How to avoid job scams abroad

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Hellenic Police has issued a guide with “Useful tips to avoid fraud presented as employment opportunity”, mainly addressed at those who plan to move abroad. Unfortunately, many of the cases described in this guide are quite common. Read carefully and inform your friends who are about to take the big step without having done their research first.

  • Do not trust job listings that present great opportunities abroad (unusually high salary, etc) by websites and other sources of questionable reliability.
  • Do not trust ads circulating in emails. If the ads link to a website, check if it’s the official website of a company or an imitation with convincing copies of its logo.
  • Do not trust ads that promise jobs in public institutions, municipalities, etc.
  • Search the web for the company details, using keywords such as the name or phone numbers of the company. There might be other websites appearing as the same company, in which case they are fake.
  • Search for information about the company or organisation offering work in sources other than the ad.
  • In case you are offered a job abroad, ask the consulate of the country where the company is based if this business exists and also ask for verified contact details, so you can check if the job listing is real. In addition, check with the Greek consulate in the country where the company is based and ask for relevant information.
  • In cases of job offers in organisation in Greece, pursue to communicate with them in order to check if they really seek for new employees.
  • Do not trust job listings that contain several spelling errors or seem like a badly translated text in a foreign language.
  • Do not share your personal data (passport, insurance number, bank account) online. As soon as you are hired, a company representative will ask for them personally.
  • Insist to meet the company representative at the office for an interview, even if that means you have to travel abroad. It should make you worry if s/he avoids to meet you or give you additional information concerning the job you have been offered.
  • Before you send any money to the potential employer for issuing a work permit, ask the foreign consulate in Greece about the cost and procedure for issuing a work permit. Usually you have to apply for it personally.
  • It should make you worry if during communication with the company representative different people or different company details appear (e.g. different addresses, phone numbers and post codes).
  • Search for information online about the specific company, classified ads web page or recruiters. Often, other victims of fraud inform about fake ads in various online discussion spaces.
  • Do not accept checques or bank deposits you will have to transfer to a third person.
  • Do not trust ads for “work from home”, where you are asked to invest an initial capital in a series of products, in order to earn profit from sales or sale percentages from people you will recommend yourselves to the company (pyramid scheme).
  • In case of fraud or attempt of fraud, contact the apropriate police bureau, providing all the data you have at your disposal, in order to facilitate the investigation to track down the perpetrators.

A general rule of thumb is that anything that appears too good to be true usually isn’t true. 

 

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