Look out for these warn­ing signs

CityPress - - Careers -

It is be­com­ing more dif­fi­cult to iden­tify fraud­u­lent job ad­ver­tise­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to KC Makhubele, vice-pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­a­tion of African Pro­fes­sional Staffing Or­gan­i­sa­tions (Apso), fraud­sters are be­com­ing more “pro­fes­sional” and pose as re­cruit­ment com­pa­nies.

“There are cases where swindlers set up a fake web­site by im­i­tat­ing an ex­ist­ing le­gal job search web­site. Then the job­seek­ers are ex­ploited in var­i­ous ways – ei­ther by steal­ing their iden­tity or by abus­ing their bank ac­count for money laun­der­ing.”

On such a fake web­site, the job­seeker is led through a se­ries of steps by email that even­tu­ally in­cludes a re­quest for the can­di­date’s per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, such as his or her bank ac­count num­ber, driver’s li­cence and a copy of his or her ID or pass­port.

Other scams in­clude ask­ing the can­di­date to pay in ad­vance for the false prom­ise of mak­ing money “work­ing from home” – for ex­am­ple, by cap­tur­ing data or fill­ing en­velopes.

“Since 2011, 99% of all work-from-home schemes have been de­clared illegal,” says Makhubele.

He has ap­pealed to South African com­pa­nies to par­tic­i­pate more ac­tively in the reg­u­la­tion of the re­cruit­ment in­dus­try to pre­vent the ex­ploita­tion of des­per­ate job­seek­ers by false or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“By only us­ing agen­cies that com­ply with reg­u­la­tions and scru­tiny by their peers in the in­dus­try, com­pa­nies advertising va­can­cies can also do their part to close down the fake job agen­cies,” he says. Never pay to get a job – it is the clear­est sign that the ad­ver­tise­ment is a scam. Be wary of emails that prom­ise over­seas em­ploy­ment, es­pe­cially when com­ing from an ob­scure email with­out a trace­able phys­i­cal ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber. Ad­ver­tise­ments for work­ing from home or that prom­ise any money trans­fers are a red flag. Do not pro­vide your bank ac­count de­tails. “Guar­an­teed com­mis­sions” or prom­ises of big prof­its are also a bad sign – note that the job de­scrip­tion in this case is usu­ally de­lib­er­ately vague and de­signed to catch out des­per­ate job­seek­ers lured by prom­ises of mas­sive earn­ings. Get-rich-quick schemes in­vite you to ben­e­fit from a “pas­sive in­come op­por­tu­nity”. As with all such cases, the more un­be­liev­able the of­fer, the more likely it is a scam. Poor lan­guage use and spell­ing er­rors in the ad­ver­tise­ment are a sign that you are prob­a­bly deal­ing with fraud­sters.

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