It’s almost impossible to search for a job without using a CV or resume, and a rich curriculum vitae (CV) or resume often provides a number of opportunities and preferences for job seekers. As a matter of fact, most big companies, firms and many smaller employers, only accept to invite applicants whose CV had interested them largely. For this reason, job seekers are now a major target for scammers that seek to steal peoples’ identities and personal information. While some online crooks steal high quality CVs to lure people into believing they are who they are not, some other crooks steal high-quality CVs to secure jobs and credit cards.
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There is a newer resume fraud in town and it occurs when a job seeker steals content, often just copying and pasting information including their qualifications from someone else’s resume in order to secure a job and credit cards. This new scam is fast spreading and gaining many devotees. According to reports, these Scammers steal CVs and other identity documents from established translators to get jobs they are not qualified for. On getting the jobs, the scammers contract out the work to those they believe are qualified for the jobs, who interestingly are never paid for their efforts.
Most scammers use local job websites where they contact potential candidates promising to involve them in lucrative projects, or asking to include them in their database or listing fake job openings online or sending email asking them to apply for a job or even saying they’ve got a job offer. The job seekers inadvertently provide personal information that can be used for identity theft to a scammer. And the dishonest men (and women) will be busy harvesting their CVs, replacing their email addresses (and sometimes names).
They go on to impersonate people and rob company and employers of their potential clients and destroy their reputation. This can in most serious case lead to identity theft. An experiment done by the BBC concerning a fake website lured 107 job seekers into submitting their CVs, made up of personal information that could have led to identity theft. Of the CVs, 61 contained adequate information that are used in applying for a credit card.
The fake company listed a fake job opening by placing a job advert in a British national newspaper saying that it was seeking for office managers, and then went on to ask people to apply by sending in their CVs to the website. Although 107 people fell victims and sent their CV, a quick search of the website could have shown that it was as a matter of fact a false operation.
HR practitioner Perminus Wainaina of Corporate Staffing, while speaking to Campus Vibe said CV theft was common among people who are not self-assured of their own ability, or had no ability at all. However, he added that, it was simple to detect. In his words,
There are sniffer softwares that can nowadays tell genuine CVs from fake ones. Also, HR officers are trained to identify lies,”
You cannot apply for a job you’re not qualified for. You’ll eventually be exposed,”.
Wainaina further said that most of the CVs which were stolen were the ones usually available on university and company websites, particularly those belonging to brilliant people who are less known among the locals in the country.
Articles abound with stories of a shocked person who comes across their resume online with someone else’s name on it, almost word for word. It is common in the online industry, where shady recruiting firms advertise fake jobs.
One way to avoid being a victim of this CV theft is to ensure that you are applying for a legitimate job before sending your personal information to any firm listing job openings both online and physically.