Self Protection – protect yourself from scams

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If you are concerned about any particular communication you have received from a potential employer (either because it’s unsolicited or you received the communication in response to your Job Application), or if you are concerned about any particular Job Advertisement you find on Forex Jobs, or if you find a Job Advertisement that is fake or fraudulent, you should do the following:

  1. Contact Forex-Jobs immediately at Legal@forex-jobs.com and do not respond to the sender of the communication, and concurrently,
  2. b. Conduct your own Internet search of the company and the person who emailed you.
    1. Many scammers use the names of legitimate companies to defraud job seekers. So, look up the email of the human resources department and/or recruiting department of the company that is purporting to contact you about the job, and ask them to verify that the person who contacted you is actually connected with the company. If the email address of the person contacting you doesn’t include the name of the company in the domain, that should also alert you to conduct further checks.
    2. An Internet search may alert you to complaints about the individual and/or the company concerned because it’s likely that you aren’t the first person that has been ‘scammed’. There may be online forums that warn people about potentially fraudulent job advertisements.
    3. U.S. job seekers should check whether any complaints were made to organizations such as the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). The FTC provides recommendations on its website regarding job scams.
    4. Canadian job seekers should conduct similar Internet searches and can also check websites such as the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/ce.htm, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca, or your provincial/territorial consumer protection bureau website.
    5.  Australian job seekers should conduct similar searches and can also check websites such as the Scamwatch website (www.scamwatch.gov.au) or your state or territory fair trading authority).

c. If you discover that an email received is connected to a fake or fraudulent Job Advertisement, you should send that email to the email provider that hosts the scammer’s email address and request that the account be closed. Some of the more common fraud departments are:

d. If you have already disclosed your bank details or received funds into your account you should contact your bank immediately to stop any transactions and ask their advice regarding the next steps. You should also file a police report.

e. US job seekers should file a complaint with the FTC at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1, their State Attorney General and their local Consumer Protection Agency. You can find more information by reviewing the content on https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/jobs-making-money.

f. Canadian job seekers can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) for more information: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.

g. Australian job seekers can report any issues to the state police force and seek more information from the Australian Cyber Security Centre at https://www.cyber.gov.au/.

Remember: if the job or the job offer sounds too good to be true, you need to be extra vigilant and conduct your own checks before responding to any communication or taking any action.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of red flags that should alert you to check whether a communication is legitimate and/or whether any particular Job Advertisement is fake or fraudulent (“Scam”). This list doesn’t cover every scenario; it’s merely intended to highlight factors that tend to be present with some of the more common Scams. For more information, you should visit the websites listed above. Be on the alert:

a. If you’re offered a job soon after submitting your resume/CV, without having to go through an interview or other usual hiring process. Usually, when you apply for a vacancy, you expect to wait a few days or weeks to hear back, and then go through a hiring and interview process. Scams will offer you the job almost immediately;

b. If the ‘employer’ claims that they found your resume/CV on a website and offers you the job (as opposed to an invitation to apply) immediately;

c. If the ‘employer’ sends you a check (to cover your initial salary or buy equipment for example), and asks you to deposit the check in your bank account and send them a check for some smaller amount. In addition to contacting Forex-Jobs, you should take the check and any records of the communication to your local Police Department and file a police report;

d. If the ‘employer’ requires you to spend money on training or materials;

e. If the ‘employer’ asks you for personal details and/or financial details that you didn’t include in your resume/CV. The requested information may be your bank details or your birth date, passport number or copy of your passport, social security number, etc. This type of information isn’t typically required until you’ve gone through a hiring process including a formal interview, possibly met the employer in person, and receive a formal offer letter or contract of employment;

f. If the email or other communication from the ‘employer’ contains misspellings, grammatical errors, is badly written or disjointed, and/or contains exclamation marks and words or sentences in capital letters, and/or requires you to accept the job offer immediately;

g. If the role offered to you is more senior than the one for which you applied or offers a salary that is substantially more than you would expect for the role you applied to; or

h. If a Job Advertisement provides a lot of detail about a role but very little information about the type of candidate that is desired.