Be careful with these job offers: they are the new cyber scams of the summer
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Be careful with these job offers: they are the new cyber scams of the summer

The high tourist season means new job offers, but you have to be careful because cybercriminals take advantage of it to deceive their victims.

The arrival of summer means an increase in tourism and, therefore, also in the hiring of new temporary staff. Many Spaniards take advantage of this boom in employment to get some money, but sometimes they end up being scammed by false job offers.

The cybersecurity company Panda Security warned a few days ago of a wave of new frauds promising false summer jobs. As explained in a press release, cybercriminals used quite common criminal tactics, such as phishing (impersonation of people or companies) and social engineering (obtaining credentials and access codes from the victim).

Attackers use the tactic of phishing, among other criminal methods. Attackers use the tactic of phishing, among other criminal methods.


The arrival of summer means an increase in tourism and, therefore, also in the hiring of new temporary staff. Many Spaniards take advantage of this boom in employment to get some money, but sometimes they end up being scammed by false job offers.

The cybersecurity company Panda Security warned a few days ago of a wave of new frauds promising false summer jobs. As explained in a press release, cybercriminals used quite common criminal tactics, such as phishing (impersonation of people or companies) and social engineering (obtaining credentials and access codes from the victim).

“One of the main platforms from which our data can be stolen are job search platforms,” said Harvé Lambert, Global Consumer Operations Manager at Panda Security. They play with people’s needs. Normally, before an interview you have to give a large amount of personal data, what you don’t imagine is that it is used for the theft of your digital identity.”

Scams through mobile messages

The Panda Security report discovered that hackers used platforms that users regularly use, such as WhatsApp or other instant messaging apps. An example they gave was that of a supposed job that offered around €3,500 per week, a salary that was very difficult to refuse.

Additionally, the cybersecurity company also saw the same tactic being used via SMS. “ The work is very simple, and can be done at any time and from anywhere,” they lied in the message. Panda Security warned that this scam could also be done through phone calls.

“The pattern they follow when using applications like WhatsApp is to make the user end up exchanging messages with the supposed manager or recruiter,” Lambert explained. He is asking for personal information, as well as copies of documents to verify that it was his identity.”

Tips to avoid these types of scams

· Panda Security recommends that users be careful before providing their data for a supposed job offer. Typically, recruiters are not the ones who directly contact the job seeker.

· On the other hand, if “the pay and hours are too good to be true” it may be because they are not true.

· On many occasions, these types of fraudulent messages are loaded with grammatical or syntactic errors. This doesn’t usually happen with emails from professional companies, so if you notice they exist, it may not be a real offer.· It is also ideal to search Google for the keywords in the message or even the contact number or address because there may already be other users on the Internet who warn that it is a scam

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