One of the latest scams is known as pharming. While you may not have heard about pharming, you need to be aware of how the scam works in order to keep from becoming a victim. Pharming is a way for a fraudster to load malicious software onto your computer. 

For instance, you may have posted your resume on a job board site. The fraudster can easily search for victims on these boards because many of the entries include e-mail addresses. You become an easy target because pharmers know you are working hard to find a job. As a result, they may send you an e-mail about a job opportunity with a fake company. 

The job will sound like the perfect fit. As you can see in the example below, the opportunity sounds great, and all you have to do is click on the web link to get more information about the position. However, when you click the link, it loads malicious software on your computer.

These malicious applications may track every key you press, and send it to the person trying to steal your information. To keep from becoming a victim, open a new web page, and check if the company or job is legitimate. Many times, you’ll find the job talked about in the e-mail doesn’t exist. You will have a safer experience if you apply for legitimate positions directly on an employer’s Web site.

Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Pharming Example

To: jdoe@bsu.edu
From: jsmith@ArgossiTech
Subject: Manager Position

My name is John Smith from Argossi Technologies. I am the senior recruiter for positions within our Business and Accounting department. I found your resume on kooljobs.com, and I would like to set up a time to speak with you about your qualifications.
 
I believe you would be a perfect fit for our Accounts Receivable Manager position. For more information about our company and position, Click Here.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,
John Smith, Argossi Technologies