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Throwback Thursday: Best WAH Content of the Last Week

TBT Best WAH Content

Around the net, Thursdays have been the day to share old photos in what’s known as Throwback Thursdays. I thought I’d adopt that theme and share previously posted content from WAHS and around the web that is still news, noteworthy or important for you to know. So if you missed it, here are some articles you don’t want to miss:

Scam Alert: Job Email from “Careerbuilder”

How a Personal Brand Can Help You Get Hired

Why Your Website Isn’t Making Money and What To Do About It!

Market Your Business on Pinterest

Things to Consider Before Telecommuting



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Scam Alert: Job Email from “CareerBuilder”

Work-At-Home Success Scam Alert

I received this email about a “job” that on first glance appears to be from CareerBuilder. However, red flags always go up when I receive an email about a job and upon closer investigation, I can say this email is a scam or possibly worse, a way to hijack your computer. Here’s why:


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1)  It’s to “undisclosed recipients”.  This means it’s bulk mailed to thousands of people. No company is going to bulk mail thousands of people with a job offer or announcement.

2) What is a secret consumer? I’m guessing it’s mystery shopping, but the fact that it doesn’t use that term suggests to me that this email isn’t from the United States.

3) It has an attachment. Always be suspicious of attachments, even from people and companies you know unless you’re expecting it. Obviously I didn’t open the attachment, but I suspect it’s some sort of script to hijack my machine and/or get access to information that would allow identity theft.

4) Although the email says from “jobs@careerbuilder.com”, taking a look at the email headers, we can can that CareerBuilder’s email is being spoofed.

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Tracing the IP address of 78.46.124.177, I find that it’s located in Germany. And if you look at the bottom, it says that “78.46.124.177 is not allowed to send mail from careerbuilder.com.” Plus you’ll see that it passed through a variety of servers (127.0.0.1 is in Sweden and 212.227.94.60 is in Germany). My email gets spoofed all the time, which makes me crazy! Scammers use well-known names (i.e. CareerBuilder, The Red Cross, etc) in hopes you’ll be tricked into a false sense of security. After all, you trust these companies.

What’s important for you to understand and remember is that the odds of you getting a legitimate job offer or announcement in your email is practically nil. It’s so unlikely that you should be suspicious of any email about a job you get. Employers don’t have to send out bulk email or search job databases to find employees because they’re already inundated with applications. If you get an email from CareerBuilder or any other job site, log into your account to get information (don’t click on links in these types of email either). Even then, be careful as scammers will contact you through job search sites.

The only time you should consider an email about a job is from an employer you applied to. That email should be directed specifically to you by name and be clear that it’s related to a specific job you applied to. Any time you apply to a job, keep a list of the name and job title so you can refer to it to make sure the email is legitimate.



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