Job Scams – be aware!

In most of daily life we have to be on our guard against scams – whether it’s paying for goods and having our card details stolen or someone trying to deceive us into giving our banking details! Job search is no exception to scams and this week it has been highlighted again that recruitment fraud is on the rise!

Here is what we have found out about the type of scams being used by fraudsters.

Out of the blue job offer:

Being contacted unexpectedly is quite a common approach. Picture the scene: You’ve been applying for lots of jobs and lost track of who you have applied to, so when a call comes in out of the blue then you might be fooled into thinking it’s a real job offer. The easiest way to check is to keep track of the companies you have applied to! Failing that, you could check if the company has a website or a Facebook or Twitter account. Some fraudsters will create a fake website to convince you they are real, but there is still a way around that if you are suspicious! You could use Safer Jobs  to report your suspicions.

Spelling and grammar mistakes:

You wouldn’t expect a legitimate job to have any spelling of grammar mistakes would you? Obviously the odd error will slip through, scams might have some common errors, such as repeated spelling mistakes or the text is very badly written that you may suspect it has been translated to English using google translate

Receiving an immediate job offer:

If you are offered a job without attending an interview then this is another indication that all might not add up. Hiring a new member of staff takes time and meeting a candidate face to face is an important part of the whole process. If an employer offers you the role after speaking to you on the phone then you it would be wise to do a few checks.

Never part with money:

Some scammers are cashing in by asking you to pay a securing fee to take the job off the market or ask you for money up front to complete background checks or secure some training that you need to do. Professional organisations and companies would not ask you for money up front. Be wary of this and if in doubt do a check. There might be occasions that you would be asked to pay for a background check but it is unusual to ask for money before you are given an interview.

Other common methods:

It should go without saying at this stage that you should not give your bank details to anyone you don’t know. A genuine job would ask you for bank details when you start work as part of your induction, not at the recruitment stage

Contact email addresses are personal ones rather than a company email

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!

Maybe you are asked to make a decision straight away – again then should get some alarm bells ringing

Contact telephone numbers are ones you do not recognise. Maybe the area code is unfamiliar for a job in your area. Maybe it’s a premium line which will be very costly

Maybe they are overly friendly and relaxed

You can find out more here:

https://www.safer-jobs.com/

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/call-for-more-industry-action-to-stop-recruitment-fraud

Thanks for reading and have a good week.

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