We hope the following helps to keep you safe from fraudsters. Here are some scams but there are always new ones coming up so you need to forever be careful. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is.
Here is some information we have put together from various sources which may help.
Common security threats
Jobseekers are an increasingly common target for money laundering scam emails. Typically, these emails concern a job offer and the sender may claim to have found your details on a job site such as Globe UK Recruitment. They often offer job titles such as 'transaction manager' or 'accounts assistant'.
Money laundering scams usually have five key stages:
Falling victim to a money laundering scam is not only distressing, it can also affect credit ratings and bring victims under suspicion of criminal activity.
However, there are a number of tell-tale signs to look out for to help you spot a potential money laundering scam:
Phishing emails are an increasingly common method used to try and gain access to personal details from your computer or other means in order to carry out fraud.
Typically, a phishing email will claim to have been sent by a reputable organisation and ask that you respond to the email with your username and/or password or that you enter your sign in details over a 'secure' connection.
Whilst phishing emails can seem very professional, there are usually a number of clues to alert you to the fraudulent nature of the emails. When reading an email claiming to be sent from a reputable company, you should always keep the following questions in mind:
If you're suspicious of any email you receive its best to just delete it. Once opened it may have a virus.
Spoofing occurs when a criminal creates an exact copy of a website in order to make a fraudulent company look legitimate. A spoofed website will usually look exactly the same as the website of a legitimate company, but with a slightly different web address (e.g., '.biz' instead of '.com' or '.co.uk'). If you're suspicious of any website you're directed to make sure it is legitimate. Call the company if necessary.
Identity theft occurs when an individual steals personal details from someone else, and uses the information to fraudulently impersonate that individual. Victims of ID theft often find that their details are used to open bank accounts and obtain credit in their name.
Identity theft can only take place where a criminal has been able to gain access to enough personal details to create false documents in another person's name. In order to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft:
If you suspect that you've been a victim of identity theft, you should contact the police as soon as possible. Details on how to report a fraud can be found here.
Stay safe with SAFERjobs
To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.
What you can do to protect yourself
Online security risks can be minimised simply by ensuring that your password is always kept secure. We recommend you follow the password security advice below:
Uploading your CV to us is an important part of the jobseeking process, and could help you to be headhunted for great roles. It's important you provide enough information on your CV for recruiters to contact you.
However, in order to ensure your security online, you should never include any of the following in your CV:
It's always important to be mindful of your security and safety online. Look at our top 10 tips to staying safe online to make sure you're not putting yourself at risk.
If you think you have been the victim of online fraud, we recommend you report it to Action Fraud, the national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, who will be able to advise you further.
You can contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or visit their website for advice http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
What we're doing to protect you
We've partnered with several industry leaders to ensure you receive the most secure levels of service possible whilst using the site. However you also need to take precautions such as reading the above and installing antivirus software on your computer and phones etc.
To protect your personal information in specific areas of the site, many sites use industry standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to encrypt and secure your data. Whenever you enter a secure area of the site, you'll notice the address in your web browser changes to begin with "https://". SSL certificates.
Globe UK Recruitment uses Norton award-winning AntiVirus software which automatically scans, detects, and quarantines new viruses, ensuring that all documents uploaded to or downloaded including your CV, are safe and virus-free. However you should also take care of your computer by having an anti-virus software installed. Sometimes banks offer free antivirus software as part of their service – so there is no cost involved. Otherwise you should buy antivirus software.
Globe UK Recruitment uses reputable servers which are securely hosted and managed.