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Job and Employment Scams

Big income - guaranteed? Unlikely!

How the scam works
Job and employment scams
involve offers to work from home or set up and invest in a 'business opportunity'. Scammers promise a job, high salary or large investment return following initial upfront payments. These payments may be for a 'business plan', training course, software, uniforms, security clearance, taxes or fees. If you pay the fee you may not receive anything or not what you expected or were promised.

Some job offers may be a cover for illegal money laundering activities, where you are asked to act as an 'accounts manager' or 'personal assistant', receive payments into your bank account for a commission, and then pass the money on to a foreign company.

Job scams are often promoted through spam email or advertisements in well-known classfieds and on job seeker websites - even government job seeker websites.

A big danger with these job scams is that you can be asked for a lot of personal details that you should not provide including your tax file number and copies of your passport or drivers licence. This information could be used later for identity theft.

Protect yourself

  • Beware of offers or schemes claiming to guarantee income or requiring payment upfront.
  • Never agree to transfer money for someone else - this is money laundering and it is illegal.
  • Do not provide your tax file number, drivers licence or passport when applying for a job. You may need to provide this information but only after you have started work.

Money laundering is a criminal offence: do not agree to transfer money for a stranger.

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