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Three steps to spot fake job offers and protect yourself from fraud
Some of our candidates recently reported receiving fraudulent messages from people impersonating Altis recruiters (read about this scam here).
We’ve learned this kind of impersonation is affecting many employers and staffing firms, so we wanted to highlight how it works and three steps you can take to protect yourself.
The goal of employment fraud is simple: Scammers want to lure candidates into sharing their personal information (identity theft) or paying them money, or both.
It’s increasingly sophisticated and on the rise in Canada. The Better Business Bureau ranked it as the second-riskiest scam in this country in 2022, resulting in Canadians losing $7 million, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
1. The fraudsters may scrape the details of real recruiters and create fake LinkedIn profiles under their names.
2. They create and post fake job listings on reputable job sites like LinkedIn and Indeed, sometimes even creating an alternate website for a recruitment firm by changing the web address slightly.
3. They randomly send fake job ads through any number of channels—unsolicited e-mails, text messages, direct messages on social media or phone calls—claiming to be from an employer or recruitment firm.