV news show.

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