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Phishers target new grads

By Kendra Kostelecky | 

RENO, Nev – (KOLO) New graduates eager to join the work force are prime targets for scammers looking to steal their personal information. It’s a new evolution of an old email phishing scam. This time crooks are focusing on university email addresses, sending fake employment offers to collect applicant’s personal information. Local employment advisers say trust your gut; it looks to good to be true, it probably is.

The Nevada Career Studio at UNR helps students find their dream jobs. Assistant Director Mary T. Calhoon says the best place to start looking is in your own network. “Let them know that you’re searching and be genuinely curious about what’s out there,” she advises.
She also recommends researching companies you’re excited to work for. Keeping your search focused to a handful of potential employers will allow you to give them more of your energy and attention, resulting in a better impression.

Casting too wide a net could also make you more vulnerable to a phishing scams. New graduates in Connecticut told the better business bureau their college email accounts were targeted by scammers offering jobs without even requiring a face-to-face interview. Calhoon says, so far, they haven’t seen the problem in our area.. Still, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself.

“If in the application process, the employer starts asking for a lot of unnecessary personal information or identifying personal information you need to take a closer look,” says Calhoon. If an employer asks for payment to process your paperwork that could also be a red flag. She says most legitimate employers will not ask you put down your own money or purchase equipment up front. If you are contacted by email, Calhoon advises checking to make sure the sender’s address matches the company’s web domain.

The Nevada Career Studio is only open to students. Calhoon advises other job seekers to stick with trusted sites and agencies to weed out suspect job postings. We’ve listed a few Reno area resources for you here.



Arkansas Attorney General joins comment letter to FTC about spam and phishing text messages

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced she has joined other state attorneys general in a comment letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking it to maintain its current safeguards and filters for protecting consumers from spam and phishing text messages.

“As I continue to work with my colleagues to reduce annoying telemarketing calls to Arkansans, I want to make sure that wireless carriers do not lose their ability to protect consumers’ messaging,” Rutledge said. “Taking this ability away would make consumers increasingly vulnerable to dangerous spam and phishing schemes.”

Rutledge signed the comment letter, led by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, along with attorneys general from Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

“Text messaging spam would be a major annoyance to consumers and would be a vehicle for various fraudulent activities,” the attorneys general said in the letter. “We believe, and our citizens desire, that this unique wireless service should be kept ‘spam free.’”