Employment fraud happens when a fraudster claims to be a recruitment agent, hiring you for a job – which can be in a foreign country - that doesn’t exist.
You place your CV or personal details on internet job sites so that potential employers can see them and, hopefully, offer you a job.
You’re contacted by someone claiming to be an employer or an employer’s agent to say they are considering you for a position. You’re asked to fill in a questionnaire and may be interviewed over the phone. You may also be referred to the employer’s website for further information.
Eventually, you’re told that you’ve been successful and the job is yours.
Once you have received the job offer, the fraudsters will contact you about arrangements. If the job is abroad, they will talk about arranging travel, accommodation and visas. You’ll be referred to an agency that, again, may have a website to give it credibility. The agency is supposed to help you with all your arrangements – for a fee.
When you pay one fee (eg: a visa administration fee), the agency will tell you about another fee that has to be paid (eg: a deposit on accommodation). In reality, the fraudulent agency makes none of these arrangements.
What’s more, the fraudsters may also ask for your bank account details to set up salary payments. They will use these details to steal money from your account.
Some employment fraudsters ask the applicant to pay a fee in order to apply for a job.
In reality, there is no job and any fees paid go straight to the fraudsters. Victims may already have given up their previous job and made new accommodation arrangements.
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