Job seekers are urged to beware of job scams following an increase in cases of exploitation during the coronavirus pandemic.
Disclosure Scotland said the latest research found that nearly three in four job seekers (74%) applied for jobs that were not genuine during the pandemic.
Some job seekers even paid companies money for disclosure checks only to find out that the job offered to them was not real when the check never arrived.
Information provided through fraudulent job postings can be used in various ways by criminals, including identity theft, Disclosure Scotland said.
He is running a campaign to educate job seekers about employment scams and employment fraud with JobsAware, the Disclosure and Ban service and AccessNl.
Gerard Hart, Managing Director of Disclosure Scotland, said: “During the unprecedented period we have been through, people’s economic security has, of course, been immensely challenged.
“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 our partners and the public put an end to these fraudulent and damaging scams.”
Signs that could suggest a job scam include being asked for money, poorly written job postings, and unrealistic salary offers.
Maintenance-free job postings and suspicious contact details can also be warning signs.
Dr Suzanne Smith, Executive Director of Prohibition and Safeguard at the Disclosure and Prohibition Service (DBS), said: “The exploitation of job seekers has increased during the pandemic and the methods used are more and more sophisticated.
“We know some companies have taken money for DBS checks from unsuspecting job seekers, relieved that they have been promised a job, but the DBS check never comes and work never does. been real.
“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 conducted in April 2021 in the UK found that during the pandemic nearly three in four job seekers (74%) applied for jobs that were not genuine.
Keith Rosser, President of JobsAware, formerly known as SAFERJobs, said: “The way we work and search for work continues to evolve, workplace scams are becoming more common and sophisticated.
“We know how damaging it can be to fall victim to such scams now more than ever.
“That’s why it’s important to educate and arm job seekers with the understanding and support they need to recognize and report suspected fraud.”
Anyone who suspects that they have been targeted, the victim of a professional scam, or treated unfairly are advised to report the company and website to JobsAware through its portal (https: // http: //www.jobsaware.co .uk).
Those who have separated for money in connection with a suspected employment scam are advised to contact the police.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-11 08:59:04