Recruitment frauds are on the rise nowadays, naive candidates who dream about working overseas, about better earnings, better career and moreover an exciting life. They always seek a chance to look for new adventures overseas or within the same place. Modern technology and Internet play an important role in it and it is a huge source of information, knowledge, opportunities and much more. You can now connect to anyone, anywhere in the world, like you were talking face to face. You don’t need a good reference now to find a thriving opportunity. Exploring the web bring you to the world of opportunities and allows you to discover plenty of amazing chances related to your industry, whether it’s Oil & Gas, Mechanical, Hotels, Retails, Airlines, Teaching, Medical or anything else, you can find them all them all on the internet through various resources.
The question is; sitting at your home, how do you rectify if it’s a right opportunity for you and you’re not being cheated. There are a lot of erroneous people around, who are ready to take advantage of your dreams and your needs. These people mostly dupe candidates from the in developing countries but it could be from anywhere. They create fake ads and allure you, by showing a fascinating world you’ve been dreaming of. There are many cases of where candidates have been asked to pay money over emails or phone with an assurance that, once they pay the admin cost, they will be sent the ticket and visa for free. People get excited and leave their current jobs. They make arrangements for the family behind and get all excited to enter their dream job but after they paid the admin cost, these people will disappear to never show up again.
I have been in recruitment business for over 9 years and have seen different types of clients and candidates. To bring in to reality, one of the candidates working in India as Chef contacted me last week, seeking my help and guidance. He mentioned, he was offered a job in America in a Coffee Shop and has been asked to pay around 400 USD in the name of some document and after the document is done, He will receive Visa and Air-ticket for free. He also sent me the company’s page on the social media. While, I was researching about the company, I was shocked to see what I found out.
The company had a fake profile with a few likes on Social Media page and they had even posted positions along with the names of people selected for different positions. Companies would never post such confidential details for Public. Selected candidates are supposed to be contacted directly over emails or phone calls. The address that was given was also fake, when I investigated deeper about the location. I was very surprised to see, it was actually a residential address. They had falsely created a name of a company which already exists in the other part of the country and is very famous.
I’m glad that we rectified this fraud and saved the person from paying the amount and from all that suffering. The Social media page I had reported has been removed. I’m delighted those candidates are saved from the harassment they had to undergo with this recruitment.
Before you decide to pay any money over the internet/phone for recruitment, please keep these things in mind:-
- Always browse about the company, their name, website and location.
- Make sure the person who has contacted you, uses the official email address; a genuine and reputable company will always have their company website and company’s email id.
- Most of such companies use email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org . This is done to mislead professionals who see the company name in the email address and feel it is genuine company. Always check and make sure that the email provider is company’s name and not generic email addresses like gmail, ymail or yahoo.
- You can also Google about the person who has contacted you to see if he/she’s for real.
- If they have mentioned their location, do a little research about that as well.
Everyone who works hard deserves a better career but don’t fall in the trap of fake world and avoid spams. Do your own research; take guidance from someone before you decide to go ahead. If you liked the story, please feel free to share it among your colleagues.
Director, Hozpitality Group