We regularly screen for illegal job ads that ask for personal or financial information. However, from time-to-time these job ads may appear on Pipeline Recruitment.
How do I recognise a fraudulent job ad?
Opportunities that seem too good to be true usually are. Be wary of advertisers or employers requesting the following:
An upfront fee (e.g. for things such as ‘processing’ your application). A genuine advertiser or employer WILL NOT ask you for money or your bank or credit card details.
Acceptance of a money transfer where you can retain a portion as ‘payment’.
Bank or credit card details.
A copy of your driver’s licence or passport information as part of the application process.
Tax file number. This information should only be provided once you have accepted a genuine job offer.
Non work-related personal information, such as your appearance, marital status.
Pipeline Recruitment username and password.
Any other personally identifying information.
Always check the legitimacy of any job ad, email or employer that seems suspicious before you respond. For example, large well-known companies usually do not include Hotmail or other free email addresses in their ads. If you have any concerns, call the company directly to verify.
What do you do if you
If you have any concerns over the legitimacy of a job ad:
- Do NOT respond to the ad.
- Report it to Pipeline Recruitment immediately, providing a link to the ad.
- Make sure you have up-to-date anti-virus software to protect your computer.
- If you have supplied your bank account or credit card details, please contact your financial institution immediately and ask for their advice.
- Be alert for suspicious emails asking for personal details.
If you receive a suspicious email, the best course of action is to delete it immediately. Do not follow any links, or reply to the sender. By following a link, you may accidentally download a ‘Trojan’ or ‘key logging’ program, which could compromise your security. By replying, you run the risk of receiving more emails from this source.
Pipeline staff have delivered strategy and consulting services to organisations across Australia, ranging from a number of corporations in Australia’s top 200 ASX to small start-ups in remote communities.