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Old 07-25-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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I put mine in as well.
123-45-6789

I'll be more than happy to give it to your hiring manager in their office when I'm there for the background check/signing the contract.

I have an email called "MISTERPICKLES@hotmail.com" to register to online sites, (not job sites,) but places that require an email address for whatever reason.

With the phone number (123) 456-7890
Thanks Mr. Pickles...

I wasn't registering on an online site. I filled out an application for employment on a major American company's "Secure" website.

The only way the "spammer" would know that I'd applied for employment with that company (as they indicated in the email) is if they really were accessing the information on the company's website....

As I mentioned earlier, I spoke with a representative of the company today and learned that the company is aware of the issue and has had other complaints so it's not just me that has received these emails.

It's unfortunate that there are so many experts on this forum that assume that I'm somehow to blame.

Last edited by World Citizen; 07-25-2010 at 02:42 PM..
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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Ugh, I'm sorry this happened to you. It bothers me so much that I have to give out this information when I apply to jobs....I hate thinking about all the people that may have access to my ss#. But you're absolutely right that most companies require you to fill out an online application, and the application won't be accepted unless all the information is completed. I think it's wrong that companies require this information until they are about to perform a background check (i.e., only if you will be hired). But what is a candidate to do who needs a job??
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I applied for a job with a company a few months ago. This morning, I got the email that I posted from someone who says they reviewed my application from that company's website.

I've just learned that this company is aware of the breach of their website. I'm NOT the only person who's received these emails or whose information has been compromised.

They are apparently aware that their website was not secure.

I've just been on the FTC's site and plan to file a complaint today.

Information Compromised - Deter. Detect. Defend. Avoid ID Theft

I'm going to sign up with Lifelock. It seems to me that the company whose website was not secure should be paying for this service.

I've got other things to do today on my day off. I'm really angry.
I don't blame you for being upset. This is precisely why I avoid putting my SSN on applications and fortunately, most companies have ceased the habit of requesting it. Unfortunately, many government agencies still solicit the SSN and will not process your application unless one is provided. Times are changing and companies need to quit asking for it unless a job offer is pending and they need it for a background check.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:02 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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So if the company decides to contact you, but won't do it by email you lose the job.

I've gotten 2 rejection letters stating that it was because I put a fake SSN in. I did 111-11-#### (the last 4 were real). You have no choice if you want to work.
This is the sad reality for job seekers, especially if they want to work for our backwards government.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:53 PM
 
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I just checked my email and found an unsolitcited email from what was obviously a foreign source.



I have resented that companies are forcing us to apply online. Many companies ONLY accept online applications these days.

I KNEW this was going to happen. And, how many others has it happened to already?

Obviously, this means that this foreign entity already has all of my personal information...

Now what do I do to stop them from using it?

Has anyone else had this experience?
OP the above job is for you to ship stolen merchandise purchased with stolen credit card numbers. You also cash fake money orders and send them money back.

How did they get your info ? Well, they cut and paste logos onto letterheads and wallah - ! They are Ford or Chevron , like magic..

Did you go to an authorized encrypted job site to apply for your jobs ? And I mean ALL jobs. It is also possible you went to a viable web site and your information was sold or stolen from inside employees.

It can ALSO be things not related to employment sites. Did you order anything on line ? Did you fill out any forms online for anything ? They can get your info and just send out feeder emails to see if you will bite.

Its also possible that this was a random scam letter..
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:57 PM
 
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I don't like the fact that an employer I recently applied for wanted my consent for background and credit checks as part of the online application process.

In my opinion, this should be information they would get your consent for AFTER THEY HAVE OFFERED YOU A JOB, as a final condition of your employment.
I hope to God you did not give them consent to do a background/credit check.

The best way is go to the JOB SITE and provide that type of sensitive information.

If that is not possible make sure it is a SAFE encrypted site that is valid and NOT from a random email that asks this kind of information .
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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I applied for a job with a company a few months ago. This morning, I got the email that I posted from someone who says they reviewed my application from that company's website.

I've just learned that this company is aware of the breach of their website. I'm NOT the only person who's received these emails or whose information has been compromised.

They are apparently aware that their website was not secure.

I've just been on the FTC's site and plan to file a complaint today.

Information Compromised - Deter. Detect. Defend. Avoid ID Theft

I'm going to sign up with Lifelock. It seems to me that the company whose website was not secure should be paying for this service.

I've got other things to do today on my day off. I'm really angry.
LIFELOCK is run by former criminal.

Please type in Google everything you can about LifeLock.

DO NOT go with them. LifeLock sued for $ 12 million dollars for Deceptive business practice...
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:05 PM
 
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I can't stand these long online applications employers now require you to complete. Those that really bug me are the ones where you upload your resume and then on the next few pages you are still required to fill in your employment and education information. I completed my application for a very large and well known company and they actually required me to put in my social security #! Several of them do that and it baffles me as to why they need all of this info when the odds of them actually checking it and calling me in for an interview is slim to none? I have only gotten solicitation emails like the one the OP when I had my resume on HotJobs or Careerbuilder and the scams are insane. I even had someone using a fake Nike email address email me about a supposed job she had that I was perfect for and all I needed to do was click on a link to obtain my credit report and do a background check and after that cleared she'd provide my start date. Although I quickly did the research to find out if this person even existed at Nike, I kept wondering how many poor, desperate, jobless, individuals got taken advantage of with this scam.
Two Reasons for the Credit Check :

1. To steal your information

2. To sell you a supposedly free credit report. HUGE SCAM.

They are infiltrating job sites because people are desperate for work.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:08 PM
 
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Well there's the difference between you and I. I would NEVER post my SS# or birthdate on any website for any reason. And neither would I put that information which you term as "typical" on a job application whether online or at a company's physical site.

I'm sorry, I was trying to be helpful.
Actually on a legit site I typed 000-00-0000 and it would not accept it. They have their reasons but your ap is not complete without it. Catch 22...
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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I've never posted my resume on Career Builder or HOt Jobs for that reason.

The closest I've ever come is allowing my resume to be viewed by potential employers through the State Employment Service... and in only a few weeks I was receiving hang up calls and ended up changing my phone number.

If you read the email I received, it's obviously from a foreign company. Poor grammar, etc.

I love the line "If you don't have a bank account we'll be happy to help you set up one"...
Have you ever filled out an on-line loan application or an on-line payday loan company ap ?
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