In recent years there have been countless job seekers worldwide that have been scammed out of their hard earned money through promises of jobs that in reality do not exist, in exchange for money. It is not only job seekers who are scammed out of their money, there are many ways that scammers get people to part with their money, including scams in online dating, identity fraud, online purchases and fake lottery winnings, to name just a few. There are scammers everywhere, and they are operating worldwide.

Employment scams have been doing there rounds now for many years. Traditionally employment scams would involve a promise of a job in exchange for  a fee, possibly for a work permit, or the promise of a job overseas where there would be costs involved in relocating, or for medicals. The job seeker would happily accept the job thinking they would be relocated overseas and hand over money to cover the costs involved, only to find out once they paid the money across, that the job never existed in the first place, and that the scammers have disappeared into thin air.

There are sadly still many job seekers that fall for these types of scams all over the world, but there are lot of job seekers that are learning to spot these scams and avoid them. Scammers are therefor changing the way they operate and have become craftier and more cunning in the methods they think up, of how to get unsuspecting job seekers to part with their money.

The situation in Canada is not good either, with many people being scammed out of their hard earned money. CBCNews reported that according to the Better Business Bureau, Canadians lost a reported $90 million in scams last year, but that the total could be higher.

CBC News reported that Danielle Primrose, the president of the Better Business Bureau of Mainland B.C. said the biggest scam in Canada last year involved fake employment recruiting.

According to Danielle Primrose, as part of this new method of a scam, callers “hire” people over the phone or online, and ask them for their banking information so they can get paid. Instead, they get robbed. “The scammers are getting very savvy now,” said Primrose. “They’re getting people to fill out a lot of paperwork and they make it look very official. They’ll send you a signing bonus and then ask you to wire money back or send it to another employee.”

Danielle Primrose said that the reported loss of $90 million could be as little as 5% of the total losses as many of these losses go unreported.

For this reason, those working in mining need to be very careful as jobs scams are happening across all industries worldwide including the mining industry in Canada. Mining is big business in Canada, and wherever there are jobs you will find scammers, so those in mining are also being targeted and need to be vigilant. I have had numerous calls from devastated job seekers who thought they had just landed their dream job, only to find out the job they were offered never existed in the first place, and that they have also been robbed of money they cannot afford to part with.

Anytime job seekers are asked to open a bank account so the supposed “recruiter” or “hiring company” can deposit money into their account by sending them a signing bonus, or a joining fee, or however they word it, and then have to send a portion back to them, or to other employees, one can  pretty much guarantee that a scam is in the making. What happens is that the job seeker will deposit the cheque they are given, and will then be instructed to transfer a portion of the money back to the supposed “recruiter” or “hiring manager” or a “work colleague”.

This will all be done before the cheque has a chance to clear. So ultimately the job seeker withdraws the money and the cheque is then returned. The bank charges the cheque back to the job seekers account, often also imposing substantial penalties and fees, resulting in their being left without the money which they sent to the scammer believing they were a “recruiter” or “hiring company”, as well as all the fees, and the job seeker is sadly then liable for all these costs.

There are many consequences to these scams, so it is vital for job seekers to be on the look out for scammers and JUST SAY NO!!


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