Job Scam

Modified on Tue, 28 May 2024 at 02:35 PM

A job scam is when scammers pretend to be employers or recruiters, tricking job seekers into giving them personal info, money or valuables by pretending to offer jobs. Scammers often use social media ads on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, text messages or encrypted apps like WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to find victims.

One of the common modus operandi in recent job scam: 

Scammers promise easy part-time jobs with good pay. They start with simple tasks like adding items to eShopping carts, following social media accounts, watching videos, writing reviews, or doing surveys. These tasks pay small amounts to gain the victim's trust. After a few tasks, scammers deposit a small amount of money into the victim's account / eWallet to make it seem real. 

The scam then moves to a 'VIP' task, where victims are asked to pay a fee upfront with the promise of a big return. Victims are added to group chats showing fake success stories. Once a victim deposits a lot of money, the scammers disappear or give excuses for not returning the money, demanding more payments, and threatening the loss of the initial deposit.

How to Spot a Job Scam:

  • Unrealistic Job Offers

Beware of jobs that promise high pay for minimal effort or have overly flexible arrangements.

  • Quick Hiring Process

If there's no interview or discussion about your qualifications and experience, be cautious.

  • Impersonation of Legitimate Companies

Some scammers use well-known company names and logos to appear legitimate.

  • Paying to Get a Job

Watch out if you're asked to pay fees for background checks, training materials or visa processing.

  • Suspicious Job Tasks

Be cautious if the job involves money transfers, making purchases or receiving packages for others.

  • Identity Theft

Stay vigilant against requests for sensitive personal information, financial login credentials or TAC.

Please refer below for sample of job scams:

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Things to keep in mind:

  • Verify the legitimacy of the company or recruiter by checking their contact details, website and physical address.
  • Hold off on sharing sensitive information until you've confirmed the job's authenticity.
  • Beware of job offers that seem too good to be true.
  • Avoid making hasty decisions, don't let anyone pressure you into quick actions.
  • Discuss the offer with someone you trust to gain perspective and time for consideration.
  • Never pay for a job promise. Avoid any upfront payments through bank transfers or cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

To report this issue, please get in touch with us.

Rest assured that CelcomDigi is actively taking measures to ensure our customers do not fall prey to such scams.

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