Employment fraud

What does employment fraud offer?

You are told that you have been successfully recruited into a job overseas or that an agency can help you land your dream job.

How does employment fraud work?

  • You place your CV or personal details on internet job sites so that potential employers can see them and, hopefully, offer you a job
  • You are contacted by an employer or an employer’s agent to say they are considering you for a position. You are asked to fill in a questionnaire and may be interviewed over the phone. You may also be referred to the employer’s web site for further information
  • Eventually, you are told that you have been successful and the job is yours
  • There is no job
  • Once you have received the job offer, the fraudsters will contact you about arranging travel, accommodation and visas. You will be referred to an agency that, again, may have a website to give it credibility. The agency is supposed to help you with all your arrangements - for a fee.
  • When you pay one fee - for example, a visa administration fee - the agency will tell you about another fee that has to be paid. For example: a deposit on accommodation. In reality, the fraudulent agency makes none of these arrangements.
  • What’s more, the fraudsters may also ask for your bank account details to set up salary payments. They will use these details to steal money from your account.

How can I recognise employment fraud?

  • Check any documents for poor spelling and grammar
  • Ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. If the embassy and the employer give you different answers, be wary of using the employer
  • Check the official records to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does, contact the organisation directly through officially listed contact details to confirm the job offer is genuine
  • Tell the employer that you will make your own travel and accommodation arrangements. Beware if they try hard to dissuade you or tell you that you have to use the agency they refer you to
  • Be aware, too, if the employer or agent provides a webmail email address such as @Yahoo or @Hotmail as a point of contact.

What should I do if I suspect employment fraud?

  • Break off any contact with the fraudsters immediately
  • If you have given the fraudsters your bank account details, alert your bank immediately
  • Warn the operators of the web site where you placed your CV that their site is being used by fraudsters.

Reporting fraud

If you're a victim of fraud that is a crime in progress and you need an immediate police response dial 999.

If it is a non-emergency situation,

Call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

You can also report fraud or find further advice and information on the Action Fraud website.