Job offer via WhatsApp, real or fake?

Job offer via WhatsApp, real or fake?

A well-known tactic of phishing continues to add victims. Through an ostentatious job offer, they steal money and information from those who do not resist the offered payment.

To start, we will discuss the ways in which these offers are presented to us. A text message or one via WhatsApp are the options most used by cybercriminals. What most strikes the reader is that these offers would come from big companies like Amazon.

Below is an example of an SMS published by Kaspersky with the job offer and a link where they could contact a recruiter.

SMS phishing job offer

As mentioned in previous articles, remote work has a great role due to the pandemic and the labor crisis that in Latin America has reached 10% unemployment. Therefore, this type of offer has become widespread.

How do they carry out the job offer scam?

The job offer is always accompanied by a link, which for this example redirects to a new chat where you can chat with the «recruiter». The recruiter on this occasion invites the interested party to register on a platform with a code that he gives them.

After registering and the registration is completed, the interested party is asked for a contribution that ranges from $1 USD to $5 USD. The recruiter promises a commission and fulfills it, but for a second time the amount increases and with it the risk.

In addition, they ask the “worker” to carry out a low-complexity activity. Which will then be paid with your investment plus a commission. Once the cyber criminals achieve the desired amount or number of people required. Finally, they proceed to close the platform, denying any attempt at communication on the part of those affected.

What to do if I receive these messages?

When receiving a text message or message from any platform of instant messenger from a stranger, it is recommended to delete them. WhatsApp by your side Allows you to block and report the number. In addition, in some cases the messages arrive in another language, which would facilitate the detection of the phishing.

An exception to this is that you have applied for a job, in which you are told that you would receive a message through one of these ways. That way you can confirm that it is legitimate.

Finally we can say that this example of malware it is not the only one and although the modality changes it does not mean that it is legitimate. New ideas will continue to emerge where the phishing with social engineering to steal personal data, accounts, money or your identity.

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