Fake job scam now speaks Spanish

Scams promising fake jobs at large companies continue to be run en masse by cybercriminals. Now, however, they speak Spanish and can use different ways of spelling the names of large companies to avoid detection by anti-spam software, although the ultimate goal is always to get commissions by registering interested parties.

Project Amazon is once again the bait for victims, in a category of fraud that seems to be getting ready to spread in Latin America. However, here it is called “proyeto amaz0n”, while the high salary for short working hours remains. In the sample he saw Canaltechwould be from 1,000 to 6,380 pesos per working day, while the promise of payouts is from 10 to 20 minutes of dedication using only a smartphone.

Brazilian users may be fooled by job postings in Spanish with misspelled company names, as a possible way to avoid detection by anti-spam mechanisms (Image: Screenshot/Canaltech)

Several Latin American countries, such as Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay and Cuba, use the peso as their currency, making it difficult to know exactly where the blow is aimed. Brazilians, however, are still the target, with the Angolan number used for the first contact and the second with the UK DDI automatically answering Portuguese interested contacts.

In this second phase, the fraudsters start speaking on behalf of a company called NeweggMall, which has nothing to do with the American online retailer. The promise is, again, high earnings for part-time work, with an income of 800 to 1500 R$ per day, while 20 to 100 R$ can be obtained with just 10 minutes of dedication. The explanation is vague, while questions for more details always get a hint to access the website and register on the platform.

Vague explanations and the promise of high values ​​are the lure that leads the user to register, which generates a commission for criminals and can lead victims to fall for new scams (Image: Screenshot/Canaltech)

The difference in the language at the end is one of the only differences in this new variation of the shot, which is covered Canaltech since the beginning of the year. Faced with an economic crisis and high unemployment rates, with an increasing number of workers working from home, job offers at large retailers serve as a lure to sign up for dubious e-commerce sites, with the person responsible for sending the links receiving a commission.

The idea that the worker would help e-commerce sites sell more goes with the new commission offer, with product bundles that actually hide payment codes through Pix. The idea is, again, that when paying the compensation, the employee receives a percentage of the executed orders, which in reality do not exist.

However, by the time this report was published, the fake website mentioned in the WhatsApp conversation had already gone down and the said registration could no longer be carried out. However, as we well know, it is only a matter of time before the new infrastructure is erected and the messages will once again be disseminated en masse.

How to avoid scams with job vacancies?

Job offers of this type do not usually arrive randomly via text messages. As a rule, in selection processes, a person interested in a vacant position initiates the procedure from employment websites or official company domains. Distrust of demands is, therefore, the first step in protecting yourself.

Be wary of vague explanations or explanations that seem automated, without direct answers to questions. The use of alternatives to official company names, such as Amaz0n or Magazine Luiza, for example, are also indicators of fraud, as well as earnings that are considered high for a short working day.

It is ideal not to click on links, complete registrations or download applications from links received in a direct message. Also, be wary of phone calls, e-mails and advertisements offering work under these conditions, and if you suspect the offer is genuine, look for official ways to contact companies and express interest in vacancies.

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