How to Prevent Recruiting Scams During the Pandemic

September 10, 2020
Secret Service Assistant Director Michael DAmbrosio (right) attends a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on June 9 in Washington, D.C. that examined the law enforcement response to fraud schemes that have sprung up in the wake of the pandemic. Today’s columnist, Alicia Lynch of SAIC, offers tips for job seekers and employers in the wake of an increase in job recruitment scams for work-from-home positions. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)
  • Requests for money as a hiring condition or in exchange for supplies.
  • Reference a job that only appears on one site and cannot be matched to a requisition posted to the careers site of the company in question.
  • Sent from a web-based email address, such as @gmail.com or @hotmail.com -- not a business email address.
  • Limited to electronic communications (text, email) – no phone calls, video chats or in-person meetings.
  • Provide employment offers that include starting salaries, benefits, and flexible working hours that sound too good to be true.
  • Once made aware of instances of the scam, immediately reach out to known victims to warn them of the scheme and gather relevant information.
  • Notify platform providers to request that the identified accounts be shut down.
  • Report all of the activity to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. 
  • Place warning banners on external facing sites that clearly state procedures your company and partner recruiting firms use for contacting prospective employees.
  • Encourage candidates to be cautious when sharing personal information over the internet.
  • Share the information with recruiters for awareness.
  • Run targeted searches online to identify unauthorized job listings.
  • Put the word out to existing employees. Ask them to report any instances of a fraudulent job listing scheme they encounter or hear about.
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