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Asked to Pay for a Criminal Record Check? Make sure it isn't a fraud...

Have You Been Asked to Pay for a Criminal Record Check? How do you Know it's Not a Criminal Asking? SAFERjobs ( are a non-profit, joint law enforcement organisation campaigning against UK job fraud and protecting job seekers.

SAFERjobs by TABSInfoNation

SAFERjobs is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which works in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, National Crime Agency, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Most Popular Recruiter Magazine Articles of 2014

2014 has been a busy year for Recruiter. In the past 12 months we produced over 2,700 news stories about the recruitment industry.

A mule's life is a fool's life

Just a single piece of personal information, such as your date of birth, can be used to commit fraud in your name. So imagine what a fraudster can do with a lot of personal information: hack yo...

SAFER MOVES: Global Recruiter on the SAFERjobs Campaign Against UK Job Fraud

Supplier News | Safer Moves | New initiative seeks to curb fraud in employment market.

New Guidance for Schools on Choosing Recruitment Agencies includes the Work of SAFERjobs

The REC published its 2014 School Guide to ensure that schools and education providers are well informed when using a recruitment agency to hire staff. The work of SAFERjobs is featured within the guide...

Five scams on the rise in 2014 - Telegraph

Criminals are coming up with new ways to scam unsuspecting victims. We explain what to look out for, and how to protect yourself against being conned.

Government website plagued with bogus and duplicated job ads

The risk of fraudulent, misleading and confusing ads appearing on the government's Universal Jobmatch website is higher than private equivalents, according to the National Audit Office.

BBC Reports of Student Losing £1,500 in Job Scam

A County Londonderry student loses £1,500 when her dream summer job in the USA turns out to be a web scam.

Recruitment agency manager in court after stealing more than £8,000 from employer

Community order for Brighouse thief

BBC Warn Job Seekers about Offshore Training Scams

Job hunters are being warned about scam websites offering online training for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Student jobs fraud: What scams are out there and how you can avoid them

It’s no secret that job hunting can be stressful, time-consuming and demoralising. While prospects are looking up, with a steady increase in youth employment

Agencies Must Be Aware of Contractor Fraud

Recent reports from agencies being subject to fraud - here's one of the stories supplied by Fund My Contractor - and some top tips to avoid fraud situations for your own agency.

One in 10 eBay complaints relate to scams

One in six products or services advertised on Gumtree, and one in 10 on sale at eBay, are alleged scam or potential scam, including job scams Citizens Advice research has revealed.

Job Scams: 7 Ways to Know

The good news for job seekers: The government’s most recent employment report finally puts total employment at pre-recession rates, with nearly 9 million more jobs than at its low point. The bad news: Scammers are even better poised to steal the money and identities of hopeful applicants, by posing (usually online) as legitimate employers with “We’re hiring!” claims. Here are some tip-offs to an impending employment ripoff: 1. Your cash for your (background) check. The most common ruse is getting job applicants …

SAFERjobs Report Helps Ensure Money Back for defrauded Job Seekers

Action by SAFERjobs led to refunds for job seekers defrauded throught the job process by two UK-based recruitment agencies.

Employment scams

Employment scams, also known as job scams, are a form of advance fee fraud scamming where certain unscrupulous persons posing as recruiters or employers offer attractive employment opportunities which...

Writing job scam or ‘misguided’ employer?

Zachary Houle thought the editing job on INDEED was too good to be true. Only 90 minutes after applying for a content editor job with Fact News 24 posted to, he had nailed it without an interview. They sent him a…

10 Signs a Job Is a Scam

Signs a job posting might be a scam. From the ad, the job reads like a dream. It’s in your area of expertise (yay!), paying a salary slightly more than the current rate (yippee!) and you can work from home (woo hoo!) fulltime. But as you reread the job ad, something just doesn’t seem “right” to you. Maybe it’s the typos or the AOL business reply address. For every real job posted online, there are dozens that are fake, meant to entice you to hand over your hard-earned cash. Here’s how to read between the lines and discover if the job you’re about to apply for is real — or not.

Job scam for a Rainy Day: Fraudster tells models they'd got weather girl jobs

Brenton Robert Jarrett, from Howlong NSW, has a long history of scamming people. He has now been found arranging meetings with young models claiming he can land them jobs as weather presenters.

How To Spot A Scam Job Offer

we cannot neglect to mention, however, the existence of scam, or fraudulent, job offers. Many fraudsters use names of real companies in order to trick candidates. This will be a bit of a longer post than usual as I wanted to make sure I gave you all the information I possibly could for you to be able to spot them.

Security Industry Association Warns of Online Recruitment Scam

The Security Industry Authority is working in conjunction with the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to raise awareness of an online scam.

Watch for red flags when looking for summer jobs

Summer is a time when many students find themselves searching for temporary work. This makes them...

Do More to Verify Jobs are Genuine, Fraud Prevention Body Urges

Organisations that host job adverts are being urged to do more to verify that the jobs are genuine, after a scam involving fictitious security jobs at Luton Airport.

We were alerted to a profile on LinkedIn which turned out to be completely unreal

Job scams are growing in number and complexity. But as well as raising challenges for recruiters, they are also boosting the reputation of reputable agencies, says Jo Faragher

Fake jobs conviction a wake up call for the industry

The Chair of SAFERjobs, the recruitment industry body tasked with combating employment fraud, tells Recruiter that the recent conviction of a recruitment consultant for fraud is a "wake up call" for the industry.

Action Fraud moves from the National Fraud Authority to the City of London Police

The national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, Action Fraud, today becomes part of the City of London Police, strengthening the UK’s response to serious and organised crime.

Government Employment Website Universal Job Match 'bedevilled with fraud'

An employment website launched by the Government that became a magnet for fake job adverts and identity thieves is to be scrapped, it has been claimed.


CIFAS is a not-for-profit organisation, concerned solely with the prevention of fraud and funded by subscription. CIFAS Members are drawn primarily from the UK financial services industry, but also from telecommunications, insurance and other business sectors and from the public sector.

Daily Telegraph Claims Job Scams in Top 10 Scams to watch out for in 2014

The Daily Telegraph recently listed job scams in their Top 10 Scams to watch out for in 2014 promoting job scams to the national agenda but the picture behind this is even more revealing

Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate bans job con pair

Two men who generated £200k in a scam that saw jobseekers pay to apply for non-existent jobs have been banned from any involvement in running an employment agency for seven years.

EAS Bans two men for online job scam

Two men who generated £200k in a scam that saw jobseekers pay to apply for non-existent jobs have been banned from any involvement in running an employment agency for seven years. The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) brought legal proceedings against the Newcastle-based pair Ronald Clark and Ian Johnson. They placed advertisements for posts that did not exist across national press, the internet and Jobcentres, tricking applicants into ringing expensive premium rate numbers, and charging them £25 for a ‘careers pack’ and administration fees.

Department for Transport recruitment scam

Job seekers are being warned of fraudsters offering fake jobs at the Department for Transport (DfT). Members of the public have been contacted by an organisation called Broadview Security Limited offering an interview for a fictitious ‘security officer’ post in London

Boiler Room Fraudsters Targeting Students for Recruitment

What’s boiler room fraud? ‘Boiler room’ fraud is an organised criminal activity that is operated by phoney brokers who cold call victims and use high-pressure selling techniques to convince the victim into buying valueless, over priced or non-existent commodities. The organised criminal groups that operate this fraud are usually based overseas and selectively target victims in the UK.

Job hunters tricked by phoney employment advertisements

A FORMER police officer was part of a nationwide £200,000 scam where job applicants were conned into paying cash for vacancies that did not exist. Ronald Clark, who retired after 40 years with the force, and Ian Johnson placed advertisements in the press and radio, on websites and in the Jobcentre looking for workers.

Paul Wilson launches fraud forum for the recritment industry

Paul Wilson launches fraud forum for the recritment industry. R.Paul Wilson is a world renowned expert on cheating, an award winning conjuror and magic inventor. He now works in film and television. He has been studying sleight of hand, cheating and conjuring since he was eight years old. After twelve years as a computer consultant, he became a professional performer and lecturer, using the time to study film before moving into the industry. Since May 2000 Paul has worked as an actor, presenter, writer, producer and director. He has created, developed and produced television shows for NBC, CBS, A&E, BBC, Court TV and Tru TV.