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One warning sign is that they're not using corporate domain e-mail addresses. Generally, when dealing with a company, the reply-to e-mail addresses should be corporate domain e-mail addresses, not free internet e-mail accounts.
Getting someone's basic information, like Date of Birth, address, Passport or Social Security numbers are the first steps to stealing their identity. Anyone asking for such information in an UNSOLICITED e-mail, whether it is for a bank transfer (nigerian scams), for supposed employment (like the example above), or something else, should be a huge warning sign.
Unfortunately, a lot of job listing sites don't do a very good job of vetting the people posting job openings, and they are a fertile ground for scammers.
When I get back to my office, I can post a few good examples of scam e-mails and what to look for.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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