At FPSG, safeguarding our candidates and clients is paramount. In today’s digital landscape, we must be vigilant about emerging threats. We aim to inform our FPSG community about a concerning trend – scammers exploiting WhatsApp and text messages to impersonate recruiters and recruitment companies, including FPSG.
They promote fake job openings to deceive individuals and obtain personal information or even request payments. Please visit Scammers prey on jobseekers with fake job ads sent on WhatsApp and text messages – Which? News to find out more information.
- Verify the Sender: Exercise caution when receiving messages via WhatsApp, Telegram, or text. Scammers typically employ generic numbers or usernames unrelated to legitimate businesses.
- Unsolicited Job Offers: If you receive unsolicited job offers, particularly if you haven’t recently applied for a job, be wary. Genuine recruiters typically reach out after an application or expression of interest.
- Too Good to Be True: Scammers often dangle lucrative offers with exceptional salaries and benefits. If something sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
- Requests for Personal Information: Be cautious when personal information like bank details is requested. Legitimate recruiters do not request such information upfront.
- Research the Company: Before divulging personal information or making payments, conduct thorough research on the company. Ensure their official website and contact details align with the information provided in the message.
How to Protect Yourself:
- Contact FPSG Directly: If you’re uncertain about a message claiming to be from FPSG, contact us directly through our official website or phone number. You can find them here. We can confirm its authenticity.
- Safeguard Personal Information: Refrain from sharing sensitive personal information with unknown sources. Protect your data from potential scams.
- Report Suspicious Activity: If you encounter a scam, report it to relevant authorities, such as Action Fraud in the UK or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the USA or your relevant local police / law enforcement. Reporting helps prevent others from falling victim to similar scams. As a minimum, it is advised to BLOCK the user on your device.
At FPSG, your safety during the job search process is our priority. By remaining vigilant, confirming message authenticity, and taking precautions to secure your personal information, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to WhatsApp and text scammers.
If you have concerns or questions, please reach out to us directly via our website – www.fpsg.com/contact We are committed to providing support and ensuring the security and success of your job search.