Beware Recruitment Scams

Beware Recruitment Scams


Beware the recruitment scams

Unfortunately, in modern society there are a number of people seeking to trick us out of our hard-earned money, using various deceptive practices.

Jobseekers need to note carefully some of the recruitment-related scams which fraudsters might use.

If you are looking for a job, it is likely that you have posted your CV in a number of different places on the internet. Companies with vacancies and recruitment agencies may therefore contact you saying they have seen your details online, and that they think you may be suitable for a particular role. The vast majority of companies contacting you in this way will be perfectly genuine.

When alarm bells should start to ring is when a company contacts you with an offer of employment without previously having interviewed you or communicated with you in any way. This may simply be ruse to obtain your bank account details and then steal money from the account, and there will not actually be a job on offer at all.

A number of fraudsters also use offers of self-employment and freelance or contract work as ways of scamming you. These swindles can be harder to detect, as legitimate freelance work is sometimes offered without a face-to-face meeting between the two parties.

What should be suspicious though is anyone who asks you to pay money upfront before starting a work assignment – after all if you are doing the work, you are the one who is supposed to receive remuneration, not pay it. This type of scam may ask you to pay fees for training, work tools and equipment, or ‘accreditation’ and ‘processing’ fees. Again, there is no actual work on offer and the fraudster simply pockets the payments you have made and disappears.

Beware also of messages that ask you to call a premium rate phone number for a telephone interview. You may be kept waiting on the phone for a very long time as your bill racks up.

Another sign that the person offering work may be a scammer is that their email looks unprofessional – does it come from a personal email address rather than a work one? There may be no company contact details in the message, and the text may be written in poor English.

You should not provide your bank account details to any company until they have sent you a formal written offer of employment. The only exception to this might be if you were asked to provide account details to an agency who would then undertake to find you temporary work.

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