Rise in reported scams
In 2022 there has been a rise in reported scams in the recruitment industry and examples of fraud. Fraudsters are capitalising on the cost of living crisis by approaching unsuspecting victims with promises of highly paid work.
Initial contact is often made via text message, WhatsApp or Telegram with the scammer impersonating a recruiter and offering a fake job. Their objective is to trick you into sharing your personal information and handing over money.
Reputable recruitment agencies do not approach candidates in this manner. It’s advisable not to respond to these kind of messages, follow any links or share any personal information such as your CV and financial details.
Please note JS Recruitment will never request payment from candidates and all our email correspondence will come from the official JS Recruitment domain: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to spot a scam
Recruitment scams aren’t always obvious.
Consumer champions Which? have come up with a list of giveaways which can help you to spot a a scam:
- It’s a message that you weren’t expecting.
- It comes from a number or email address you don’t recognise.
- It contains a link – it’s best to avoid clicking on links in messages in case they contain malware that could be installed on your device.
- It offers unrealistic salaries or working arrangements – if it’s too good to be true then it probably is.
- You’re being asked for money or personal details, such as your CV.
- The advert is poorly written and contains spelling errors.
Reporting a scam
If you think you may have been the victim of fraud or cybercrime and incurred a financial loss or have been hacked as a result of responding to a phishing message, you should report this to Action Fraud.
Reports can help Action Fraud to act quickly, protecting more people from being affected.