What is Online Employment Fraud?

Fraudsters post job advertisements on various social media platforms, forums or instant messengers, using various pretexts to lure job seekers into paying fees, guarantee fees or other fees.  After snatching the money, fraudsters will be out of contact. 

 The characteristics of job advertisements posted by fraudsters are as follows:

Offer high salary, same-day pay or work from home arrangement

Low academic qualifications or age requirements

Work experience and CV are not required

Do not mention the name or address of the company, provide only the contact information of instant messenger or mobile phone number

Emphasise no illegal or obscene activities will be involved so that job seekers will let their guard down

Do not mention the specific post and duties

How scammers deceive

Lending an account

Ask employees to lend their accounts to channel funds on behalf of customers to earn commissions, but they have to first apply for a loan from a finance company in their sole name, or buy gold jewellery with credit card cash advances and hand over the property as collateral.  Some fraudsters even use various pretexts to ask the employees to surrender their ATM cards and PIN codes, and snatch their money from their accounts

Overseas purchasing agent

Hire people to travel abroad and purchase luxury products such as luxury handbags and employees have to pay for their own tickets and accommodation fees in advance

Boosting sales

Purchase products from specific online merchants to boost sales and request employees to deposit the payments into specific bank accounts

Giving “likes”

Fraudsters offer commissions to employees for selling “likes”.  They even introduce monthly package.  The more expensive the monthly package, the more commissions the employees can earn for each “like”

Advance payment for purchasing goods

Hire people to purchase goods such as smart phones, and ask them to pay in advance or to purchase cheap raw materials at a high price

Scam Prevention Tips

Find jobs through reliable channels

Understand the background and business nature of the company

Pay attention to job advertisements which offer high salary but do not have any requirements regarding academic qualifications or work experience

Do not give personal information to others indiscriminately

Pay extra attention if you are asked to pay administration fees or apply for loans

If in doubt, call the Anti-Scam Helpline 18222 immediately

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