Beware! Your information on Monster.com and Shine.com is insecure!
Yes, you heard it right! Various subscribers of Monster and Shine have received a spam email claiming to be a job offer from Maruti Suzuki’s official recruitment team.
The word document attached in the email says, “Your Resume has been selected from WWW.MONSTER.COM SHINE.COM and Database for our new plant. The Company selected 62 candidates list for Senior Engineer, IT, Administration, Production, marketing and general service Departments, It is our pleasure to inform you that your Resume was selected as one of the 62 candidates shortlisted for the interview.”
The offer letter further states that, the applicant will have his final round of interview in the New Delhi office on 27th of April, 2013 and the offer-letter along-with the air tickets for the same will be sent before the interview.
The letter asks you to send the applicants details including – Name, Address, Mobile, Sex and Age. After this, follows the statement, “You have to deposit the (Cash) as an initial amount in favor of our company accountant name in charges to collect your payment. Department. For Rs. 15,200/- (Fifteen Thousand Two Hundred rupees) through any [STATE BANK OF INDIA] OR [ICICI BANK] Branch from your Home City to our Company accountant name in charges. Account NO, which will be sending to you upon your response. This is a refundable interview security. Your offer letter with Air tickets will be sent to your Home Address by courier after receiving the confirmation of interview security deposited in any of the STATE BANK OF INDIA OR ICICI BANK.”
Considering the above written content, we called the CEO, MD of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Mr. Shinzo Nakashini from the contact no. mentioned in the footer of the document. We did not receive any details from the person who answered the call but he advised to delete the email from our inbox.
Monster’s Privacy Commitment states the following when it comes to handling your resume and database:
“Some of our products and services, such as our searchable resume database and networking, enable third parties to see your personal information and to contact you. Profile information may be used for networking with other community members or may be visible to employers who are using the Monster Sites. In addition, portions of your searchable resume (but not your contact information) may be made public in your networking profile.
We attempt to limit access to our searchable resume database to legitimate users such as paying employers, recruiters, hiring managers, headhunters and human resource professionals, as well as law enforcement and national security agencies, but cannot guarantee that other parties will not gain access to this database. We cannot control the use made of resumes by third parties who access such resumes while they are in our searchable database.
However Monster is not responsible for the retention, use, or privacy of resumes by any third parties. We cannot control the retention, use or privacy of resumes or profiles that have been downloaded by third parties. Accordingly, you should not put sensitive information, personality profiles, or other information you would not want made public, in your resume. “
These issues are often overlooked by average users and are always under the risk of their personal details being misused. There are several other sources including Monster, Shine and various other job sites, which share your database to third-party users.
The only learning from this instance that we can take home is to be cautious and not fall for the lucrative offers which stand fake along-with the tempting claims made by big brands.
You can read the offer letter here.