- Fictitious job posts leading to fraud or identity theft.
- Phishing emails enticing you to visit fraudulent websites.
- Premium rate telephone scams tricking people into believing it's a job interview.
- Fraudulent work at home schemes where you are not reimbursed for work done, or liable for expenses incurred such as postage and phone calls.
- Being tricked into paying money up front in exchange for the possibility of employment.
- Being tricked into paying money up front for non-existent police or other security checks.
- Resume writing scams where you are asked to pay to improve your resume in order to get a job.
- Unwitting participation in criminal activity.
- Divulging personal or financial information in online application forms and profiles.
- Divulging personal or financial information on your resume.
- Criminals hacking into your account.
- Unwittingly notifying your current employer that you are looking for a new job.
- Your personal safety being compromised by bogus potential employers.
- Exposure to viruses and spyware.
Safe Job Site Registration
Never divulge private information such as your National Insurance number, driver's licence number, bank account information, credit card information, passport number or date of birth.
Avoiding Money Laundering
Some money laundering activities are perpetrated via criminals using other people’s personal bank accounts to move stolen money. Never divulge personal bank account details until you have been successful in your application, and are satisfied that your employer is legitimate.
If you receive an email claiming to be from a potential employer who has seen your resume on a job site, take care when clicking on links and ensure they go to a legitimate job posting.
Work at Home Schemes
Work at home schemes are a favourite vehicle for fraudsters. Be particularly wary of envelope-stuffing, assembly work and medical billing or claims processing work. Legitimate work-at-home employers should be willing and able to answer a variety of questions about their programmes. Here are some questions to ask:
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