Recent security updates:
October 2014: Workopolis has recently become aware of a new scam attempt involving a fraudulent employer soliciting funds from job seekers through email communications about a job opportunity.
These fraudsters are most often found on the free classified sites, as our vigorous screening process makes it extremely difficult for them to use Workopolis. However, we remind you that legitimate employers will never ask for money up-front from job seekers and that you should never send credit card, bank account, or any financial information by email.
April 10th, 2014: There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about a serious global online-security threat known as the Heart Bleed Bug. This rendered web servers that were previously thought to be secure vulnerable to attack.
While it is a good idea to change your online passwords regularly for security reasons, we are pleased to say that your Workopolis account and information are safe. Our site was not affected by the Heart Bleed vulnerability, as we do not provide any external services through an affected security protocol.
Update June, 2012: There has once again been a phishing email claiming to come from a candidate following up on a Workopolis job
application circulating recently. Candidates cannot write to employers
with Workopolis system emails, and they cannot send links directly to their online Workopolis resumes. This email is a fake. Please be sure not
to click on the link within it and to delete it right away. See an example of the recent email fake.
UPDATE May, 2012: Some users have reported receiving an email from “firstname.lastname@example.org” advising them that their accounts have been suspended due to too many failed login attempts. There is no such email account maintained by Workopolis, and this email does not come from us. If you receive this email, do not click on the links within it. Please delete it right away.
There is also another email going around that is a phishing attempt, a virus or both. This fraudulent email contains a link to http://workopolisaccount.com/ in the subject line or body. There is no such domain hosted by Workopolis. This email does not come from us. Should you receive this email, please do not click on the link, and delete it right away.
There is also occasionally an email from a company purportedly in the UK which is looking for ’employee’ bank accounts to move money around. This is a fraudulent email, not from a legitimate Workopolis client. Do not reply to this email or interact with this company. If you receive this or any other suspicious email claiming to come from Workopolis, please report it to us right away.
See an See an example of the latest email scam circulating on the web, pretending to come from a legitimate Workopolis customer.
About Phishing Emails
Con artists sometimes try to impersonate legitimate companies to gain valuable information from unsuspecting victims. Here’s how you can protect yourself.
Phishing is a scam conducted by sending out fraudulent emails in an attempt to gather private personal information or to steal identities. This is also known as “brand spoofing” because the false emails are created to resemble communications from real companies and websites.
The term phishing comes from the fact that because these emails look like messages from known sources, they tempt the receiver to “bite.” Scam artists will send millions of emails out to random addresses knowing that some will reach targets who are actually clients of the company that they are spoofing. Unfortunately they also know that some of those unsuspecting clients will take the bait.
Recently, many major companies have been spoofed in this type of fraud. Favourites of these online scammers include banks and credit card companies but they also sometimes try career websites like Workopolis.
The fraudulent emails usually attempt to falsely gain such information as account passwords or credit card numbers. Sometimes they may even entice users to install software on their personal computers.
Keep in mind that it is relatively easy for someone to change the display of the “from” name or email address information in an email message. Therefore do not assume that an email is legitimate just because the message appears to be from a company you trust.
If you receive a suspicious email or spot a fraudulent posting on Workopolis, please let us know right away. We take the privacy and security of allof our users very seriously and strive to make Workopolis a safe and secure career management tool for everyone.
How to protect yourself:
- Use antivirus software and keep it up-to-date.
- Don’t send personal or financial information by email.
- If you receive an email or pop-up message that asks you for sensitive or financial information, do not reply. Don’t click on any hyperlinks in such messages.
- Watch out for misspelled words in emails supposedly from major companies.
- Always be careful when opening attachments or downloading files from websites and emails.
For more information, please visit the website that the RCMP has prepared for your protection.