Job scams: How to avoid falling victim to fake employment opportunities.

October 15, 2020 • In The Media
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Arni Henderson
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Looking for work in a recession and pandemic not only means more competition for jobs but also an increased risk of being scammed.

Cyber criminals are targeting Australians with fake job advertisements on platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and online job boards as well as phishing emails to defraud, siphon money from bank accounts or steal personal data.

But there are critical steps you can take to avoid being ripped off by a too good to be true opportunity.

More than 2500 Australian jobseekers were scammed by fake job ads in the last year, convinced to hand over personal details in the hope of landing work that didn’t exist.

It cost them a total of $1.7 million, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

And the number of victims is set to rise with hundreds of redundancy workers flooding the job market.