Identify Genuine Job Offers/Beware of Fraudulent Job Postings
Employment scams are becoming more common, and job seekers continue to be a target to cunning scammers. If you’re looking for a new job, be alert to these scams, by learning what to watch out for to better safeguard yourself against them.
What is the scam?
Criminals will pose as reputable companies, like VAKT and post fictitious job descriptions on fake websites that look like the real thing. They will then make fraudulent job offers to job seekers. In some cases, they may ask for money, banking details or other personally identifiable information.
These scams have become more sophisticated and can appear as legitimate recruitment activities; and often appear through third-party websites or direct email.
This scam, or ‘recruitment fraud’ as it is known, is becoming increasingly common.
How can you protect yourself?
Here are 5 tips to identify phishing scams:
- Be cautious of generic emails. Scammers try to cast a wide net by including little or no specific information. Always be wary of emails which seem overly generic.
- Incorrect domain names or email addresses. Check for misspellings of VAKT or non-VAKT email addresses (i.e. gmail.com, yahoo.com). Our approved emails will come from @vakt.com, @VAKT.io or VAKT.global subdomains.
- Offer of employment without physical interviews. Our recruiters will often ask for in-person interviews however due to the recent pandemic situation, we have been doing virtual interviews over video and we generally use MS Teams or Zoom for this purpose.
- Request for financial information or payments. Our recruiters will never ask prospective employees for payment to apply for a position or as a condition of employment. For example, any required background check will be paid by VAKT.
- The “perfect” job. A job posting that states extremely high compensation for a position that requires “no skills or experience,” seems too good to be true, and is likely to be fraudulent.
For additional details on the topic of recruitment scams please read the advice from UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/understanding-the-impact-of-job-scams or from the Action Fraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/recruitment-scams
What can I expect from VAKT?
VAKT Global Limited (and its subsidiaries) takes this matter extremely seriously and is working to reduce the instances of our brand being used as part of fraudulent, criminal, activity. At no point would VAKT ever ask for money, credit card or bank account information to complete a job application.
Please note that at VAKT we are advertising our jobs directly, on our website under the Careers section or on our company LinkedIn profile. You should treat as suspicious any random message that you might receive from email addresses using similar domain names or which are mentioning cryptocurrencies. At VAKT we are using blockchain technology to build our products, but we are not involved in cryptocurrency activities of any form.
Applications for posts advertised on https://vakt.com/careers provide a secure portal for you to enter your details as part of our standard recruitment processes.
By making you aware of this scam, we hope to prevent you from falling victim.