Scams and fraud – protect yourself

What should I look out for?

The vast majority of jobs advertised come from reputable employers offering genuine opportunities. However there are some fraudulent jobs being advertised.

To be on the safe side:

  • Never get involved in any work that requires you to pay money into your bank account and forward the money to someone else. This is called being a ‘money mule’ and both you and your employer are engaging in illegal activity. Ignorance of the law is not an acceptable defence in these situations so beware.
  • Do not respond to job offers in unsolicited emails.
  • Be wary of job offers based solely on CV submission or limited telephone contact.
  • Never give out your bank details to an employer unless you have been through the recruitment process, have accepted a job offer and are confident they are legitimate.
  • Before you sign any contract it is essential you check that it is in accordance with your rights under employment law. If you are in any doubt, please discuss with us before signing a contract or accepting a job.
  • Check the legitimacy of the company – are they registered with Companies House (UK), Corporate Affairs Commission (Nigeria) etc…?
  • Jobs that are too good to be true; e.g. offering unusually high rates of pay for very little actual work – probably are!

If you have any questions or concerns; if you’re unsure whether to accept a job offer or think you might have inadvertently become involved in fraudulent activity, get in touch as soon as possible.