Riot Games, the video gaming behemoth, has been dealing with a scam since at least the beginning of 2020 that is gradually ensnaring businesses and job seekers alike.
Scammers “took an extended, organised, and highly sophisticated deception scheme” to attract enthusiastic professionals into turning over sensitive information by dangling phoney job advertising and interviews with fake human resources staff, according to a lawsuit filed in November.
There have been similar scams reported by Biogen, Vox Media, Harvard University, and a number of other organisations.
Since 2019, these scams have cost victims an average of $3,000, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which issued a warning on Tuesday. Fraudulent job postings can be made with ease thanks to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
On an undisclosed recruiting website, the FBI reported that security requirements were lacking enough for any user to put up a fake advertisement next to real ones on an official corporate page.
False job postings include links and contact information that lead candidates to counterfeit websites, email addresses and phone numbers controlled by scammers, where personal information about applicants can be stolen and sold or used in future scams, according to the notice. There are instances where scammers impersonate current or former workers of a business so that the job postings appear more legitimate. “
Recruiting sites say they halt millions of scams every year, even though it’s difficult to estimate the size of the problem. Between January and June of this year, LinkedIn eliminated 232,000 spam and scam material reports from members, an increase from 198,500 in the same period last year and 104,600 last year, according to the company’s most recent transparency report. Spam content and frauds aren’t differentiated by LinkedIn’s reporting tool.
It is simpler to fool people through text or phone-based interviews rather than face-to-face meetings because many fraudulent job offers are for work at home employment, according to the FBI. This scam has also been made easier and more lucrative by the rise of third-party recruiting sites and tools that make it easier to fake companies and conduct phoney interviews, according to a prior public service announcement.