After the increase in exploitation cases during the coronavirus pandemic, job seekers are urged to guard against job fraud. ‘Disclosure Scotland ‘ disclosed that their latest survey found that nearly three-quarters of job seekers (74%) who applied for jobs during the pandemic were fake.
Some job seekers even paid companies money for disclosure checks only to find out that their job was not genuine when there was no check done. Data provided through fraudulent job postings can be used in numerous ways by criminals, including identity theft. Disclosure Scotland stated they are running a campaign to educate job seekers about employment scams and fraud.
“During the unprecedented period we have been through, people’s economic security has, of course, been immensely challenged,” said Gerard Hart, MD, Disclosure Scotland
“Finding a job is a major way to create and maintain this vital sense of personal and family well-being and security. It is, therefore, particularly deplorable that criminal elements seek to exploit job seekers. Disclosure Scotland is ready to help their partners and the public put an end to these fraudulent and damaging scams.” Gerard added
Signs that may indicate job fraud include being asked for money, improperly worded job postings, and unrealistic salaries. Maintenance-free job postings and suspicious contact information can also be red flags.
“The exploitation of job seekers has increased during the pandemic, and the methods used are more and more sophisticated,” said Dr Suzanne Smith, Executive Director (DBS)
She continued, “The negative impact on the person on the other end of these scams is significant – we are working alongside JobsAware to help prevent this from happening by raising awareness and directing those affected where they can go for help. “
A survey of 1,645 job seekers in the UK in April 2021 found that nearly three-quarters of job seekers (74%) applied for untrue jobs during the pandemic.
“The way we work and search for work continues to evolve; workplace scams are becoming more common and sophisticated,” said Keith Rosser, President of JobsAware, formerly known as SAFERJobs.