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Top Tips for avoiding online recruitment scams

Keep your money safe

• Never hand over money or give your bank details to a recruiter to try and secure employment. A professional recruitment company will not ask Job Seekers for money to process applications or to guarantee work

Make sure the employer is genuine

• Professional companies will use company email addresses and traceable contact numbers

• Check that the telephone number matches the location of the company's address

• Be cautious of job advertisements that have a foreign contact number. If you are uncertain whether an employer is genuine then give them a call, ask for references or use an online search engine to see if anything of concern comes up

Keep your identity safe

• Unless you are sure the company is reputable and the job advertisment is genuine, be protective of your National Insurance number, passport number and bank details. This is all someone needs to pretend to be you and make purchases or open accounts in your name

• If you are uploading your CV onto an online job board avoid including valuable identification details and definitely not financial details

• If when applying for a job online you are asked to send a form of identification for them to scan to check your identity – This is not a legitimate request

Be alert to fictitious email job offers

• If you have received an email advertising a job you have not applied for

• Look out for email job offers that claim they can make you rich quickly and offer incredibly high salaries for part-time hours, but require you to make an upfront payment to secure work. A professional recruitment company will not ask you for money to work for them

• Fraudulent individuals will often steal the reputation of a company and pretend to be advertising job opportunities in their name

If you are in any doubt then call the contact number and make any checks necessary to confirm the authenticity of the company

• You are entitled to ask for references. Request a list of clients and employees the company has worked with

• Use an Internet search engine to do background checks on the company

• Look at the sender's email address. Does it end in a company name? Is it in the same format as other email addresses from that particular company?
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