Recently there have been numerous complaints from people about so-called companies asking them to pay to apply to jobs.
This fraudulent practice seems to be extremely popular in the oil, gas and energy recruitment field, especially in Middle East, Asia and Africa.
As Petroplan is committed to ethical recruitment, in an effort to raise awareness of good practices and to help people avoid frauds, we have put together a list of some non-legitimate practices and ways to detect them, report them and avoid them in the future.
In order to detect a fake or “chargeable” job you can look for the signs and take the below precautions:
a. Watch out for the signs. Poor spelling and grammar is usually a good indicator that it’s a scam. If you were promised a job in a different country, you ought to find out from the embassy of that country how much a visa costs and confirm with the employer the applications process since the company offering you the job would normally resolve this for you.
b. Check the legitimacy of the company. There are a lot of ways to do this – performing a simple Google search on the name of the company should bring up a number of legitimate results such as LinkedIn page, Facebook page, Twitter account, company Tax page, job-board websites listings, possibly a company registration page and/or mentions of the company from other people.
c. Check that applications are submitted on the company website. There are a lot of so called “recruiters” who ask you to send an e-mail to their Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail account(s) and reply with a charge to apply to various jobs they advertise. Legitimate companies will always have an on-line free application process. All applications should be processed through a company channel such as via LinkedIn, an industry Job Board or their company website.
If you do come across a fraudulent job offer, you can follow some steps below:
a. Check on the advice forums – websites like https://www.safer-jobs.com/ are a good place to start
b. Report them to the police – a good way is reporting through the Fraud and CyberCrime Reporting Centre – https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
c. Contact the official channels – contact the company they claim to be working with and report their activity and practices with screenshots and the e-mails they sent you.
In order to avoid these scams in the future:
a. Make sure you only apply to legitimate companies – check if you’re unsure
b. Never post your personal information publicly online – do not reply with your e-mail address or post documents in comments of a social media post; these are ways that scammers obtain personal information.
c. Pay attention on social media – don’t like or comment on a post that claims that someone will “review” your profile or comment with your e-mail to posts advertising hundreds of jobs at once. You should check if the profile that is posting this has a decent amount of connections and if anyone reported anything about them.
In conclusion, when applying for jobs online, make sure the company and applications process is legitimate, look out for the signs, ask for advice if you’re unsure and report anyone who charges you to apply to jobs.