Job Scam

Job Scam

As of December 2021

4554

victims

Have fallen prey to scammers

S$91.0

million

Total amount lost to scammers

S$4.3

million

Largest amount lost by an individual

WHAT IS A JOB SCAM?

You receive an unsolicited job offer via messaging apps, social media, etc. Very often, potential ‘employers’ will offer high pay with very little time commitment or effort. There are a number of different job scams. ‘Affiliate Marketing’ jobs where you are asked to pay for products in advance to boost the sales of sellers in return for commission. 'Agent' jobs require you to process fund transfers using your personal bank account, then transfer the money through online banking or money transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Applicants for jobs like 'Assistant Purchaser', 'Stock Takers' or 'Trial Participant' may be asked to reveal details like name, identity card number, phone security code or OTPs. This allows the scammers to access your mobile phone to make online purchases. 'Male Social Escort' jobs promise introductions to wealthy female clients, but only after you pay a registration fee. You may also be asked to pay additional fees such as insurance or membership.

Look out for these scam signs

How to stay safe

If you receive an unsolicited job offer, always verify the authenticity of the offer with the hiring company through their official channels. You can check the information against the "Recruitment" section on the corporate website or by emailing the HR department.
Never allow others, including your "employers", to use your bank account to conduct transactions. You may be committing a crime by laundering money for criminals.

Money laundering is a serious offence. Offenders may be fined up to $500,000 and imprisoned for 10 years.

You are responsible for all the transactions that are carried out on your account.
Do not download unverified apps from unknown sources to apply for a job.
You should never be asked to pay to secure a job offer.

Job Scam: Real Stories

03 Oct 2022 | Job Scam

I lost over $2k to a job scam

I received a Whatsapp message asking if i am keen to work part-time. Objective is to click on authentic lazada links and add the item to my wishlist. Upon joining, i was invited to join a telegram group:…...

03 Oct 2022 | Job Scam

Job to review hotels turned out to be a scam

I was contacted on Telegram by a random stranger asking me if I wanted to try a review job. She claimed that the job was easy and I could earn $110 or more daily. The same usual tactics, I then received…...

02 Oct 2022 | Job Scam

Job offer I received turned out to be a scam

They texted me to say would like me to join a Telegram group . Every day, will be given 25 tasks. Basically most of the tasks are liking particular Instagram accts that they requested. Then, there will…...

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