Recruitment Fraud in the UAE

Scammers have a new trick up their sleeves ii the UAE. They are posing as recruitment agencies, promising lucrative jobs to people that don’t know any better. These fraudsters employ clever tactics to swindle jobseekers out of their money. One of the most effective ways is to create a website that mimics the design of the target company. The biggest giveaway is when the fraudsters ask for money upfront in exchange for a visa arrangement, travel fare and administrative and application fees.

It’s a scam if the deal sounds too good to be true. Usually the advertised salary package is many levels above market trends – after all, nothing can beat up the lure of too much money. Most victims that fall for such a trick are usually neck deep in personal problems at home, so when they do come across relief, they are quick to hop on board.

Casting A Wide Net
Scam agencies send unsolicited emails to potential victims by mostly obtaining their credentials from online portals. The large amount of data extracted allows these scamming agencies to cast a wide net, this way even if 9 out of 10 people ignore these emails, there will always be that one desperate victim, who ignores the obvious red flags and gets duped by these scammers.

Some estimates suggest that these scammers are making up to Dh 25,000 a day. After the victim is called to their recruitment offices, the “HR” managers notify them of how impressive their CVs are, and then follow it up by demanding a processing fee of up to Dh 300. They even offer the victim a money back guarantee should they not get a confirmation response from the company by the next day. They don’t receive any phone calls and they don’t receive their money back.

Some Dead Giveaways
Most companies like the Emirates Group always send emails that have the address @emirates.com. No matter how tech savvy a fraudster might be, unless they actually hacked the company’s website they won’t be able to send such emails to victims, instead their email addresses are sent from public addresses such as Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail, an obvious indication that this is a scam.

One aspect the reader should be aware of is that it’s illegal to ask for fees in the UAE, whether the job is genuine or not; however, aspiring job hunters ignore many of these common pitfalls and instead take a plunge into the unknown by seeking employment when there really isn’t any vacancy. Here’s a useful tip – if you get a job offer from a company you never applied to – chances are that it’s fake.  

Fraudster companies make an impact to potential victims by signing their emails off by “HR” managers and leaving in the logo of the company. This led to many genuine companies issuing warning letters on their websites.

It is easy to get duped by recruitment agencies primarily because of our hunt for potentially good jobs but a little common sense goes a long way in safeguarding both our time and money. If it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.