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Frauds and Scams

Occasionally illegal ads that ask for personal or financial information appear on online job boards. Sporadically, emails are also sent by people masquerading as advertisers or ExpatCareers.com, requesting that you supply personal details.

As per our Mission Statement we at ExpatCareers.com endeavor to ensure that all job ads on our site are relevant, trustworthy and for legitimate job opportunities. Any add identified as breaching the ExpatCareers.com Terms and Conditions are immediately removed. ExpatCareers.com will never send emails requesting you to update your username and password or requesting for personal details. 

What to look for

Consider the adage ‘anything too good to be true usually is’: Yes, we do advertise the best international and overseas jobs however job opportunities that seem too good to be true, typically are. Be wary of advertisers requesting the following:

  • An upfront fee (e.g. for 'processing' your application or for travel costs);
  • Acceptance of a money transfer where you can retain a portion as "payment";
  • Drivers license or passport information;
  • Social Security Number (SSN), Tax File Number (TFN) etc.;
  • Bank or credit card details;
  • ExpatCareers.com Username or Password
  • Non work-related personal information; or
  • Any other personally identifying information.

Always check the legitimacy of any ad, email or employer that seems suspicious prior to responding. For example, large well known companies do not habitually include hotmail, yahoo, gmail or other free email addresses in their ads. If you have any concerns, call the company and verify the ad, don't just assume that just because an ad claims to represent a company that it actually does.
 

What to do if you suspect an ad or email is a scam

If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of a job ad or email from ExpatCareers.com:

  • Do NOT respond to the ad or email;
  • Search for the company and call them to verify the ad;
  • Make sure you have up-to-date anti-virus software to protect your computer;
  • Report it to ExpatCareers.com immediately, providing a link to the ad or a copy of the email;
  • If you have supplied your bank account or credit card details, please contact your financial institution immediately and ask for their advice.

If you feel you may have been the victim of fraud contact your local law enforcing agency (i.e. the Police).

Report Fraudulent Activity

If you suspect fraudulent activity, please:

  1. Report it to ExpatCareers.com so we can remove fraudulent ads and alert other job seekers.
  2. Report it to the appropriate government agency who will investigate misleading job and business opportunities.

Be sure to provide a link to the fraudulent ad or a copy of the email.

 

Helpful Resources

Wikipedia - A detailed description of phishing scams.

Federal Trade Commission (US) - Protecting America's Consumers.

Consumer Direct (UK) - Advise and reporting.

MoneySmart (AUS) - run by the ASIC to help people make smart choices about their personal finances.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse - Empowering consumers. Protecting privacy.

OnGuard Online - Practical tips and advice on securing your computer and transacting online.