Jobseekers being warned to look out for red flags of fraudsters impersonating recruiters to trick victims out of thousands of pounds.
Finding a new employment role is never an easy task – writing CVs, filling out application forms and going through a nerve-wracking interview process.
But those looking for a new career need to be on high alert for scammers who want to take advantage (and it’s why you should make sure to search on a prestigious and reputable platform like Working Dads where you can trust the jobs being advertised).
Fraud experts at CEL Solicitors are highlighting a new type of scam in which contact is made via SMS, WhatsApp or email by fraudsters claiming to be from a recruitment agency.
Paul Hampson, CEO of CEL Solicitors, says, “Our team is seeing an increase in employment scams where would-be employees are losing thousands of pounds.
“We’ve seen the scams play out in a number of ways, but one scenario is applicants being asked to pay fees for admin or other arrangements being taken care of. Sometimes victims have given up their previous employment in preparation for the new opportunity.”
Hampson continues, “Even if you’ve sent a few job applications off to different organisations, or if you’re waiting for someone to get in touch with you regarding an application, check who your message or phone call is coming from. Have a look at the company they’re claiming to be from. Have you applied there? You should also check the company’s email addresses or number against the one you’ve been contacted by.”
Often scammers have set up websites which appear legitimate, but pay close attention to the language and words used.
“Poor spelling and grammar can be a sign that it’s a scam. Overly persuasive or ‘pushy’ language can also be a red flag,” says Hampson.
“And if they are asking for money, stop and think. Consult a friend. Would a job want you to pay money to work there?
“If you can’t get the money you’ve lost back yourself, seek legal support. We understand it’s difficult to open up after falling for a scam but it’s the best course of action.”