As they say – not everything that shines is gold; similarly not all lucrative high-paying job offers with extra perks are genuine. Before you leave everything behind, move to a new country/city, check for these warning signs in advance.
Global job opportunities are always tempting and expats are often on a lookout for the next big leap. But sadly scammers are on the increase too and come with money-spinning fictitious jobs conning more and more job seekers.
The problem is, that scammers are becoming more and more creative in the way they operate, and it’s becoming almost unpredictable to know which one is a scam and which is a legitimate job opening.
As a job-seeker, the general thumb rule one should follow is to be beware of the offer that is too good to be true or if the recruiter is asking too many personal details, isn’t communicating with his official account and so on. Pretty often, these companies are not legit and promise jobs that don’t even exist in the first place. While some ask a payment of fees/commission to facilitate job search, another job scam promises delivery of your resume to the prospective companies for a fixed fee.
ANOC, a Recruiting firm based in Dubai for over the past 12 years, specialises in recruiting Blue and White collar positions and has come up with warning signs one must watch for about fraudulent job offers.
So how do you recognise a fraudulent job offer?
We at ANOC have noticed that many individuals are misrepresenting themselves as ANOC’s agents and have approached people to offer fraudulent/fictitious employment opportunities, with the intent to steal personal information or solicit money from people.
We encourage you to exercise caution and common sense when receiving any such employment offer, which requires payment of any fees/money, or promises a work visa in exchange for money. The said offers are completely fake and not valid.
Warning signs of recruitment fraud:
- If you do not receive an email from an official ANOC e-mail address but from a free e-mail service such as: Hotmail, Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc. It is also possible that, the email is sent from a fake email address.
- You are asked to disclose private or confidential information.
- You are asked to be interviewed over the phone or via an instant-messenger type program.
- You are requested to pay fees/money – this is a clear sign of a fraud for most companies will bear these costs themselves.
- If the Google search results on the company do not match the information shared with you.
- Or you are requested to complete bogus recruitment documentations such as an application or employment visa forms, (ANOC’s name and logo could be forged/fabricated and featured on the documentation without authority).
- Insistence on urgency.
- Lastly, if the salary offered is way above the industry standards, it is likely to be a scam.
Therefore, if you receive a request, either in writing or verbally, for an interview or a job offer that you believe is or might be fraudulent or suspicious, please disregard them. You may also verify the same with ANOC at firstname.lastname@example.org and for fraud at email@example.com
Under no circumstances will ANOC be liable or responsible for any loss, damages, expenses or inconvenience resulting from these unauthorized persons and/or activities.