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Security Best Practice

On these pages, you can learn more about some of the most common internet security threats, what you can do to protect yourself. This advice is generally available on the web but this is at least a good place to find it.
Common security threats
Money laundering:
Jobseekers are an increasingly common target for money laundering scam emails. Typically, these emails concern a job offer and the sender may claim to have found your details on a job site such or recruitment specialist website. They often offer job titles such as 'transaction manager' or 'accounts assistant'.
Money laundering scams usually have five key stages:
    Falling victim to a money laundering scam is not only distressing, it can also affect credit ratings and bring victims under suspicion of criminal activity.
    However, there are a number of tell-tale signs to look out for to help you spot a potential money laundering scam:

      If you're suspicious of any email you receive, contact your recruitment company including the subject line of the email you received, and the email address it was sent from.
      Phishing:
      Phishing emails are an increasingly common method used to try and gain access to personal details in order to carry out fraud or identity theft.
      Typically, a phishing email will claim to have been sent by a reputable organisation and ask that you respond to the email with your username and/or password or that you enter your sign in details over a 'secure' connection.
      Whilst phishing emails can seem very professional, there are usually a number of clues to alert you to the fraudulent nature of the emails. When reading an email claiming to be sent from your recruiter, you should always keep the following questions in mind:
        If you're suspicious of any email you receive from your recruitment company please contact them immediately with the subject line of the email, and the email address it was sent from.
        Spoofing:
        Spoofing occurs when a criminal creates an exact copy of a website in order to make a fraudulent company look legitimate. A spoofed website will usually look exactly the same as the website of a legitimate company, but with a slightly different web address (e.g., '.biz' instead of '.com' or '.co.uk'). If you're suspicious of any website you're directed to as a result of your dealings with your recruitment company, please contact your recruiter and they will investigate.
        Identity theft
        Identity theft occurs when an individual steals personal details from someone else, and uses the information to fraudulently impersonate that individual. Victims of ID theft often find that their details are used to open bank accounts and obtain credit in their name.
        Identity theft can only take place where a criminal has been able to gain access to enough personal details to create false documents in another person's name. In order to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft:
          If you suspect that you've been a victim of identity theft, you should contact the police as soon as possible. Details on how to report a fraud can be found here.
          Stay safe with SAFERjobs
          To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.
          What you can do to protect yourself
          Account security
          Online security risks can be minimised simply by ensuring that your password is always kept secure. We recommend you follow the password security advice below:
            CV security
            Uploading your CV is an important part of the jobseeking process, and could help you to be headhunted for great roles. It's important you provide enough information on your CV for recruiters to contact you
            However, in order to ensure your security online, you should never include any of the following in your CV:
              General advice
              It's always important to be mindful of your security and safety online. Look at our top 10 tips to staying safe online to make sure you're not putting yourself at risk.
                If you think you have been the victim of online fraud, we recommend you report it to Action Fraud, the national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, who will be able to advise you further.
                You can contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or visit their website for advice http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/