Recruitment Scams in 2018

I was originally busy slowly writing a series on Performance Management and suddenly I got a call from an acquaintance. Some ‘recruiter’ in Kumasi had a 5000 cedis job for her, guaranteed, without the ‘recruiter’ or the potential employer having ever met and interviewed the candidate (she lives in Accra). She only had to pay 400 cedis by Mobile Money and the job was her to start on Monday. Yes…sure… you offer someone a 5000 cedis Business Analyst job (why such a high salary is another question), someone with no prior experience and someone you haven’t even met and interviewed before… right… Of course the gentleman took her money (and possibly other candidate’s money) and disappeared deleting that gmail account.

Last week I heard from a candidate who came all the way from Kumasi for an interview without a specific role at hand and a couple of cedis that they were to be paid for registration fees. So this candidate, wasted time and money to travel back and forth between Accra and Kumasi for a yet- to- be- materialized role in the future, so the ‘reputable’ recruitment agency can collect their registration fees… This is so unethical, cruel and of course a low- level scam, but a very frequent one; I have seen that too many times.

Unfortunately, recruiting scam is a reality and scammers are always on the increase and fake job offerings do appear on job boards and on social media announcements. And they all have a few things in common- they pray on our need / hope / desire for employment or human greed combined with a desire for an easy job search; or they hope to find the few easily- trusting people among us – why wouldn’t we believe in the good nature of our fellow human being?

But, sadly, plenty of unsuspecting job- hunters are being conned into parting with their hard earned & worked-for money, or becoming victims of identity theft – the new crime wave. Have you ever wondered if a job is real or a scam? Sometimes, it can be hard to tell the difference.  Here are some tiptips, so you can identify and avoid a variety of different types of scams designed to get your personal information and your money.


How-to ‘detect’ Recruitment Scams.

–They might be after your personal details including financial information like your banking accounts etc. Main purpose of it is ID-theft and they usually go after experienced professionals, the logic been that that for example a doctor or an engineer will have more money than a secretary or someone unemployed. In this version they will try to install a virus in your computer so they can steal all possible personal information, by asking you to download and filling an application form or their CV template. Be careful- no reputable agency will ever ask that or rather doubtful that they will have such an application for you to download.

–They ask you to pay a fee to process a visa or medical records (you can get / arrange for your own visa and medical exams- where and why will a recruiter have time to do these for you?) or some other type of high fee (usually a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand cedis)

Btw, it is always about a couple of hundred cedis minimum. Nobody will invest the time to scam you for just a few cedis; ‘exception’ the Recruitment Agency Registration Fee – it really cost nothing to receive an email with someone’s CV and software can process it in 2018. So why this continuation of asking for Registration Fees?

Recruiters work for their clients not for their candidates. Sorry, but that is the truth. In extremely rare cases, a recruiter can find a job for a candidate.

Truth bite: with some of the clients we have worked before, they have learnt to trust our judgment, so we send them directly candidates to interview instead of CVs to check first. But the magic word is we send our pre-screened candidate to be interviewed first- the client always chooses whom they hire.

Ok…once in a while you might see the ‘no experience necessary’, but the phrase ‘entry-level’ is more likely to be used to describe an authentic job.

Usually, these job requirements are so ridiculously simple that almost everyone qualifies: For example, you must be 18 years old or a Ghanaian or have internet. (You wouldn’t be reading their email if you didn’t have internet access, right?). The fake job requirements don’t mention years of education or experience.


My very-own / personal examples.
I got contacted by Sayed from Peace Recruitment in Saudi Arabia to provide them personnel, a supposedly daughter company of Peace Recruitment in Scotland. When I contacted Mr. Peace, he has never heard of them not did they have any presence/office in that geography.

Similarly a Ghanaian fellow contacted us (he did not even bothered to find out that I run my own recruitment agency) offering jobs in Ghana or in the Gulf area for a well known Oil & Gas company. We contacted them- they do not operate in Ghana not do they had any connection with that individual nor had they asked anyone in Ghana to help them recruit for their Gulf operations.

In Conclusion.
Please exercise constantly critical thinking and don’t let anyone sell you have fake hopes. Like everything else, it is too good to be true, it really is not true. Work hard in getting a job and do not get tempted by easy ‘workarounds’.

Once again: When something is too good to be true, walk away from it – please don’t be tempted by greed.

Thank you and Good Luck please.


About the Author: Irene Gloria Addison is the owner of HIREghana [Human Intelligence Recruitment], a Leader Ghanaian Recruitment Agency and also a HRM & Organizational Development Consultancy, based in Accra.

Irene welcomes your feedback/ comments/ remarks/ suggestions via your email message to Press at HIREgh . com; she can be reached at +233 50 228 5155 or +233 266 555 907.

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