Job Scam

Job Scam

As of December 2022

6492

victims

Have fallen prey to scammers

S$117.4

million

Total amount lost to scammers

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

19 Apr 2024 | Job Scam

I lost $16k to a Job scam

Getting to know each other through Instagram, I was approached with a plea for help. They asked for assistance in a part-time job for "MIU MIU", involving online purchases to help boost the brand's sales.…...

18 Apr 2024 | Job Scam

Beware of Job scams

I was invited to a random WhatsApp group called Inpand?? Capital, where the admin, who goes by the name Advisor Mandy, messaged the group. She claimed that people could earn a side income and pocket money…...

13 Apr 2024 | Job Scam

I lost $150 to a Job scam

I joined a WhatsApp group where all I had to do was like Shopee shops to get paid. Curious, I decided to give it a shot. They paid me through PayNow after making me add someone (a receptionist) on Telegram.…...

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