Walter: Don’t get caught by recruitment fraud

Trent Ernst, Editor

 

According to Anglo American, they have become aware of a number of fraudulent activities, “where people are misrepresenting themselves as Anglo American or Anglo American employees via fraudulent websites, lotteries, advertisements or by posing as agencies representing Anglo American.”

According to the Anglo American Careers site, “unsuspecting victims are led to believe that they have secured offers of employment with Anglo American. These are fraudulent and aimed at extracting either money or personal information.”

These types of scams are known as phishing scams. Usually, the scammer sends out

These ‘phishing’ scams (as this type of fraud is known), are (usually) e-mail scams whereby the senders attempt to obtain personal and/or bank details or to extract money for processing the job application or costs related to “work permits” or “visa working papers.”

“These e-mails can look authentic by including a company logo taken from official web sites and adding convincing details about your personal information taken from your social networking pages,” says the website. “However, these e-mails have no connection with Anglo American, nor do we use these methods as part of the recruitment process.”

According to the site, any genuine offer of employment from Anglo American will always be preceded by a formal application and a professional selection process including face-to-face interviews.  They point out that they will not ask for bank details until the formal offers of employment have been agreed by both parties, and they will never ask for money from either job applicants or successful applicants for any purpose (visas or work permits, housing, training or Personal Protective Equipment).

Are you worried that you might have received a fraudulent job offer? While different phishers run the scam differently, these are some of the clues that might indicate the job being offered is fake, says Anglo American:

The e-mail or alleged contract makes poor use of language and/or contains bad spelling

The email comes from an e-mail addresses with a different domain name than expected e.g. mailbox.co.za, live.co.uk, workmail.co.za, infomine.com, gmail.com or hotmail.com

If you haven’t applied for a job at Anglo American and gone through a face-to-face selection process then any job offer will be fake

If the email or job offer asks you to deposit any money into a bank account to cover any kind of fees, it will be a fraud

What should I do if I am unsure whether a job vacancy or job offer is genuine?

If you have been approached by a fake recruiter, you can send details to recruitmentfraud@angloamerican.com.

“Anglo American is committed to take every available step to expose these fraudsters for who they are and to put an end to their unlawful and fraudulent activities.”

Other companies have similar policies in place. While being unemployed is not preferable, be safe out there; scammers often focus on people in desperate situations, which means that there is a higher-than-normal chance of them turning their focus on Tumbler Ridge.