26 August, 2021
Scammers are offering fake job opportunities in QLD
Groups operating around the globe are now targeting vulnerable job seekers in the sunshine state.
Scammers posing as Ergon Energy’s recruiters are targeting financially vulnerable job seekers in Queensland into a fake scheme of employment proposals.
The deceitful strategy identifies “potential candidates” and lures them with a non-existent paying job, usually work-from-home. The victim is required to provide personal information, security checks and payments as a guarantee of progress within the application.
“These scammers are randomly contacting people offering fictional employment opportunities within Ergon and asking for personal identification and demanding payments for a bogus application process,” Executive General Manager Services, Belinda Watton, said.
“We’ve also heard of Queenslanders being contacted by dodgy operators claiming to represent us or our parent company, Energy Queensland, with most approaches coming through online job boards, direct emails, or from fake identities claiming to be affiliated with sites like LinkedIn.”
Ms Watton clarifies that Ergon doesn’t randomly offer employment to people who haven’t applied for a role and never ask for payment to process an application.
Reports of suspicious SMS, emails, or calls can be sent to ScamWatch.