Protect yourself from fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have recently announced an increasing amount of scams where fraudsters are targeting and contacting students and graduate job seekers via recruitment websites to obtain bank details and personal information.

Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take when job hunting to safeguard yourself against potential online fraud:

1. Check for poor spelling and grammar

Check any emails you receive from recruiters or prospective employers for poor spelling and grammar. There may also be inconsistent branding or logos that are often a sign of fraudulent activity. If you have any doubts, check the company website in a separate browser – it’s important not to click on any web links they’ve sent to you until you’ve verified that the email is legitimate.

2. Does the email address look right?

Check the email address that the request has been sent from – an email address from a personal account, or one that doesn’t bear any resemblance to the domain name of the company, could be a sign of fraud.

3. Check the information they give you

For example, if the recruiter asks for a sum of money to pay for a visa, speak to the representative embassy of the country you’re hoping to visit to check that the information you’ve been given is accurate. They might also ask for money to secure rental properties, so check with a local letting agent that this is legitimate before providing any funds.

4. Do your research

Carry out thorough research on the prospective employer to check that the job (and the company) actually exists. If the website doesn’t feel authentic, or there’s no sign of any actual business activity, chances are it may not be a real company. 

5. Report it

If you think that your personal information or bank details might have been compromised, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.

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Naomi Soanes

Naomi Soanes is a Digital Engagement Executive in our marketing team.

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