Sunday, May 26, 2013

A "Nigerian Prince" Wants My Help?

Nigerian Prince Email Scam
Nigerian Prince

“Greetings to you, My friend.
I know this will come as a surprise to you, because you do not know me. My name is Howgul Arhu and I’m the son of the President of Nigeria”

Does it sound all too familiar? It’s the opening line for one of the most common email money scams in the world. It’s known as the Nigerian prince, or the “419 scam” or advance fee scheme. You receive an email from a person claiming to be a Nigerian prince who wants you to aid him get his hands on his money. He just needs a little deposit from your side as proof of your goodwill! But hey, in the end he promises to reward you sizably for your help.

Let’s break down a example to the people who are not conversant with this subject matter, an email arrives in your inbox testifying that he is an Nigerian prince and his father had deceased and he is unable to claim the £180 million in cash that was under his name. If you helped him, the fake prince will offer you half the amount. You get all excited and once you reply to him email, you will be asked to send £5,000 as proof of your goodwill. Promising once the £5,000 is received, he would send you all £180 million and you could retain half and send the rest to the Prince’s account which would be sent to you in due course. This scam is a trademark of the Internet.

If you've been on the Internet for any length of time, you've probably got these types of emails and lost count of the numerous members of royalty, high level foreign representatives, diplomats, and world-class banks who had emailed you to help them move money into your country. According to recent statistics you might be stunned to realize that Americans are conned out of more than one million dollars per day on this scam alone since the 1980s.

At this point you may be thinking, “Who on earth would ever fall for this outrageous, sidesplitting and completely ludicrous scam?” Well that’s the point, the few that do fall for it will not figure it out and there are enough people that still do fall for victim on a daily basis around the globe. Well if not the scammers would not invest so much time and money in this on the first place. It occurs so recurrently that most of us wonder why the scammers even go through it. The Nigerian prince routine is so tired, so worn-out. This is exactly why the scammers still keep doing it, because complete unabridged innocent people still exists and that’s what they’re looking for. 

The world of Internet scams isn’t only frequently sprouting; it’s trusting on a range of ancient and novel approaches to keep the revenue of cash flowing in to the hands of cyber pirates. These emails scams are just a drop of water in the waste ocean of virtual scams that are happening currently. Scammers are repetitively fishing in places like Forums, message boards and even Facebook groups to make a quick buck off of unwary individuals. You may ask what’s the best way to avoid these kinds of con schemes, we’ll all I can say is there no substitute for good old fashioned common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it most probably is. Do a simple Google search when any doubtful action appears in your inbox. If it’s a scam it might appear up on forums or in blog posts of security firms. It’s also a nifty idea to explore someone you do not know who has communicated you or requested your friendship on a social network. Information, in this situation, actually is power. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Internet Could Make or Break Your Next Job Opportunity

The competition for a dream job within individuals who have similar educational qualification is worse now than ever before. As a youth in an early stage of your carrier getting the opportunity to enrich your professional skills in a reputed and dynamic organization would be a dream for many. From an organizations point of view recruiting for skilled positions is becoming increasingly competitive; they need to be increasingly creative in how they go about attracting the top personnel who are capable and most importantly fit well to their culture.
Recruiting and hiring has transformed significantly over the years and continues to evolve as technology changes. Today, companies are using a variety of methods to find and attract applicants including online job boards, social networking sites and Facebook and mobile apps. Hence, at a grass root level more and more organizations are doing web searches on a candidate prior to the interview stage, for the reason that it reveals many types of information they pursue. Currently many job seekers are not aware of the amount of information someone could collect about them on the Internet. And the time has arisen to draw a clear line on the data someone should or should not post to their own network of friends and family. With the advent of social media, companies have more information than ever on job candidates. In the past, companies strained to determine candidates through their résumés. Today, employers perform web searches on applicants, study more about them from social media, and scrutinize their work models. These searches are primarily done to map your passion for a precise subject matter and to understand how influential you are within your professional connections.
There have being instances globally, where some unconventional companies had cross ethical and legal boundaries and requested job candidates their Facebook passwords so they can examine their profiles for gray area they needed clarifications on. Currently this trend hasn't hit Asia but it’s always advisable for job seekers to well manage their social media profiles due to the following reasons.

It's constantly a good notion to keep your professional profile up to date and enhanced .If you get a new job or title change your profile to reflect it. Recruiters often use these as a way to find new candidates.

Engage with industry mavens and influences on online communities and discussion forums on topics pertaining to your professional career. This is a great way to build on your pool of contacts.

Associate with your professional acquaintances on LinkedIn. Every so often these influences could help you find your next dream job. (Having a well completed LinkedIn profile is a must in this era, because an average user on LinkedIn has about 200 professional connections)

Consequently if you are concerned in who is observing you and your online reputation, you are probably interested in finding out what is being said about you online. There could always be People spreading malicious information about you that could hamper your next big break. Therefore try the below mentioned 2 simple methods to familiarize and monitor your online reputation, as the saying goes “better safe than sorry”…

Google Alerts

Google Alerts are emails sent to you when Google finds new results -- such as web pages, newspaper articles, or blogs -- that match your search term. You can use Google Alerts to monitor anything on the Web. For example, people use Google Alerts to:
Find out what is being said about their company or product.
Monitor a developing news story.
Keep up to date on a competitor or industry.
Get the latest news on a celebrity or sports team.
Find out what's being said about you.

Here's how it works:

You enter a query that you're interested in.
Google Alerts checks regularly to see if there are new results for your query.
If there are new results, Google Alerts sends them to you in an email.

Social Mention

Social Mention is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content where it easily tracks and measures what people are saying about you, your company, a new product, or any topic across the web's social media landscape in real-time. Social Mention monitors 100+ social media properties directly including: Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google etc.