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ID theft risk for 'carefree' job applicants

Published: Wednesday, 12 November 2008   Category: Career Advice

Graduate jobs applicants should be cautious when applying for jobs, ensuring that their CV's are suitably protected against the risk of identity theft.

This is the claims of iProfile.org, which organised a recent experiment to demonstrate the dangers of failing to conduct research on a prospective employer.

After a fake job advertisement was placed – with the support of the relevant authorities – 107 CV's were received as part of applications for the bogus company.

Rick Bacon, chief executive officer of iProfile, said his firm had been shocked to discover how many people would pass on their personal details without conducting any research first.

He added:"Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the UK and sending your CV without first checking out where it is going or masking your personal details is akin to giving an ID fraudster your life history on a plate."

The experiment was conducted as part of an iProfile's 'Secure Your ID' campaign.

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