Recruitment Fraud: What to look out for

Fraudsters are targeting job-seekers more than ever before, as experts predict that 10% of British job seekers have been scammed by recruitment cons in the past. It’s vital to exercise caution and remain vigilant when job seeking to avoid scams.

Do Your Research

Researching Recruitment companies on the internet is a good first step to avoid scams. Websites offer a good first impression, as a well-made site is more trustworthy than a broken one. Companies part of an industry organisation, such as REC are more trustworthy.

Cash and Upfront costs

Fraudsters can coax people in to paying upfront cash for non-existent security checks. It’s important to note that there are costs associated with getting background checks done through reputable companies, although prices should not exceed £100. Cash dealings are to be avoided too, as they are commonly associated with illicit behaviour. Stay clear of any upfront costs when applying for jobs as these fees are typically a sign of malicious activity.

The Importance of Interviews

Trustworthy recruitment companies will ask you for a phone or face-to-face interview before sending jobs your way.
Always make sure you have had an interview before considering any job offers.

Unrealistically High Salaries and the Perfect Jobs

Fraudulent companies entice job-seekers with vacancies that offer high salaries and unbelievable benefits. These vacancies are often fake, and use big brand names to seem genuine.
Always stay sceptical when offered a job that ticks all of your boxes. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember to keep in mind your experience and skill-set too when receiving job offers.

Calling Premium Numbers

Scammers are tricking job-seekers in to phoning premium-rate numbers, conning people out of large sums of money over the duration of a 30-minute phone interview. You can always check existing premium-rate numbers with your phone provider if you’re concerned. Alternatively, requesting a face-to-face interview is an option in most cases.

Personal details

Phoney recruitment companies may ask for personal details such as banking credentials. Sharing these details can compromise the security of your bank account and lead to fraud. It’s imperative to exercise caution with the details you’re sharing with organisations, remembering to be wary of what you’re sharing. If you’re ever unsure, raise concerns with the company or visit Action Fraud for further advice.

Have you spotted a fraudulent recruitment company or been a victim of a scam? Visit Action Fraud or cifas for further guidance.

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