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What is Seek playing at?

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Seek are clearly launching some sort of campaign… we clicked on the link in the ad, but were redirected to a “cliffhanger” page.   However, we do find it interesting – and a tad hypocritical – that given the focus on scam, fake and bogus job ads (and Seek’s protestations that they do everything in their power to ensure it doesn’t happen – see  Even It Up! Forums and Seek’s CIO’s input), that Seek would actually have “fictitious ads” in their advertising campaign.

And it ‘s a shame the job is a sham, because here we were thinking that Diane Lee from Even It Up! had found her perfect job!

You can view the ad (and link) here.  What do you think?


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October 8, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Anatomy of a fake job ad

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Even It Up! was alerted to this job ad via Twitter (by the way, if you wanted to follow us, we are @evenitup).  If this isn’t a fake job ad, we’ll eat our hats!

Posted on Hippo, a few things should be setting off alarm bells right about now:

  • No experience is necesary in order to be making mega-bucks (if it sounds too good to be true,  usually is!)
  • Hotmail email address rather than a business one
  • No contact person to speak to about the role
  • Promises of “speedy career progress” to go along with the mega-bucks you are going to make from this role.
  • No website listed, so it’s difficult to research the business. We Googled AbT and came up with nothing.  Abril Commercial Foreign Exchange revealed this.  Typing the URL direct into the browser revealed this.
  • We typed the address into Google Maps and came up with an address that was not in Sydney, but rather near Parramatta.  A street view reveals either a park or residential area, depending on how you look at it.
  • Home-based job workers required (not that there’s anything wrong with home-based work, but in this context, no good can come of it!)
  • Really bad English.  Now we’ve thought about it, this is more like a scam than a fake job ad!  Sounds like something to do with either processing ill-gotten gains or ripping people off.

While the Latin phrase caveat emptor – or buyer beware – applies to buying goods, Even It Up! thinks that an equally appropriate Latin saying needs to be devised to apply to jobseekers.  Beware and aware!

Oh, and if (despite our warning!) you do want to send off your CV, do not include any personal details.  You never know.  The person being scammed could be you.

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August 22, 2009 at 11:30 am

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Spot that fake job ad

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Fake jobs are a real concern for the jobseekers,  and placing one in either an online or mainstream publication is illegal under The Trade Practices Act 1974.  Check our latest Even It Up! media release for our views on the “practice”.  As mentioned in our media release, fake employment ads are lodged by two sources: unscrupulous recruitment companies looking to populate their databases; and unscrupulous “businesses” looking to cash in on freely available  information for identity or property theft, or to make an easy buck.

So how do you spot a fake employment ad?  There are a few dead give-aways:

  1. No details about the organisation or contact person on the ad.
  2. Generic job description (or “cattle call” if a recruitment company).
  3. If an online ad, no facility to email in your application.
  4. Asking for some sort of payment (e.g. to purchase a “starter kit”).

And how do you safeguard yourself?

  1. Use a PO Box as your contact address.
  2. Don’t include your date of birth, marital status, gender, Tax File Number or Centrelink Customer number.
  3. Consider having an email address that you have set up only for job applications.
  4. Use a mobile phone number rather than a landline number.
  5. Get as much information as you can about the organisation and the job; always talk to someone about the role, and ask them to email a job description and/or company information before you send in your CV.
  6. Keep track of your applications: where they are going, to whom and the date you sent them.

Does anyone else have any words of wisdom to safeguard against fraudsters? Or ways to spot them?

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April 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm