Warning of online recruitment scam

JOBSEEKERS are being targeted by scam online recruitment firms seeking payment for their services.

Concerns have been raised that these firms are increasingly preying on graduates and the unemployed who may be desperate for employment.

Reports say that a representative from the fake sites are calling jobseekers who register their CVs online and offering courses and help for a payment.

Director of Berkley recruitment, Fergal Brosnan said it is illegal for a recruitment firm to charge job seekers a fee to register their details or help them find a job. “Like everything, the small print carries a lot of info,” he said.

Mr Brosnan said some sites attempt to “hook in” graduates who perhaps haven’t been exposed to the normal work practices in the recruitment sector.

Research in Britain found that the rate of fake job ads is up 345% over the past three years.

A Garda spokesman said they are aware of this type of activity.

Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, said last year that jobseekers should take great care when supplying personal details following complaints to his office from people who have applied for jobs which turned out to be fake.

A spokesman for the office said yesterday that there has been no complaints in recent months regarding scam recruitment sites but added that just because nobody is complaining it doesn’t mean that such activity is not happening.

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