Tampa Bay's biggest public company is on the alert. Someone in cyberspace is posing as a Tech Data recruiter and trying to steal information from unsuspecting job seekers via e-mail and instant messaging.
The Clearwater IT distribution company suspects phishing scammers have reached out to potential employees offering them "work at home" opportunities with the company.
"Tech Data does not offer 'Work at Home' employment opportunities, and never conducts interviews using an instant message methodology," the company cautioned on its Web site.
The company, which employs 1,600 in Clearwater, said it first became aware of the scam in December, when it received queries from about a half-dozen candidates.
"We notified the FBI, our internal security and legal group, and found out other major corporations" were also targeted, said Jim Jutzin, director of talent acquisition.
"It's a common enough scam," said Jamz Yaneza, senior threat researcher at Trend Micro, an antivirus software company. "It's easy for the bad guys to masquerade as any big company."
People are lured by the opportunity of working from home, Yaneza said.
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