These fake job adverts are used to get a hold of one’s personal details such as their address, date of birth, national insurance number, utility bills and passport details. With this information, the fraudsters can identify fraud and potentially ruin a lot of things in people’s lives.
Luckily the loan was cancelled by the lender, but the theft of personal details in this way is becoming increasingly common and Britons need to be aware.
Keith Rosser from SAFERjobs urges this type of fraud is a “real worry”.
He told Rip Off Britain that since March 2020, his organisation has been inundated with ever increasing reports of fraudsters posting fake adverts on legitimate job finding sites.
He explained: “Unfortunately there are no common standards or agreed minimum requirements for job boards to be vetting and checking these fake job adverts.
“You really have this wild west where there is a range of checking being done by job boards from those that are performing upfront background checks, those performing retrospective checks, to those that are actually performing no checks whatsoever.
“This is what is causing a real problem for consumers.
”Tracking down the scammers behind these fake job adverts has proven to be very difficult
Mr Rosser gives his advice about how to try and spot these fake scams.
To be admitted onto the course she must partake in a wide range of work experience within the care sector, so she started looking for jobs on Indeed. After filling out some job applications she received an impromptu call from who she thought was a recruiter.
They told her she was being offered a job in a care home and that she should send them £40 and more personal details such as her driving licence, national insurance number and passport information so they can perform DBS checks.
Ms Holden knew things were not right when she did not hear back from them.
She followed up with them about possible shifts they had promised, but she was informed that her contract had been terminated and no DBS check was made for her.
She said: “When it became apparent that this wasn’t a legitimate company… I was disappointed in myself for not seeing it sooner and acting on it sooner.”
Not only did Ms Holden lose her £40, but she is also left worrying about what the scammers will do with her personal information.