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Fake Dubai government job websites taken down

Fake sites conned job seekers into paying processing fee and giving credit card details

Fake Dubai government job websites taken down
The fake job websites fooled job seekers into paying registration fees by credit card.

Cybersecurity specialist Managed reports that it has recently taken down a number of fake job advertisement sites pretending to be for a high-profile Dubai government agency.

The websites aimed to attract expatriate job-seekers and to get them to pay a processing fee, of AED150-500 ($40-136) to register. The site also had users register their credit card details to pay the fee, so that card details could be stolen.

The fake sites were detected using Managed’s BrandHawk Alpha social media and online threat assessment service. The proprietary BrandHawk Alpha system was used to conduct a comprehensive search of the online domain space, using parameters that were developed in a joint partnership with the IT and Marketing department of the organisation. The BrandHawk system tapped into the leading search engines as well as its internal search algorithms to find several sites that had fake job postings.

The company, which specialises in Online Threat Management, Brand Abuse Monitoring and Managed Cyber Security Services, shared the discovered sites with the organisation’s project team and then proceeded to work with the domain hosting companies, ISPs and domain registrars to take down these fraudulent sites.

Managed warned that many of these fake job sites have implemented excellent search engine optimisation and have a lot of relevant keywords and content, so that they get top positioning when someone searches for jobs online. Many times they are placed much higher in search engine ranking than the actual organisation’s career page.

The BrandHawk Alpha service can be accessed as either a periodic solution or as a continuous service, which compiles a complete audit and archive of all the relevant information about an organiation, its management, its brand and its employees on social media, online blogs, Darknet and other online platforms. A detailed analysis of the findings and the threat level includes information about the risks and recommendation on risk mitigation.

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