Sunday 22 March 2009

Criminals target websites to copy CVs

Employers are being warned to look out for criminals using cloned career histories culled from social networking websites to get jobs with the aim of committing fraud.

Research by information services company Experian last year showed insider fraud is a growing threat. The figures show employees were involved in fraud cases where companies allegedly lost £228m in 2008, compared with £81m in 2007.

A survey of professionals using social networking sites found that 63pc of them put career details in their personal profiles, with one in 10 posting their entire CV.

Avis Easteal, general manager of Experian Background Checking, said: "Today no one can accept a CV on face value."

PricewaterhouseCoopers added to the warnings by charting how the nature of frauds will change as the recession progresses, highlighting the dangers of data theft and growing numbers of rogue traders.

Source: Telegraph

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