Because of these difficult times, many people have lost their jobs. Losing your job is hard. Finding a new one can be hard too, and the need to find a new position can force us to accept any kind of offer.
In this context, there have been many spam campaigns lately offering the most peculiar positions.
Generally, the pattern is always the same; make money working from home, only four hours a day, very well paid. The job consists of making bank transfers. The employers label the position as “financial agent”.
Well, as many of you already know, these offers are completely fraudulent. In reality, the aim of these transfers is simply money laundering, specifically money from phishing activities. This means that the applicant who accepts the job is actually committing a serious crime. Therefore, when the victim realizes the fraud and reports it to the police, the "financial agent's" bank account will be blocked, and the stolen capital will be required to be paid back. Then, at that very moment, the “financial agent” will be promoted to scapegoat, a position of high responsibility in the organization.
The recent evolution of these types of e-mails has been remarkable. At the beginning they were just plain text e-mails, very often badly translated, but they’ve become increasingly well presented and successful at masquerading as job search sites, or even charitable organizations.
As an example, here is a fake job offer from Monster (a job search site I haven't signed up for) that arrived at my inbox a few days ago:
So, you've been warned. Be careful with these e-mails, they can get you into real trouble!