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Be safe when job hunting online

13th August 2010

A recruitment website is urging job seekers to keep safe from fraudsters while looking for employment online.

Fraudsters can advertise bogus jobs on genuine recruitment websites, or set up fake recruitment websites, sometimes made to look like a genuine recruitment website or brand.

Totaljobs.com has put together some advice to help keep job seekers safe online:

  • don’t give out banking information to a potential employer during the application phase – there is no reason why they should need this information until you have started a job
  • don’t give away any information that wouldn’t normally appear on a CV, eg bank account details, date of birth, place of birth etc
  • be wary of emails coming from hotmail, gmail or any other free email provider
  • check the email for spelling and punctuation errors – this can be a sign of fraudsters sending out mass bogus emails and trying to get past spam filters
  • avoid recruitment websites that are registered abroad and remember that fraudsters might attempt to ‘clone’ genuine recruitment websites, so check the url
  • beware of websites asking for money just to apply or to be listed on a directory of jobseekers
  • look out for websites that redirect you to other sites – the change may be as subtle as taking you from a .co.uk website to a .com one
  • be wary if you are asked to pay for an ‘application fee’ or a ‘starter kit’
  • if the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information visit the totaljobs website

Please note: Action Fraud is not responsible for the content on external websites.

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

See also: 
Recruitment scams
Work from home scams
Advance fee fraud