Almost 10,000 North Sea workers have lost their jobs. Many are looking for new positions in the industry. But with jobs few on the ground and competition fierce, scammers are trying their best to catch you out and cost you money.
If you are currently looking for work its essential you know how to spot a genuine job offer from a costly scam.
Read on for our Top 5 Tips on avoiding Scammers during your job hunt.
- Unsolicited Job Offers
High paying job offer for a position you didn’t even apply for? What’s the chances!
Usually this type of scam will begin with an email telling you have been shortlisted for a job interview to take place in London. It will seem genuine. Most likely they will have sourced your details anonymously through a site such as LinkedIn.
Attachments may be included… A lengthy job specification…. A visa application.
They will ask you to book your flights through their partner travel agent and pay for your visa application up front. All of which will be promised back to you after the interview.
You transfer the money…and they disappear.
- Contacted by a High Positioned Employee
If the job offers claims to be from a very high positioned employee within the company be very cautious how you proceed. Examples often used include CEO or directors.
It’s unlikely that a person at this level would be actively involved in recruitment. Usually job offers would come from HR or via a recruitment agency, especially if the job is with a large oil and gas company.
- Email Requesting your Personal Details
Is the job description very vague? A one job fits all approach? This could be a warning sign that someone is phishing for replies.
Do they ask you to fill in a lengthy questionnaire about yourself or provide them personal details such as your passport number of NI number? Alarm bells should be ringing.
Never give out your personal details or passwords unless you are 100% sure that the job offer is from a legitimate source. If in doubt, try contacting the companies HR department to verify the job offer before proceeding.
- Unofficial Email or Web Domains
This one can be harder to spot.
Start by checking the spelling of the company name in both the email address and any website links you are being directed to.
Scammers often use the company name spelt slightly differently to trick you. For example ConocoPhillip.com (no ‘s’ at end) or Conoco-Phillip.com (‘ –‘ in middle of wording) rather than the correct conocophillips.com
Companies also have their own email domains – for example Joe.Bloggs@Shell.co.uk
If you receive something like JoeBloggs-Shell@hotmail.com it’s not genuine.
Large companies would never use a free domain such as Hotmail, gmail or yahoo for business communications. There are other free domains out there so if you don’t recognise it – google it!
The key here is to read and examine all the fine details carefully. Don’t be fooled by the presence of company branding and logos as these are easy to copy and paste.
- If you spot a Scam Contact the Authorities
If you do receive an email which you believe to be a scam alert the authorities.
You might have been eagle eyed enough to spot it…but your friend or colleague might not. Call your local police department and give them all the details you have including any names, phone numbers, email addresses and web domains.
It’s important that these scammers are stopped, and one way of doing that is raising awareness, so please share.
If you have fallen victim to a scam and would like to talk to someone please see our list of useful contacts for further help.