Your security on jobherald.net
At jobherald.net, we're committed to helping you find the right job in a safe and secure
On these pages, 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
Common security threats
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 as
jobherald.net. They often offer job titles such as 'transaction manager' or 'accounts
Money laundering scams usually have five key stages:
- A jobseeker responds to a fake email job offer
- The jobseeker is asked for their bank details
- A cheque is paid into the jobseeker's bank account
- The jobseeker is instructed to transfer a portion of the funds into another account (often via a
money transfer service, such as Western Union or Moneygram) and keep the remainder as their
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:
- Are you being offered an opportunity to work from home? Usually, this type of
scam email includes the offer of a great opportunity to work from home as a transaction
processor or similar.
- Is the salary offered realistic? Usually, the fake jobs being offered in this
type of scam offer an unrealistically high salary.
- Are you being asked for bank details? Money laundering scammers will ask you
for your bank details. You should never give these out to a company you don't completely
- Do you have a personal contact? In most money laundering scams, communication
will be carried out entirely over email and/or instant messaging, with no telephone or face to
- Are there spelling and grammar mistakes in the email? Money laundering scam
emails often originate from outside the UK and spelling and grammar mistakes are common.
If you're suspicious of any email you receive, please contact us including the subject line of the email
you received, and the email address it was sent from.
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
- Never give out sensitive personal information such as your bank details, date of birth, National
Insurance number or a copy of your passport in relation to an email
- Look out for spelling and grammar mistakes in emails you receive
- Never give out your sign in details in response to an email
If you suspect that you've been a victim of identity theft, you should contact the police as
soon as possible.
What you can do to protect yourself
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:
- Always use a password which is personal and does not contain your name, email address or the
- Ensure your password contains both letters and numbers
- Never give your password out to anyone - we will never ask you for your password
- Change your password at least once every three months
- Take a moment to memorise your password so you don't need to write it down
- Try and use a different password for each different website you use
Uploading your CV to jobherald.net 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:
- National Insurance number
- Driving license number
- Bank details
- Credit card details
- Date of birth
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 it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Be wary of offers for jobs
paying a high salary for working from home.
- Never provide personal details when looking for a job. There's no need for
a recruiter to request your bank details before you've been through the interview process
and been offered a role.
- Never agree to process funds through your personal bank account on behalf of a
company. Any legitimate company will have corporate accounts, so would never ask you to
- Never provide your personal details over a non-secure connection. If you're
being asked to enter sign in details, look for the “https://” at the beginning of the website
- Don't put personal information on your CV. Recruiters don't need to
see your date of birth or NI number on your CV.
- Look out for bad spelling and grammar. Email scams often originate from outside
the UK so may not contain perfect English.
- Never provide your username and password in an email purporting to be from
reed.co.uk. We'll never ask you to provide this information in an email.
- Be wary of recruiters with no personal contact. It's very unlikely that a
recruiter would offer you a job without a telephone and/or face to face interview.
- Keep your password secure and up-to-date. Passwords should be changed at least
once every three months and shouldn't contain your name, email address or the word 'password'.
- If in doubt, report it. If you're suspicious about any contact you receive
related to jobherald.net, contact us and our Customer Support Team will investigate.