Job seekers targeted by fraudsters

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning that job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters.

Individuals registered with job seeking websites are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses. They ask the job seeker to complete application and interview forms.

These ask for personal details and banking details. Sometimes copies of identity documents are requested.

In some instances, invites for a job interview are booked, either in person or over the phone. This makes the process look as legitimate as possible.

This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas.

Money has been paid for accommodation that doesn’t exist

Some job seekers have paid money to the fraudsters to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau advises:

  • Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar. This is often a sign that fraudsters are at work
  • If visa fees are mentioned, ask the country’s embassy how to get a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud
  • Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine

If this has happened to you

What to do if you’re a victim:

  • If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud
  • Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters


If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud or by calling 0300 123 2040.