With all that has been going on concerning COVID-19, many businesses and their employees are experiencing no small amount of anxiety as their position appears to grow more and more vulnerable. Whether your employees are working remotely, or are in-house under strict rules, there’s a chance that they are seeking some additional means of making money. Unfortunately, opportunists are taking advantage of people just like them in this unsure time.
What would happen to your team if your business were to go under due to the current crisis? One of the most obvious repercussions is the fact that every one of them would suddenly have no stable source of income.
It is effectively guaranteed that your employees have considered this and have likely sought out odd jobs and other means of making a buck. Scammers have also considered this and see it as a clear opportunity to make a buck themselves.
In a study, the Better Business Bureau collected data that shows a clear uptick in the number of scams directed toward businesses and workers currently left out of work by the pandemic’s lasting influence. These phishing scams are specific enough to go by another name: employment scams.
Employment scams, or “job scams,” are yet another way for a cybercriminal to get a hold of your personal data. Lurking on online job sites and gig sharing platforms, these scammers tempt those seeking any opportunity for some semblance of financial stability. Ensnaring their victims with fake job postings, these scammers will then require applicants to pay for training materials or dues for some special certification. Some will just have these applicants cash a bad check as part of the “hiring process.”
To protect your employees from these scams, you need to make sure that they are aware of the threat and can recognize the warning signs:
To help protect your team from these attempts, you need to assist them in their efforts to make ends meet in any way you can. If they still need to resort to freelancing on the side, make sure that they’re following a few best practices in their search:
At SCW, we specialize in providing businesses with the technology that keeps their teams productive - even from home. Find out how you can sustain your operations through remote work by calling (509) 534-1530.
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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