The current high unemployment rate is attracting scammers eager to prey on hopeful job seekers. News outlets have reported a rash of complaints surrounding bogus job search sites.

Scammers will set up job search site, often illegally using the name of a bona fide site, set up bank accounts, and then advertise jobs that don’t exist. These unscrupulous operators then sell advertising space on their website, while also pocketing fees for matching workers to bogus jobs.

It Is only when the applicant shows up for their first day that they realise they’ve been duped.

Niki Hennessy from Gumtree. Photo: au.linkedin.com

Niki Hennessy from Gumtree. Photo: au.linkedin.com

Niki Hennessy, from Gumtree, recommended jobseekers check the credentials of prospective employers through third-party sites, such as ABN Lookup. This website lists company names and ABNs, verifying the company’s legitimacy. ABN Lookup also has a ‘Report ad’ button. Following this link will allow anyone to report a suspect job ad.

“The number one Safety tip for job seekers” she told AAP, “is to find out as much information as possible about a company before interviewing for and accepting a role.”

The best scenario is for job seekers to meet with their prospective employer at their place of business.

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