People are now more accustomed to job recruiters available over the internet. This is the very place where scammers are having people’s personal data and money.
But, it’s not happening directly. Rather, some real-time fake interviews and background checks are properly organized to make candidates a fool. It’s certainly a scam. Grads or freshers don’t have any idea about it, and they become an easy target.
According to the FBI, 16,879 people are reportedly found a victim of employment scams in 2020.
This article is for the young achievers or aspirants who are looking for a job consultant.
How work-from-home interview scams victimise
Recently, the FBI has revealed how work-from-home interviews turn out a scam. It seems professionally hosted to let it typically work for sure.
· The scammers create a domain name that reads similar to any legitimate company, such as …@recuiters.com. The .com represents a domain name, where they may put a space or flip a character in the URL to make it look similar to any original recruiter. The change looks so small that it’s likely to be overlooked easily. Let’s say, the domain name of “reinforcementconsultants.com” is copied as rienforcementconsultants.com.
The latter one is fake, which represented as a legit company, “Reinforcement Consultants”. But, people generally overlook this silly mistake.
· They post job openings on job portals and even, send emails directing applicants to the spoofed sites.
· The interested candidates applying either on job portals or the fake sites get an email in response, which has a request for an interview to be conducted remotely.
· Once taking it like a real interview over telecommunication, applicants are told they got the job or are finalists.
After that, they may be aligned with some sampling so that their eligibility can be checked. Even, some of them are extremely professional in the fraudulent practices that they pay for the samples and then, issues an appointment letter. Then, ask to pay some amount for the remote banking services to credit salary.
While doing so, victims unwittingly reveal their banking details, which they misuse. Its consequences may be resulted in losing hard-earned money or money laundering.
How to Get Rid of Them
You must know the signs of the scam. They clone the website and conduct fake online interviews, which are some new things happening by the scammers. But still, you can get off such attempts.
Here is a roundup of a few things that you can keep into account when any of such job offers come your way:
· Interviews conducted on social media like WhatsApp using email addresses rather than phone numbers.
· Fake job offer letter with typos in it.
· Social media or texting opted in for communicating any updates.
· Requirements that applicants purchase startup data or equipment from the company, sometimes specifying to pay out for releasing salary.
· Requests for bank or credit card information, or other sensitive personal information.
· Job postings that never published on the genuine company’s website, neither does it carry any link or URL.
· Requests that you should pay for ensuring to get the job openings before their publishing.
· They claim for a 100% job guarantee or placement.
· They share about a backdoor option for the recruitment.
· They assure and reassure by some convincing stories of fake recruitment of the company’s employees.
· They refuse to go on with hiring procedure without getting money from you.
· Genuine recruiters never request to pay for hiring during or after the recruitment process. Nor do they ask for money to offer any job opportunity.
· Interviews are conducted on the merit basis, and mostly are held in-person. The company never hosts interviews on any instant messaging apps.
· The genuine recruitment team communicates with an officially registered company domain name.
· The offer letter with the public domain name or generic email id, such as Gmail or Yahoo, clearly shows a scam.
· The legitimate consultants never ask to share personal details, such as bank account, pan card, debit or credit card number before hiring.
These are some signs of how scammers cheat in the name of a legitimate consultancy. The victims should immediately contact police and lodge a complaint about the cybercrime being happened.