You are here: Home - Money Tips -

How to spot a job scam advert

0
Written by: Emma Lunn
23/11/2021
The government warns that job scams are on the rise with seasonal job scams up 88% in 2020 compared to 2019.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has been working with JobsAware and Cifas to understand the impact of scams, and how to avoid being scammed. It says that job scams are predicted to increase again this year, so it’s important to remain vigilant and familiarise yourself with the signs of a potential job scam or fraudulent job advert.

How to spot a job scam

Jobseekers should be wary of a number of things when it comes to job scams. These include:

  • Illegitimate companies or contact details
  • Poorly-written job adverts
  • Suspicious contact details
  • Unrealistic salaries
  • Job offers without an interview
  • Being asked for money

One person who reported a job scam to DBS was asked to pay for a DBS check as part of the process. But after paying for the check, communication stopped, and they realised they had been the victim of a scam.

Another jobseeker came across a job on an online job board, and as part of the application, provided her name, address, and a variety of scanned documents. She was then asked for money, and when she refused, communication stopped.

Identity fraud

Alongside raising awareness of signs of potential scams, the DBS has also looked at how information collected as part of a job scam can be used by scammers. It warned that people fooled by job scams could become victims of identity fraud.

Cifas members recorded almost 158,000 cases of identity fraud in the first nine months of 2021, an increase of 17% compared to 2020, and equivalent to one person every 2.5 minutes.

Mike Haley, Cifas CEO, said: “The pandemic created numerous opportunities for criminals to steal victims’ personal and financial details, including through fake online job adverts. Personal information is extremely valuable to criminals as they can use a victim’s details to impersonate them and apply for products and services such as bank accounts, loans, and credit cards.

“Always take a moment to stop and think before handing over your personal or financial information, or when sharing documents such as a passport, driving licence, or bank statement.”

What to do if you think you have fallen victim to a job scam

If you suspect you have been targeted, or have been the victim of a job scam, there are a number of ways to report this, including via the JobsAware portal. They will investigate and take further action if necessary.

If you have parted with money as part of a suspected job scam, you should contact the police.

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Seven ways to get help with energy bills this winter

We knew today’s announcement was going to be painful, but it’s still a shock to the system. When this kick...

Flight cancelled or delayed? Your rights explained

With no sign of the problems in UK aviation easing over the peak summer period, many will worry whether holida...

Rail strikes: Your travel and refund rights

Thousands of railway workers will strike across three days this week, grinding much of the transport system to...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

DIY investors: 10 common mistakes to avoid

For those without the help and experience of an adviser, here are 10 common DIY investor mistakes to avoid.

Mortgage down-valuations: Tips to avoid pulling out of a house sale

Down-valuations are on the rise. So, what does it mean for home buyers, and what can you do?

Five tips for surviving a bear market mauling

The S&P 500 has slipped into bear market territory and for UK investors, the FTSE 250 is also on the edge. Her...

Money Tips of the Week