Fake job offer scam

Scammers are known to be contacting job-seekers and offering bogus employment opportunities in Jersey and offering jobs at places such as Overdale Hospital.

What you should not do

  • Do not send money to further employment prospects. Real companies never request money for such purposes
  • Do not respond to unsolicited offers of employment from people you are unfamiliar with do not supply personal or financial data to persons you do not know
  • Do not continue to communicate in any way if you suspect the originator may be fraudulent

What is a scam recruitment offer?

A scam recruitment offer is an attempt to obtain cash from victims by offering lucrative jobs that do not exist. Such scams are conducted via the internet using either fake company websites, or by sending unsolicited emails purporting to be from a company site. The communications request personal data and ultimately a request to forward cash on the pretext that this is to finalise the bogus employment opportunity.

How do I recognise a scam recruitment offer?

Scammers search websites looking for job seekers and potential victims. Once identified, a series of bogus email messages are forwarded culminating in what appears to be a lucrative employment offer. The emails are sophisticated and often include the names of genuine company employees in an attempt to add credibility.
The victim is asked to supply sensitive personal and financial data and complete fake employment documents such as application forms, visa forms, banking details, employment terms and conditions, etc. The forms provided often display the company name and trademark without authority. Scammers often urge victims to speed-up completion of documents provided.
Once the victim has accepted the employment terms offered, the scammer demands a transfer of cash supposedly to facilitate employment in the country offered. They state that money is required to cover visas, documents for immigration purposes, clearance with border agencies, passport clearance, accommodation, transportation, etc, and that payment is necessary to facilitate the victim’s entry into the destination country. In some instances they appear to pass the individual to the immigration authorities, emulating their email address and logo, and again often using a real person’s name. They also sometimes state that the money paid will be refunded on arrival in the country of destination (which it won't be!).
The contact numbers provided by the fraudsters are typically mobile telephones starting with +44 (0) 70 or message forwarding types, rather than official company telephone numbers.

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