About StepStone
StepStone is one of the most visited online job boards in Germany and was awarded the most popular career website of the year from 2008 to 2013. With 10.7 million visits monthly, the offer of StepStone provides the highest reach within its competitive environment in Germany (January 2014). StepStone is probably the best place to find the right and appropriate staff. Founded in 1996, StepStone is one of the pioneers in online recruitment, counting today more than 20,000 customers.

Security

StepStone’s mission is on the one hand to assist jobseekers in finding a position that they truly fit and on the other to help companies find talented candidates. In each case confidence is of the utmost importance. This is why StepStone does all it can to protect your private information 100% and to ensure that the information you place on our site is only used for StepStone’s services. For more information on this subject, please refer to our Privacy Statement and to our Disclaimer.

As an internet user, you take decisions everyday that effect your level of security. Here are some tips to help keep your personal information safe:

  • if you receive a suspicious e-mail, for example from someone asking you to enter your StepStone information on another site, do not do so and do not reply.
  • StepStone will never ask candidates for bank account details.
  • Please note that upon forwarding your personal information to a third party, we are not responsible for the use of the data by such third parties. A job listing could be published by a company or individual that might use your personal data for purposes other than that intended. We cannot control this.  You should therefore check the identity of any third party to whom you send your personal data. For example, you should never send personal data to a private email address.
  • You should not to supply a recruiter with certain sensitive data, even if they request this. Such sensitive data would include (but is not limited to) your personal ID number, social security number, credit card number and banking details.
  • Never give your password to another person.
  • Don’t automatically download files that are presented to you. Only do so if it’s necessary and you are certain that the source is legitimate.
  • Be extra careful when dealing with companies abroad.


If you see anything strange on our site or in our e-mails, don’t hesitate to contact us on (0)211 – 93 4 93 – 0 or by e-mail at info@stepstone.de

Glossary

Scam – A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark or victim) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. The confidence trickster, con man, scam artist, con artist or scammer often works with an accomplice called the shill, who tries to encourage the mark by pretending to believe the trickster.

Phishing – is the act of sending an email that is designed to trick the recipient into believing that it is from an established legitimate business, in an attempt to scam the recipient into providing personal information that will be used for identity theft. When the recipient clicks on links in the email, it sends the recipient to a website where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The website, however, is fake and set up only to steal the recipient’s information. For example, there have been phishing scams targeting Bank of America, Pay Pal and eBay. The eBay scam claimed that the user’s account was about to be suspended unless he clicked on the provided link and updated his credit card information.

Personal Information – Information that can identify you, like your bank and credit card account numbers; your income; your Social Security number (SSN); or your name, address, and phone numbers.

Fraud – a scam meant to cheat victims out of the fair settlement of an agreement by misleading and misrepresenting the facts, method or outcome, with no intent to fulfill the agreement. 

Money Laundering – the “cleaning of money” with regard to appearances in law, is the practice of engaging in specific financial transactions in order to conceal the identity, source and/or destination of money and is a main operation of underground economy. In the past, the term “money laundering” was applied only to financial transactions related to organized crime. Today its definition is often expanded by government regulators (such as the United States Office of the Controller of the Currency) to encompass any financial transaction which generates an asset or a value as the result of an illegal act, which may involve actions such as tax evasion or false accounting. As a result, the illegal activity of money laundering is now recognized as potentially practiced by individuals, small and large businesses, corrupt officials, members of organized crime (such as drug dealers or the Mafia) or of cults, and even corrupt states, through a complex network of shell companies and trusts based in offshore tax havens.

Source: Consumer Fraud Reporting

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