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Online resume sites lead to new phishing scam

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The online news site USA Voice isn't going to win any kudos from media critics. Not for its top story Monday, "Super Bowl Ads Don't Live Up to the Hype." And not for its Fox News-style slogan, "USA Voice: Honest and Unfiltered."

As a phishing scheme, however, privacy experts say it's a winner.

The Web site for the "world's fastest growing news organization" looked good enough to fool Katherine Brinton, an aspiring journalist in Philadelphia. After posting her r?sum? on Monster.com nine months ago, the 23-year old received an e-mail from USA Voice in November that said it was looking for reporters with "excellent writing skills" and an "innate ability to find the truth."

Brinton filled out an online application with her name, address and telephone number. But instead of job offers, she began receiving a stream of unsolicited e-mails hawking Viagra, payday loans and penny stocks.

"I felt like I was being scammed," she said.

Brinton fell victim to a sophisticated phishing scam, which, in recent months, targeted thousands of job seekers on such popular Web sites as Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com. Phishers send out seemingly legitimate e-mail in an attempt to get people to reply with personal information then used in a variety of scams.

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Hm, Katherine Brinton was lucky to only have started receiving these kind of emails after posting on a job website. I seem to get them from anyone and everyone, Viagra, [bleep] enlargement pills, breast enlargements and always around 30 a day in my hotmail account, emails with titles such as saying it's from "an3l4" with tites such as "w4nt fr33 p0rn?!" - [bleep] hotmail.
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