Getting a new job can be an exciting moment that kicks off your dream career path. But beware of job scams that try to take advantage of people who are desperate for jobs – like the Madbird job search scam that cost dozens of people their money.
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Madbird, a design agency called ‘glamor’ has hired more than 50 people, who work from home encouraged to work together via messages and Zoom.
People have also been hired from outside the UK, and for some of these, work is likely to lead to visas.
At least three people have left their jobs to work for a company led by Ali Ayad, who claims to be a former Nike creative designer at the sportswear brand’s Oregon headquarters.
Story, investigated and published by BBC discovered that no one was getting paid – they were promised that after passing the probationary period they would get paid but until then would have to do with a commission-only deal.
Some had ‘worked’ there for almost six months later, but there was no money in the business or for them – eventually, two employees learned about the company and began to disclose the success. established, causing dozens of people to be devastated.
But Ayad’s plan isn’t the only example of ‘getting a job’ out there.
Job scams are common and the subject of a government-backed DBS campaign in 2021.
The campaign provided useful information for those navigating the job market, including what to watch out for when it comes to job scams.
What is job scam?
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Scamming is a profession that promises a lot but the reality is quite different, if any. It can also aim to get things from you like money, personal details or identification.
Which publishing consumers? says a possible job scam that looks like a ‘dream job’ is likely too good to be true.
It can bring big money to those with little skills, qualifications or experience.
How do you spot a job scam?
The DBS campaign warned job hunters to beware of many things in job advertisements, including: illegal email addresses or companies, poorly written ads about the role, worthy contact details suspicious, unrealistic salary, job without interview and being asked for money.
The government reports that in 2020, seasonal employment scams have increased by 88% year-on-year.
DBS data shows that 85% of identity fraud happens online and so you should be careful about where you enter your details and scanned documents.
What to do if you think you are the victim of a scam
The Government recommends that people who have been or think they may be the victim of an employment scam to report it to JobAware .
If you think you have been the victim of a scam and have already delivered the money, you should contact the police immediately.
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