Recruitment scams are on the rise as more people are becoming desperate to be gainfully employed — one way or the other. Where there’s desperation, there’s an avenue for exploitation. And that exploitation can rake in thousands for employment fraudsters.
But how do you know that you’re being faced with a scam; when the offer looks like everything you ever prayed for? This is the question we’ll answer in today’s article. Stay on this page.
What some recruitment scams look like
These employment scams come in many forms. Today’s article would touch on two; what I’d call the fake advertised job, and the job application scams.
Fake advertised jobs recruitment scam
These ones are the commonest ones, and there are different levels of sophistication attached; depending on who’s the operator behind the scenes.
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With these types of scams, they advertise supposed job openings in reputable organizations. To apply for the jobs, you’d have to pay for the job application form. Sometimes, the application process is free, however, you’d soon be contacted and informed that you’ve made it to the aptitude test stage. And it’s here at this stage that you’d have to part with some amount of money in order to take the aptitude test.
What these guys do, is paint you the impression that you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. By doing so, they play on your emotions and job insecurity. Even somewhere along the line they may contact you with further good news about your soon to be released appointment letter.
Of course, it’s all false hope. They’ll keep playing you until you lose interest and decide to let it all go.
These types of recruitment scams choose methods that guarantee them lots of respondents they can fleece for their money. A lot of security services recruitment and state institutions recruitment ads you see online are not authorized by the institutions. And since the source looks credible, too many people fall victim to them.
Job application recruitment scams
The job application type works similar to the advertised scams. The difference here is that they contact you because of jobs you previously applied for. How? They find your details and get in touch. For example: “Mr Johnson, last year you applied for a position at ‘ABC Firm.'”
After confirming that you’re still unemployed, they then inform you about a job opening at another firm, for which you’re a perfect fit. Now you have to pay a commission in appreciation for the ‘favor’ being done for you.
Bear in mind that they’ll have contacts ready for you to communicate with, just to paint a picture of genuineness. If you fall for it, your money would be gone with no job to show for it.
How to avoid being a victim to recruitment scams
First things first; don’t be stupid. Seriously. If you have to pay money to get employed in any corporation or firm then know outright that you’re dealing with recruitment scams. Of course, some state institutions such as the security agencies require you to buy registration forms and pay for your own medicals. But that’s all, and you have to be vigilant.
The best thing you can do to avoid being a victim is to cross check and verify all recruitment information from the official website of the institution or company in question. Make sure you’re only believing information that has been put out on a company’s website or social media accounts.
And yes, websites as well as social media handles are regularly cloned in order to run recruitment scams; so be sure that you’re dealing with the one run by the company you’re hoping to work for. Ask questions and wait for a response before proceeding any further.
Recruitment scams would always be with us so long as people remain in need of gainful employment. We can’t wish them away, but we can do well to avoid being victims.
Have you ever fallen a victim to or experienced any of such scams? Do tell us. We’d like to read from you too.