Fake job scam alert
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.