Understanding Employment Scams
Prevalent Employment Scam Tactics:
In an age where job seekers are abundant, scammers exploit the desperation and hope of potential
candidates by offering seemingly genuine employment opportunities. Cunningly crafted fake job offers can
look incredibly real, deceiving even the most astute individual. If a job offer seems too good to be
true, or if an employer asks for upfront payment, it's a potential red flag.
How Employment Scammers Typically Operate
Scammers often harvest resumes from job portals and then approach candidates under the guise of
legitimate employers or recruitment agencies. They lure you with enticing offers and, after winning your
trust, may ask for sensitive personal information or money. Whether it's fees for "training materials"
or "certification processes", these costs often lead nowhere, leaving hopeful candidates both
financially and emotionally exploited.
The Modus Operandi of Employment Scams
Scammers can be highly sophisticated, sending detailed job offers or interview invitations from
seemingly reputable companies. They might also craft elaborate websites mimicking genuine corporate
sites. But remember: no reputable company will offer a job without an interview, nor will they ask for
payment to secure a position.
New Graduates: Prime Targets for Employment Scams
Fresh graduates, eager to kickstart their careers, are prime targets for such scams. The allure of a
high-paying job can sometimes cloud judgment, making new job seekers vulnerable to these fraudulent
offers. It's essential always to conduct thorough research, verify job offers, and never pay any upfront
Shielding Yourself from Employment Scams
Stay vigilant and informed. If you receive unsolicited job offers or interview calls, verify the
legitimacy by directly contacting the company's HR department. Check the company's official website, and
compare email addresses to ensure they match. When in doubt, trust your instincts. It's always better to
be cautious than regretful.
Sample Employment Scam
This email claims to be from a reputed company, offering a job without an interview and asking for
payment. Always remember, legitimate companies never ask for payment for employment. Such emails should
be treated with suspicion and reported.
Finding a job is a daunting task for any graduate, knowing this very well, the scammers take
on people, who seek genuine jobs by providing them with fake job promises. These employment scammers
brutally creative and they make you easily fall into their bogus placement tricks, making you lose
money, time and to the worst case sometimes they even commit crime activities with your name and
address. Make one thing clear that no legitimate employers or employment firms will ask you to pay
before getting placed, if they, then it clearly indicates a sign of red flag and it is witty to keep
away with them.
Example of Employment scam
Dear Francis Sanjoy Rozario,
NOTIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT
Congratulations! following the completion of your job application and educational
are pleased to confirm that you have been selected to work for Al Habtoor Leighton LLC (HLG)
We are delighted to make you the following offer in this position on our team, based on your
previous work experience and your impressive educational accomplishments.
The HLG Management are confident you will thrive professionally and personally while working for
Find attached herewith, is the prototype of your Employment Letter which contains the Terms and
Conditions of your Contract Package for your perusal and approval. On your review and acceptance
this Contract Package, sign on the last page and send back to us a scanned copy of the
(Last) Page by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
However, you recommended to contact MIDDLE EAST TRAVEL & TOURS UAE for the acquisition of your
Work/Residence Permit Papers which will enable you to legally live and work in U.A.E, thereby
sending also a copy of the acceptance last page to them for their processing of your requisite
through their contact details below:
MIDDLE EAST TRAVEL & TOURS UAE
Trade Centre Road – Dubai
P. O. Box: 82541, Dubai
United Arab Emirates.
Phone: +971 523 3287785
Contact Person: Anthony S. V. Woods
The hard copies of your Contract documents have been forward to MIDDLE EAST TRAVEL & TOURS UAE,
shall solicit on the preparation of your Working Visa Resident Permit from the Visa Authorities
in UAE. The same will be sent to you through courier service after all formalities have been
accomplished with the UAE Visa Authorities here in UAE. This is in line with the Expatriate
Law of UAE.
Keep us up to date us with the process between you and the travel agency in case of advice where
necessary, and ensure you provide them their requirements quickly for the fastest process from
office. Also remember that any expense you make for the processing of your UAE Residence/Work
Papers shall be refunded back to you immediately you submit your expenses report/receipt to us
NOTIFICATION FOR ELABORATION PROGRAM
Upon your arrival to Dubai International Airport; you shall be received at the Airport by our
delegates. Also there will be a mandatory expatriates orientation / elaboration training
organized for all expatriates by the management to orient newly employed staff about the
the Executives, Departments, and more on your job duties. This will take place within the
of Al Habtoor Leighton LLC (HLG) UAE, and this Program will start 14 days on arrival for work
It is of very importance that your make sure your participate on the elaboration program which
scheduled to commence on your stipulated joining date. This means you should be able to
before your states joining date.
ELABORATION PROGRAM NUMBER
Your assigned Elaboration Program Number for the 2016 Al Habtoor Leighton LLC (HLG) UAE
program is HLG-25816.
We at Al Habtoor Leighton LLC (HLG) UAE congratulates you today on your success emergence and
forward to welcoming you aboard
Should you require more information, please feel free to contact us immediately.
ENG. Ranja Zayed
Employment Processing Manager
Al Habtoor Leighton LLC (HLG) UAE
Airport Road, Rashidiya
P.O. Box 10869
Tel: + 971 526 574052
Fax: + 971 526 570000
United Arab Emirates.