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Submission + - Are you a victim of knowledge rape?

An anonymous reader writes: Last night I received a call from a company posing as a job recruiter and asked about my background that they found online. They proceeded to ask me a series of specific questions in a "How does one do this?" format that related to my years of experience in the area. Thinking that this might be a potential job opportunity, I felt obligated to answer all their questions, but realized after a while that they were not really looking for a candidate but instead were unscrupulously scouring for information in gathering estimates and software resources for a project. I was a victim of knowledge rape. Unpaid for my services, I felt that I should contact an agent or a lawyer, instead I chose slashdot.

Fellow geeks, how can we protect ourselves from this kind of abuse?
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Are you a victim of knowledge rape?

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