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Watch For Scams Newsletter. Quantas Employment Scam
November 18, 2013
Quantas Employment Scam
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Quantas Employment ScamYou may receive an email that appears to come from the Australian airline Qantas, advising you that the company currently has job vacancies in a range of areas. Interested applicants are invited to send their resumes to an email address listed in the message.
However, the email is not from Qantas and is an attempt to trick job hunters into making contact with online criminals. If you apply and send your resume you will soon receive a reply offering you a position with the company. The reply talks in glowing terms of excellent working conditions and high wages.
The message will also claim that, before you can start the exciting new job, certain prerequisites will need to be met. You will be told that you must pay upfront fees to cover various expenses such as a police or security clearance, training material, uniforms or equipment. Or you may be asked to send money so that the airline can arrange accommodation and travel for you. You may be told that the company will later reimburse any upfront fees you send.
Further requests for fees will continue until you finally realize that this is a scam, or you run out of funds to send. You will also be asked to provide a large amount of personal and financial information to verify your identity and allow you to be put on the company payroll. The information you provide may later be used to steal your identity.
In recent months, similar scam campaigns have claimed to offer jobs at various other high profile companies such as Disney Cruise Line, Radisson and Hilton.
Be wary of any unsolicited email offering you a job at a well-known company. In an attempt to make the emails look genuine, they often include stolen company logos as well as links that point to the genuine company website. Sometimes, they may also copy text from career information published on the company's website. However, large companies are very unlikely to send out bulk unsolicited job emails, and they certainly wouldn't do it via a free online webmail service rather than their own company domain.
If you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam you should promptly report it to the IC3's website at www.IC3.gov. The IC3's complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration.
Remember - always watch for scams!
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