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Scammers once again targeting job seekers

5 June 2018

Job seekers do well to take a critical look at job openings. There has recently been a resurgence of job employment scams.

Con artists are currently active under the name of CGP Services. They are inviting people for a job interview and ask them to create a Gmail account in preparation for it. In addition, the applicants are asked to send personal information to their prospective employer, including a resume.

Often, the ‘employer’ tells the applicants that his international company is setting up a new subsidiary in the country, but the construction  work has been delayed. For this reason, the applicants are asked to conduct the conversation via Google Hangouts. Hangouts is a chat program, similar to Skype.

Fraudhelpdesk has reported on this particular scam before.

Our advice

  • Only accept invitations from companies whose representatives you have met personally. Scammers often tell applicants all kinds of excuses why they can’t invite them to the office. Usually the story is that they’re an international company about to open a Dutch subsidiary. Allegedly, the office isn’t ready yet, so they prefer to do the interview via Skype.
  • Please note that any company carring out activities in the Netherlands must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. If you have any doubts about a company you’re in contact with, please check whether the company’s name and address have been registered.
  • Be extra alert when it you’re offered work that you can do from home. If you accept employment from these people, you run the risk of having your personal data used for criminal activity. In addition, your bank account may be used to launder money obtained through crime.