An urgent warning has been issued following reports of a WhatsApp scam doing the rounds which cons people into believing they can make money working remotely, whereas in fact no job exists.
Reporters at The Express have seen one such message which reads: “We are a regular online recruitment company. There is no time limit or location limit to this, and the work is very simple. You can do it at home, and the manager teaches you how to make money and do things. Please add WhatsApp to receive jobs.”
Once a person replies, they are often asked to pay money for work equipment or employment screening checks. Many of these messages also ask individuals to provide bank details or identity documents. This scam is putting innocent people at risk of losing large amounts of money and/or having their identity stolen.
Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, has issued an urgent warning as reports of this con appear to be on the rise. Jobseekers should be very wary of unsolicited messages, and should never respond to adverts offering large sums of money for minimal effort.