Staying safe on the information super highway
The internet is a great tool for job seekers to search for jobs, undertake company research, network with people and businesses. As well as a great tool to stay connected with the industry when planning their next career move. As with most industries there will always be people who seek an opportunity for fraud and recruitment is no different. Here are our top tips on how to recognise and avoid online frauds if you are approached:
- Suspicious offers usually instruct prospective candidates to provide detailed personal information such as passport information, bank details and even request they pay for their application and recruitment processing fees. When a company offers you a job position they shouldn’t ask you to supply personal financial information about yourself such as your social security number, your bank account details and routing number. These details are not required until you have accepted the offer to the employer and have signed the employment contract. A recruiter is always paid by the client, not the candidate
- Be cautious if you are contacted about a job that seems too good to be true, suggests you need to act quickly in order to secure it (working on the fear of loss) or asks you to supply your bank details. You shouldn’t need to provide any of the above without at least having an interview with the client first.
- Scams can be very persuasive, and with the ability to create genuine looking documents using images and logos from the internet, it is easy to convince victims that they are dealing with legitimate employers. Note that legitimate companies do not use free or public email addresses e.g. Yahoo.com, Gmail.com, and Hotmail.com. When in doubt, ask for the main office telephone number and look it up on Google or compare it to the main office number listed on the company website.
- Spoofing occurs when an exact copy of a website is created in order to make a fraudulent company look legitimate. A spoofed website will usually look exactly the same as the website of a legitimate company, but with a different web address e.g., '.biz' instead of '.com' or '.co.uk'. The website and email addresses should normally match the corporate website. You can always call the company’s main number to confirm.
Just like a regular highway, the information super highway can help you arrive at your destination much faster. You still have to treat it with respect and take steps to remain safe online. If you are in doubt with any correspondence, the safest thing to do is to look up the company, get its office telephone number and call the main line to confirm you are dealing with legitimate company.