Be Aware –Jobs Scams


We have been made aware of two Jobs Scams that are currently taking place and are targeting students. It was recorded that 38% of victims of jobs scams in December 2015 – January 2016 were students and therefore this is becoming a big issue.

Summer Jobs Scam

Scammers are posing as families looking for a nanny on genuine jobs websites, and demanding money from employees, they are also charging students up to £500 an hour for a “phone interview”. Students have also being paying for what they thought was DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) checks but were actually unofficial websites.

For more information and full details about this scam please visit:
http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/03/20/family-loses-10000-as-holiday-job-scammers-con-students/

For full details on DBS checks and where to complete the form visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service


Students being recruited to sell items on Ebay

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of victims being recruited via Facebook to sell items for suspects on eBay – often stating that it is a quick way of making money.

The items are said to be bankrupt stock, purchased via auctions, and need to be sold on quickly. The majority of the items reported have been Apple Mac Book Pro/Electrical Items. The victim places the items on eBay and once the items are sold, the victim will get paid and transfer the funds to the suspect/recruiter.

Once the suspect/recruiter gets the funds, the purchasers are claiming that they have received empty cereal boxes or often no goods at all, leaving the victim being reported as the actual suspect, and leaving them out of pocket as their account will be debited.

Protect yourself:

  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example: a mobile phone number or email address could alert you to negative information associated with the number/email address online.
  • Be very cautious of unsolicited emails or approaches over social media promising opportunities to make easy money.
  • When accepting offers, verify the company/entity details provided to you and check whether they have been registered in the UK.
  • If you think the deal or offer is too good to be true then it probably is!

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk


Your Guild jobs department has a Code of Practice which refuses to advertise vacancies which are deemed unsafe or illegal for students. All of the employers who advertise with the jobs department are checked to ensure they are registered companies and are employing students legally. If any employer vacancies do not comply with the Code of Practice they are refused.

If you would like to see a copy of our Code of Practice for employers, please email jobs@guild.bham.ac.uk or visit the Jobs Skills and Volunteering office in the Guild. If you are looking for a part time job you can see our full list of vacancies here www.guildofstudents.com/jobs

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