Job scams in the healthcare sector

Have you ever wondered if a job is real or a scam? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Recently cybersecurity has made headlines, especially in the financial sector due to the rise in cyber-crimes involving banks, ATMs and other financial institutions. The healthcare sector has also seen targeted attacks, largely due to very low levels of security for highly confidential information such as patient records and test results.

Of note are job scams that are related to the healthcare sector such as medical-billing job scams or work-at-home schemes. There are hundreds of incidents seen annually across the region, and the numbers are constantly increasing due to the lack of awareness of the risks from such fraudulent scams. CTM360, a cybersecurity firm from the Kingdom of Bahrain has been tracking and taking action against such scams as a part of its 24 x 7 x 365 service, whilst remaining determined to spread awareness.

The main victims of job scams are expatriates who are unaware of the company that is offering them employment. Common targets also include unemployed medical students and minimum wage workers, such as non-office staff. With a highly competitive job market, the supply of graduates often outweighs open positions, leaving a high number of job seekers who cannot continue on their chosen career path. Parallel to this, unskilled workers at the entry level also often fail to find work in their own home town. These two categories remain ripe targets for scammers who are looking for easy money.

The scammers initially contact the candidates via email, offering a job, with benefits that are usually too good to be true. To someone who is in desperate need of a job, this may seem very tempting; however one should always be wary of unsolicited emails. The email is written in a way to make the candidate feel special and chosen out of many when in reality it’s completely bogus. To date there have been many scams that offer jobs in hospitals to doctors, nurses, admin, maintenance and so on from foreign countries to defraud them. These job scams also continue to offer help via fake travel agencies, visa services and accommodation offerings. The whole package is offered in a manner to seem as lucrative as possible to a specific potential victim. Criminals also continue to ask for more personal details which include the date of birth, address, bank details, phone numbers, passports and social security numbers. Such information can be sold online for profit and can lead to identity theft, impersonation, financial loss and even stalking.

Most emailed job scams can be spotted easily; they all seem to offer premium employee benefits, with unreasonably high salaries. The email also seems to insist on urgency to complete the recruitment process. Ideally, recruiters do not ask candidates for any form of payment, but in this case the email will state that they require payments for materials, visa processing and more.

Under no circumstance, should individuals pay employers during the recruitment phase, especially potential employers who are complete strangers. Individuals that come in contact with such fraudulent emails should:

  • Contact the legitimate company that has been mentioned in the email to confirm/ report the email job scam.
  • Refrain from responding to such emails or pass any personal
    details without verifying who the recruiter is.
  • Not send any amount of money online to an unknown recipient.
  • Avoid clicking any links or opening any attachments that are sent, as this may lead to a phishing site or download malware on to your machine.

Organizations need to be more aware of and deal with email scams that use their domain names for impersonation, employment scams or phishing websites. Ignoring such situations could damage a brand’s reputation and affect customer loyalty. Organizations who are being impersonated should:

  • Follow up with candidates who have reported such emails to gain more information.
  • Provide a disclaimer on the company website regarding employment scams using the company name.
  • Address the situation holistically and ensure all relevant cyber threats are neutralized

 

CTM360, a cybersecurity firm from the Kingdom of Bahrain has been tracking  and taking action against such scams as a part of its 24 x 7 x 365 service, whilst remaining determined to spread awareness.

CTM360 takes action against such threats through strengthening its member’s security posture and providing constant situational awareness. With an ecosystem built in the cloud, the company operates a 24 x 7 x 365 Cyber Incident Response Unit solely outside the perimeter of any organization. Providing a comprehensive offering of subscription-based interconnected modules, CTM360 protects its members from a wide array of cyber threats. By constantly evolving to the latest threat trends, CTM360 has proven to be agile and innovative within the cyber threat landscape.

For more information:
CTM360
www.ctm360.com

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