Scams against energy sector job seekers on rise
Fraudsters using real-looking employment offers to solicit personal information
A rise in scams targeting people who want to work in Alberta's energy industry has prompted some companies to post warnings on the employment pages of their websites.
Rachel Moore with Savanna Energy Services said she has been getting emails and letters from people — mostly overseas — who think they have received a job offer from her company.
But the applicants are being tricked, given authentic-looking employment offers and then persuaded into sending copies of their passport, academic credentials and sometimes money to secure the job.
"We're certainly seeing an increase in this," said Moore.
The fraudsters piggy-back on the company’s actual website but then redirect unsuspecting job seekers to a fake application site, she said.
Moore said a legitimate company would never ask for detailed personal information in an initial application.
Daniel Williams with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre said people should never send personal information or money without carefully checking the job offer first.
“Sometimes scammers are happy just to get personal information enough that they can apply for credit in your name and others will take that as starters and then go on to take whatever cash you're willing to part with,” he said.
Savanna and other firms have put warnings about employment fraud on their career pages.