WhatsApp Job Scams
Have you recently received a WhatsApp message from a recruiter who seems suspicious?
We want to alert our candidates to a current scam that preys on job seekers. Some scammers might contact you with enticing job offers to extract your personal information or ask for payment. This scam is currently widespread and affecting thousands of recruiters in the UK.
Please remember - our team would never reach out to you using WhatsApp. They would only conduct themselves in a professional manner and and we would never ask you for money or bank details, we provide our work finding services free of charge to you as a candidate will never make any suspicious requests. We would like to thank those who have forwarded us the evidence of this scam. We would also encourage you to report any suspicious scams to the Action Fraud here.
Here are some tips to help you spot a fraudulent message:
We apologise for the inconvenience, be assured that we report every issue but unfortunately as these are cyber scams, we are unable to stop this widespread issue affecting the whole recruitment industry.
Warning signs when being contacted
There has recently been a significant rise in jobs scams, with fraudsters often impersonating recruitment companies or consultants.
Whilst job scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated, the best way to help prevent yourself from becoming a victim of a job scam is to educate yourself on things to look out for during your job search. We have set out warning signs to help you spot a potential job scam.
Below is a list of warning signs that could indicate you have been contacted by scammer posing as a recruitment consultant:
A purported HRGO recruitment consultant requesting you to:
Online contact from a purported recruitment consultant with: