Fake job scam alert

Avon Valley Gazette - - CHRISTMAS 2016 -

OP­POR­TUNIS­TIC scam­mers are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the down­turn in WA’s min­ing sec­tor by tar­get­ing un­em­ployed min­ers us­ing a fake jobs web­site.

Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion WA warned the fake web­site www. min­ingjob­swa. org was mim­ick­ing a le­git­i­mate em­ploy­ment web­site www. min­ingjob­swa. net. au and was us­ing an ABN stolen from an Aus­tralian com­pany with a sim­i­lar name.

The Su­bi­aco ad­dress used by the scam­mers is not a busi­ness premises, but a re­cre­ational park and the bo­gus web­site re­mains ac­tive de­spite ef­forts by Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion to have it closed down.

Act­ing Com­mis­sioner for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion David Hillyard said job seek­ers needed to be aware of fake web­sites that of­fered at­trac­tive job op­por­tu­ni­ties but only wanted to steal peo­ple’s money and pos­si­bly their iden­tity.

“Al­ready we have re­ceived a re­port of a po­ten­tial ap­pli­cant los­ing a few hun­dred dol­lars when asked to pay fees as­so­ci­ated with their job ap­pli­ca­tion on this site,” Mr Hillyard said.

“These cal­lous scam­mers are at­tempt­ing to rip off job seek­ers who are likely to be in a vul­ner­a­ble fi­nan­cial po­si­tion and can least af­ford to be los­ing money.

“They may also be asked to di­vulge their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and send a copy of their pass­port for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses.

“This opens the pos­si­bil­ity of iden­tity theft in the fu­ture.”

Em­ploy­ment and re­cruit­ment agents in WA must be li­censed and are not per­mit­ted to charge job seek­ers for their ser­vices.

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