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​Why are Fake Recruiters Calling Me? How to Spot Fake Job Offers and Interview Calls

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 year ago

We’ve recently noticed an increase of fake scam call impersonating as one of our employees and using our company name to scam candidates to exhort your for money or steal private personal data. As a Group we will do our best to assure that this don’t happen but we need your cooperation as well as to remain vigilant when you encounter fake scam call.

These fraudulent recruiters often dangle above-market salaries to lure candidates. They typically don't ask for detailed information about your skills or suitability for the position. Their primary goal is to quickly secure your cooperation, often employing time pressure tactics. They might impersonate someone else or create a false identity to gather information.

Dealing with fake job offers and interview calls can be tricky, as they often catch you off guard, especially when you're busy, compromising your focus and critical thinking.

To help you recognize fake job scams and determine your next steps, consider the following points:

How to Spot Fake Job Offers and Interview Calls:

  • Beware of requests for payments: If someone asks you to pay money in exchange for a job, it's a clear sign of a scam. Walk away and report the incident to the authorities.

  • Look out for unprofessional behaviour: Beware of fake recruiters who lack knowledge about your profile or the job. They may offer vague information and invite you to unprofessional office spaces. Watch out for suspicious behavior and demeaning tactics aimed at manipulating you into paying money. If you notice anything fishy or encounter these signs, be cautious and skeptical.

  • Guard your personal information: Scammers may try to obtain personal details like your address, email, ID numbers, and even bank account information. Be cautious as these scams can lead to identity theft.

  • Hidden company details: If the recruiter refuses to disclose the name of the company or any information about themselves, it's a red flag. Legitimate recruiters should be transparent about the company and their own identity.

  • Requests for registration or application fees: Fraudulent recruiters may ask for fees like registration or application fees. They promise to forward your resume and guarantee interview calls, but this is often a ploy. Be cautious if asked to make such payments.

  • Pressure for payments after the interview: Fake recruiters may push for payments after the interview, often for certifications or courses. This is another tactic to extract more money from unsuspecting candidates.

By being aware of these warning signs, you can protect yourself from falling victim to fake job offers and interview scams.

However, when you're caught in a fake scam call, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and not know how to respond, especially if you receive the call at an unexpected time. Especially if the call seems like a genuine offer. So, here are some ways you can ask to confirm your suspicion.

  • Ask questions and details about the company and the employer. If they hesitate, don't take matters further. If they give a name, call their reception or HRD to confirm there is an opening.

  • Tell them you'll pay every fee after you get the job offer. Real recruiters don't seek payments from candidates but several genuine ones do and they may agree, fake recruiters and consultants will not.

  • Seek genuine receipts if you are taking the chance of paying any fee. Make sure to check tax numbers and other details online. Like before, fake recruiters will not be able to provide it.

  • Search online for their details like name of consultancy, individuals, phone number, etc. If they have scammed people before, these details can lead you to the posts on social media and forums where they were reported, if at all. Facebook and Twitter are the best options since most people post about such events.

How can I avoid phone scams and cold calls?

To avoid phone scams and cold calls, you can take the following steps:

  • Download a spam call block app: Look for free or paid spam call blocking apps that can help you identify and block potential scam calls.

  • Consult your phone provider: Inquire about additional privacy services and call-blocking options that may be available. Note that some of these services may require a fee.

  • Utilize phone settings: If you have a smartphone, explore the settings menu to find options for blocking unwanted numbers. If you're unsure how to do this, seek assistance from a local mobile phone shop.

  • By implementing these measures, you can enhance your protection against phone scams and minimize unwanted calls.

What should I do if I’ve been a victim of a phone scam?

Scammers are constantly finding new ways to trick people, and phone scams are always evolving. If you have fallen victim to a scam, don't be embarrassed to report it. It can happen to anyone.

Report the scam to the police or relevant authorities who can address the issue appropriately.

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