Cheshire Constabulary is supporting Get Safe Online’s #safejob campaign to make sure people are more cautious when job hunting online.
Get Safe Online has put together the best advice available to make sure that you don’t fall victim to someone’s scam while searching for your perfect job.
DS Chris Maddocks from Cheshire Constabulary’s Cyber Crime Unit, said: “Most of our activities are now online which includes job hunting. Nationally, there have been cases where individuals have been scammed.
“Ads for jobs with a fantastic income, high pay for little work or no experience could be fraudulent, even duping you into money laundering or muling. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
“So while you’re browsing for your next job, bear in mind a few things that will help you with your search.”
David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, added: “Cybercrime, in all its forms, is on the increase and now accounts for more than half of all crime committed each day.
“As your Police and Crime Commissioner, it is one of my key priorities to tackle cybercrime and support its victims. The 2019/20 budget prioritises these areas with increased investment and resources for fighting cybercrime. This year, we’ll establish a dedicated cybercrime support team within each local policing unit to deliver prevention advice.
“Anyone can become a victim of cybercrime, no matter how savvy you on online - that’s why it’s important to protect yourself online by following the advice of Cheshire police.”
Get Safe Online have five tips for people who use the internet to look for jobs;
• Make sure job sites and employment agencies are genuine with a physical address and landline number
• When posting your profile/CV online, choose whether making it public, confidential or private is right for you
• Keep information such as your passport, driving licence, NI number, bank details and date of birth confidential until you’ve secured the job with a trustworthy employer. Never include them in your CV
• Be wary of requests for up-front payments for #DBS checks, CV services, headshots and even job applications in case they’re fraudulent
• Been offered a telephone interview? Make sure it’s the prospective employer that makes the call, otherwise it could be a premium rate number scam
• Make sure emails claiming to be from prospective employers who have seen your CV are authentic and go to a legit job posting
If you think you’ve been a victim of employment or any other fraud, report it to @actionfrauduk at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
For more information about the campaign, which launches officially on March 1st, please visit www.getsafeonline.org/datesafe