Posted: Mon 17th Jun 2024

Warning amid rise in scam job adverts used to steal personal information for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

A warning has been issued amid a rise in fraudsters creating fake job adverts in a bid to steal personal information.

A post on the North Wales Community Alert website states that the scam begins with a fake company being created with job adverts then being posted on popular recruitment websites, such as Indeed.

Once an application has been submitted by the victim, the fraudsters go on to ask for copies of official documents, such as a driving licence or passport as part of the application process.

But when the documents have been shared, the scammers shuts down communication with the applicant.

The criminals then use the documents that they’ve obtained to open fake accounts such as bank accounts in the names of individuals who applied for the fake job.

In a bid to help protect members of the public from the scam, North Wales Police have issued the following advice to stay safe online:

  • If you are unsure about a job offer, research the company to see if they have a legitimate online presence. If they don’t, they are quite probably a fake company.
  • Do not share any personal information or documents unless you can verify that the job offer is genuine.
  • If you suspect a job advert to be fake, scroll down to the bottom of the job description and click the ‘report job’ button.
  • Report to Action Fraud – here.

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