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Recruitment Phishing Scams – Be Vigilant

There has recently been a significant rise in jobs scams, often featuring fraudsters impersonating recruitment companies or consultants.

These scams involve the scammer posing as a CareerWise Recruitment Consultant on social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Telegram and WhatsApp, asking potential candidates for money in exchange for a job or interview. They also phish for personal information such as your name, age and other personal details.

Warning signs when being contacted

Below is a list of warning signs that could indicate you have been contacted by scammer posing as a recruitment consultant:

A purported CareerWise Recruitment consultant requesting you to: 

  • Provide any personal financial details
  • Pay a fee in order to be put forward as a candidate for a role – this will never happen
  • Pay money on behalf of another individual for any reason

Contact from a purported recruitment consultant with:

  • A lack of activity, information, or contact details on their profile.
  • A suspicious profile picture.
  • Poor spelling and/or grammar
  • Communications of any sort guaranteeing employment or income.
  • CareerWise Recruitment will never request direct payment from a candidate.

Warning sites for webpages

There has also been a rise in cases of fraudsters cloning the sites of legitimate recruitment consultancies in an attempt to steal money and/or the personal details of job seekers and hiring managers.

To check the legitimacy of a site, we would encourage you to verify the SSL certificate. In most browsers this can be done by clicking the padlock on the far left of the URL. If it doesn’t have one, this could be a sign of a scam website.

More information

To let CareerWise Recruitment know about a potential scam using our name, please get in touch with your local office here or report it to your local Garda / Police  station.



Cork Office

CareerWise Recruitment. EastGate Village, EastGate, Little Island, Cork.

Phone: +353 (0) 21 206 1900