At ROMCREW.COM, we're committed to helping you find the right job in a safe and secure environment.
On this page, you can learn more about some of the most common internet security threats, what you can do to protect yourself, and what we do to ensure your details remain secure.
1.What is a Malware?
The term “Malware” is the short for “malicious software”, and refers to any software designed to damage/disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, display unwanted advertising or even extort payment. A malicious software is meant to act against/besides the requirements of the computing device user. Malware refers to a variety of forms of hostile/intrusive software such as: viruses, worms, trojans, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, etc. It is often disguised as a non-malicious file.
2.What is an Antivirus?
An anti-virus software is a program or set of programs that are designed to prevent, search for, detect, and takes action to disarm or remove software malicious software that includes: malicious browser helper objects(BHOs), browser hijackers, ransomware, key loggers, backdoors, rootkits, Trojan horses, worms, malicious LSPs, dialers,. Some products also include protection from othercomputer threats, such as infected and malicious URLs, spam, scam and phishing attacks,online identity(privacy),online banking attacks, social engineering techniques, advanced persistent threat(APT) and botnet DDoS attacks.
Make sure you have the best, up-to-date security software installed to prevent, detect and remediate malware infections on individual computing devices and IT systems.
3.What are e-mail Headers?
The content of an e-mail is always preceded by header lines. They contain information used to control the message and its transmission. Most of this information is hidden inside the email with only the most relevant or mandatory headers appearing to the user, such as subject, origin, destination and date.
It is important to know that when reading an email header every line can be forged, so only the Received: lines that are created by your service or computer should be completely trusted.
4.What is Phishing?
Phishing means sending an e-mail in an attempt to scam another user into surrendering sensitive information that will be used for identity theft. The messages may come from a trustworthy Web site and will direct the user to a fake Web site where he is asked to update private information, such as: passwords, credit card and bank account numbers.
5. How do I protect myself when looking for a job?
- These are the most important steps one should take in order to protect himself when looking for a job:
- Find out more details regarding the company that is offering the position.
If a posted job description seems vague or suspicious, search on the internet and find out the company phone number and its location. Place a call to the company and ask for more details about the posted job. Forward any suspicious job offers you received in email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Investigate the potential employer before sending any private information.
- Do not cash/wire/ship any checks or products.
If you receive an email requesting you to set up a bank account, to deposit checks or accept direct fund transfers into your own account and then wire them to another source, cease communication with the company, and contact Romcrew.com immediately.
- Do not provide sensitive personal information during the initial application process.
- Do not provide personal information like Social Security number, Drivers License number, Date of Birth, or other sensitive information that might make it easy for a fraudster to steal your identity. Our advice is that you never place this type of information on your resume. Since most companies will require your identification number when filling out an actual application, if you are asked to fill out an application online, on that employer’s website, you should make sure that the page is secure. It is entirely up to your discretion as to whether you would chose to apply online or not. You could contact the company to find out if there are other methods of application.
5.What are Work at Home Scams?
A Work at Home scam is a "job offer" claiming that the job seeker can earn lots of money easily,from the comfort of home and without any skill, knowledge, or training. Ussualy the "employer" requires an upfront payment in order to send instructions/materials/software to the candidate. Once the payment is made, the Job Seeker may receive some poor quality materials, or nothing at all. In the first case, no matter how hard the “employee” will work, he ors her will never meet the “standards” set by the “employer”. The scammers will periodicaly ask the Job Seeker to purchase a new software/materials/etc.In the second case, the Job Seeker will not receive any materials in order to start employment. He will be unable to contact the “employer” due to the lack of valid contact information provided by the Job Seeker.
6.What are Payment Processing Scams?
Scammers will deliver an employment ad via e-mail. The message will appear to have come through an online Job Board in order to appear credible, and will try to persuade an employment seeker to apply for a job such as “Finance Manager” or any other type of payment processor. Scammers will steal the personal information of the job seeker and gain access to his or her computing device through malware embedded in the email or in the HTML of a fake company web site. The “job” would require the job seeker victim to collect funds from the “company’s” "clients" and then transfer money back into another bank account. This may be conducted through Wire Transfer, Check, or even direct ACH transactions. The Job Seeker will receive a fake check via e-mail, from the “company”, as well as instructions on how to cash the checks and where to transfer the money. The job seeker victim will be instructed to wire all but a 5% to 20% commission, to various “company officers” or “authorized personnel”, and to do this by Western Union, Moneygram, or bank-to-bank transfer. The bank wires the funds immediately and, a few days later, will discover that the original check from the "employer" is fraudulent. Nevertheless scammers will try to get the victim to do this as often as possible before the scam is discovered either by the victim, the bank, or law enforcement. In the end, the "employee" will be left with a negative or frozen bank account. The bank may seek legal action against the "employee", holding him responsible for the founds. As money laundering is an illegal activity, the victim might face charges, whether they knowingly participated in the money laundering process or were tricked.
7. What are Shipping scams?
Shipping scams are similar to Payment Processing scams. Scammers will deliver an employment ad via e-mail. The message will appear to have come through an online Job Board in order to appear credible, and will try to persuade an employment seeker to apply for a job. Scammers will steal the personal information of the job seeker and gain access to his or her computing device through malware embedded in the email or in the HTML of a fake company web site. The “job” would require the Job Seeker to receive packages, such as Electronics, DVD, CD’s and other items, and then re-ship the packages overseas to another location.
8.How to recognize home work scams, payment
processing scams and shipping scams?
Here are some “red flags” :
- This scam is allways for work at home or part-time work;
- The job offer arrives unsolicitated, via email, snail mail, chat room, Instant Message, Private Message, Private Chat Room, phony company web site, posted on job web sites, posted on Help Wanted bulletin boards, posted in Classifieds (on or offline), response to posted resumes.;
- Company web site domain was recently registered.
- Company requires advance payment for materials or software. (Some legitimate companies will require a fee, however you should be very careful and fully investigate the opportunity)
- Company is selling product internationally and needs a representative to accept checks in the customer's country.
- Company requires you to receive and ship packages (normally overseas) for a commission.
- Company requires you to deposit checks/money orders or accept bank ACH transfers into a bank account and then wire the funds to another source.
- Company claims to reimburse for shipping costs or provides a carrier account number (likely set up through stolen financial information or is stolen account info from a legitimate company).
- Company cannot process the checks it receives in its own country and needs someone outside the country to process the checks on its behalf. There is no country in the world in which checks from another country cannot be cashed.
- Misspelled words, grammatical errors frequently appear in the correspondence;
- The job does not require a knowledge of proper bookkeeping and accounting requirements.
- Job description promises high income for very little time and effort; no experience necessary.
- There is no requirement that you be bonded and insured.
- Employment starts without a face to face interview.
- There is no background check performed to ensure that you are a trustworthy individual.
- Company information cannot be verified.
- There is no requirement that you be properly licensed and registered to accept their funds, account for them, and file the proper tax forms to report the income.
- There is no requirement that you open a bank account in the company's name in a local bank to receive the funds, as is proper and usual.
- Employer requires personal information without providing a detailed job description.
- Checks are made out to you instead of the company.
- Checks are made out to you without an exchange of product or service that you directly provided.
- Money are orders made out to you without an exchange of product or service that you directly provided.
- Funds that are wired into your account from a party to whom you did not directly provide your banking coordinates.
- A request by the company that you open an account in your name at a specific bank
- Any request that you transfer money you have accepted on their behalf by any means that is difficult to trace, i.e. by Western Union, PayPal, MoneyGram, Money Order, bank-to-bank to a bank in a country other than that of the hiring company, or by any other method.
- If the job sounds "too good to be true", it probably is.