Recruitment scams are on the rise. We’d like you to be aware of the prevalence of recruitment scams, common signs, how to protect yourselves and what to do if you think that you’ve been scammed. 

 

Common signs of recruitment fraud 

 

Unrealistic offers 

  • You come across an advertisement or receive an email, SMS, letter or phone call offering you a guaranteed income or job. It may claim that you can make a lot of money, with little effort, using your personal computer, or guarantee large returns.

Suspicious email accounts 

  • Be cautious of emails from free accounts like Yahoo, Hotmail, WhatsApp or Gmail. Drake recruiters will not solicit candidates through a non-Drake email address.

Requests for Personal Details 

  • You will be asked to provide unusual personal details such as date of birth, bank account information, or other sensitive personal information. Drake recruiters will not ask you for such personal details.

Vague or unusual information  

  • Be cautious with communications that provide:
  • A vague job description and that fail to provide any information about a specific job.
  • No street address included and only a PO box or email address. Drake recruiters will always have their branch location details included on their email signature, letterhead etc. 
  • No personalisation. Drake recruiters will always address you by your name in all communications.
  • Poor spelling and/or grammar.

Payment requests 

  • You will be asked to transfer money on behalf of another person. Drake will never charge any sort of fee to candidates as part of its recruitment process.
  • You will be asked to pay a fee to receive more information about a job. 

How to protect yourself 

  • Be suspicious of unsolicited 'work from home' job offers or opportunities, particularly those that require an upfront fee or offer a 'guaranteed income'.
  • Do your research. If the job involves making or selling a certain type of product or service, find out if there is a market for it.
  • Ask for references from people who’ve done the work or used the product or service.
  • If no contact address is provided, pass on the opportunity.
  • If a stranger asks for up-front payment via money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer, pre-loaded card or electronic currency, do not pursue the arrangement. 
  • Do not agree to transfer money on someone's behalf.
  • Regularly review and change your passwords.

If you think you’ve been scammed 

If you are in Australia and have provided personal details such as account details, passport, tax file number, driver's license, Medicare or any other personal identification details, contact your bank, financial institution or other relevant organisation immediately.  

  • Change your passwords for sensitive accounts such as banking and email.
  • Report the scam to the ACCC via the report a scam
  • Tell your friends and family about the scam to help them avoid it.

 

At Drake International, we take your security extremely seriously. If you or someone you know has been subject to recruitment fraud, after you have acted on the precautionary measures, please let us know by emailing updates@drakeinfo.com.au We are committed to always keeping our clients and candidates safe.