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Beware of fake job ads

With so many people out of work following the pandemic, it seems that everyone is desperate to find a job. And, sadly, the fraudsters are well aware of that and are looking to cash in with fake job ads.

Here Margaret Adewale of the HR Dept in Gloucester explains more about the pitfalls and how to avoid them.

The scam involves stealing personal details that job seekers freely give to prospective employers, such as bank details, proof of address and copies of passports.

Never assume a job is genuine just because it is on a well known platform. Check with the company offering it.

How to spot a fake job:

• Beware jobs where qualification requirements are too low and salaries look too good to be true.

• Watch for tell-tale signs such as generic job adverts and specifications and poorly worded communications.

• If you are asked to carry out a DBS check, ensure the website is listed here: dbs-ub-directory.homeoffice.gov.uk/ or do this via the gov.uk website.

• Avoid any companies that ask you to pay for anything upfront before you can start work.

• Do not give out valuable personal information, such as bank details, before you are sure that a job offer is real.

• Check any courses you complete are provided by accredited firms, on nmj.cipd.co.uk/qualification-finder 

For more information on how to protect yourself from recruitment fraudsters, visit https://www.jobsaware.co.uk/?sj 

If you've been victim of such a fraud, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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