A new warning has been given to recruitment companies and agencies following a referral to SAFERjobs after a sophisticated fraud attempt. 

According to the report, “The fraud works by job roles being released to recruitment companies by people claiming to work on behalf of a genuine business looking for staff.”

“The business then provides information on potential candidates for the recruitment company to contact or a candidate will apply for a role, but of course they are not genuine. These candidates appear ‘ideal’ for the role and are usually available for immediate start. Hefty financial loss follows whereby the recruiter pays the contractor for work for a significant period without being paid by the employer.”

The sophisticated fraud attempt could leave many recruitment agencies and companies in huge financial problems, and thus the investigation by Metropolitan Police is being taken very seriously.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gould, from the Met Police FALCON Unit said: “Recruitment companies are an attractive target for fraudsters. Companies should be aware of the threat of fraud and make sure appropriate due diligence is taken to protect their business. SAFERjobs is a fantastic resource and I would encourage recruitment companies to sign up with them and protect themselves from the threat of fraud.”

A separate report conducted last year by CV library found that over 50% of recruiters believe job scams are the biggest threat to the sector.

As one of Wakefield’s leading recruitment agencies, West Riding recruitment are always keen to ensure we do not get hit by any fraud and we stay up to date with all that is going on within our industry. We work closely with many local businesses and supply only genuine candidates for roles.

If you are looking to fill a job role and would like to use our services, please speak to one of our team today on 01924 650404.

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