Consumer Protection has warned out-of-work miners to be careful when looking for new jobs, with the discovery of a fake mining jobs website.
The Subiaco address being used by the scammers is not a business premises, but a recreational park.
The bogus website is still active despite efforts by Consumer Protection to have it closed down, so job seekers are being warning to avoid the site.
Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said job seekers need to be aware of fake websites that offer attractive job opportunities but only want to steal people’s money and possibly their identity.
“Already we have received a report of a potential applicant losing a few hundred dollars when asked to pay fees associated with their job application on this site,” Mr Hillyard said.
“These callous scammers are attempting to rip off job seekers who are likely to be in a vulnerable financial position and can least afford to be losing money. They may also be asked to divulge their personal information and send a copy of their passport for identification purposes. This opens the possibility of identity theft in the future.
Mr Hillyard said while this warning was specific to the miningjobswa.org website, there are many other fake sites on the internet which are attempting to target job seekers.
There are also many fake job advertisements being posted on legitimate sites such as Gumtree and Seek.
“The number of reports and total losses from employment scams is increasing so we want to make sure that people are aware of the traps and their desire to find a job won’t lead them to become a scam victim,” Mr Hillyard said.
Tips to avoid employment scams
– Be suspicious when responding to job vacancy advertisements. Carry out some independent research. A simple online search or phone call may be enough to confirm that a business, company or trading premises does not exist or is being impersonated.
– In Western Australia employment and recruitment agents must be licensed and are not permitted to charge job seekers for their services. They can only take fees from the employer. For your own protection only use licensed employment agents listed on the Consumer Protection website www.commerce.wa.gov.au/cp and report anyone trying to charge to find you work.
– Guard your personal information including your CV, tax file number and any proof of identity documentation, such as a scan of your passport. This is all the information required for criminals to commit identity theft.
– If you’re asked to pay money upfront to secure a job, whether it’s for training, equipment, transport or accommodation, don’t do it. It’s not normal industry practice and likely a scam.
– Further advice on scams available from WA ScamNet by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1300 30 40 54.