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Career opportunity scams

There has been an increase in small businesses that promise to give you a job. Unfortunately, such offers come with the "click on the link below" option that requires you to fill out a form and submit your financial and personal information, resulting in a phishing scam. 

In addition, some want to gain such information to send links to download that contain viruses that can penetrate the client computer and access all the data/ information.

How To Spot Fake Employers?

The employer hires the job seeker without an interview or communication regarding the work or the job profile. Instead, they ask the candidate to send their bank details and social security numbers. 

The prospective employer should not ask you to pay or buy something, and they should never ask to transfer money from the candidate's account for any reason, nor should they ask you to buy anything from a website.

Misrepresentation of job profile, where your work supports criminals activities, can lead to risks.

The employer should not use personal email addresses to communicate; they should always use the official business email.

How To Protect Yourself?

Avoid blind advertisements for jobs where the company has no name in the market, and its adverts look appealing. Instead, you should hover over the link mentioned in the application forms to see the URL to find if it is a reliable firm. 

Do not open links and attachments sent by strangers without verifying their details or checking the attachments, as it can be a source of viruses. Check the employers' online profiles and see if they have a professional presence. Also, check their email address, call the company and ask about the offer. 

Seek references and other details.

Alternative Frauds

There are other scenarios when the recruiter asks the client who you have been interviewing with. It indicates unethical work practices where they are trying to find who is hiring, and they may not accept the client who is interviewing with other firms. 

Sometimes they ask what types of jobs you are interviewing for. It indicates that your current employer or someone who knows your current job profile posted the job, and they do not intend to hire anyone as no job opening exists. 

The employer posts messages with bad grammar, misspellings and errors. Some send messages impersonating a reputable organisation, but the links do not match the exact domains, and the contact address is difficult to locate. 

You should get care if it is difficult to verify the identity of the advertisement. Be careful of remote job offers. Some of the most impersonated sites are eCommerce sites like Amazon. If you have suffered losses through any such job offerings, report it to the regulatory agencies.

Date Published: Feb 03, 2022

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Cybercrimes can be of two types. First, it can be cyber dependent, where the fraudsters use online devices to convince the victim to accept their offers.

Advance fee fraud

If you are trying to get a loan for a house or a car, they ask to meet the provider to get the financing arrangement and pay the finder's fee in advance.

Corporate fraud

Corporate frauds can be complicated, committed either by the firm or an individual. Nevertheless, it mostly involves cheating where the employee or the firm.

Individual fraud

There are many types of individual frauds related to advance fees, investments, insurance brokers, bogus tradespeople, Ponzi schemes, pension liberation.

Online fraud

Hence the number of cases of online fraud is increasing each year, and most such cases include – account takeover, direct frauds, or scams related domain names.

Identity fraud and identity theft

The criminal uses the stolen identity of another person living or deceased to conduct unlawful activities like obtaining goods or services in another's name.
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