Warning to Job Seekers
Beware of Recruitment Fraud and Employment Scams
RiverForest Connections Private Limited is aware that people are being contacted and approached frequently with fake job offers, special assignments, contracts from individuals and organisations claiming to represent search consultants, placement services such as our company. RiverForest Connections is a Global Executive Search Company with operations in US, Canada and India. RiverForest Connections is a member of RiverForest Group a venture capitalized firm. RiverForest Connections name and logo cannot be used on documentation without authority. All RiverForest Connections communication will be in our official email ID @RforC.com and on our letter head with its LOGO and standardized font. All details pertaining to our company and the group can be found in www.RforC.Com;www.RiverForestConnections.Com; www.RiverForestGroup.Com; www.SkillSearchInternational.Com;www.HRMIndia.Com; and so on.
If you believe you have received a suspicious email, please forward it to email@example.com
What is Recruitment Fraud?
Recruitment fraud is on the increase across the globe and India is no exception. Recruitment fraud happens when scammers offer fake job opportunities to job seekers by listing jobs that do not exist, with the aim of getting either money or personal data, for use in identify theft.
Recruitment Fraud tends to occur through fake recruitment e-mails, fake SMS texts, fake URLs (websites), fake social media accounts, job posts, online recruitment services such as LinkedIn or Naukri, Monster, INDEED, DICE, unsolicited emails claiming to be from well-known organisations. Often company employee names and logos are used to try to convey authenticity.
How to protect yourself from recruitment fraud?
Red Flags of recruitment fraud include:
- Strange Mails! The message is a random, ‘to who it may concern”, or not addressed to you personally.
- Unofficial Look! The message does not have a standard official address meant for you, your postal street address, only a post office box or an email address.
- Unprofessional! The message sender is not using their company email ID but using a free email address such as Gmail, Hotmail, Live or Yahoo.
- Unsolicited! Receiving unsolicited communications, unexpected mails and/or offers for jobs you did not apply for.
- Breaking Privacy! Being asked to provide sensitive identification details – like your date of birth, bank details or a copy of your passport or driver’s licence. Genuine employers will not need these details until they have made a formal job offer and you have signed the contract.
- Asking for Training Money! Being asked to send money in advance to pay for things such as: training materials; travel to an interview or job location; work visas; background and or credit checks. If you are being asked for money – no matter what the reason given – you are being scammed. Do not hand over your money.
- Companies pay you! It does not work the other way around. If a company insists that you pay upfront for training or course materials, walk away. Legitimate companies train you after hiring you, at no charge.
- No Money Transfers! Requests for money transfers are one of the biggest signs of potentially fraudulent activity.
- Financial Info! Being asked for financial information to set up a company account or for direct deposits. Remember, legitimate companies won’t require you to provide financial or personal information during the interview process.
- Role is deceptive! Being offered a role without anyone seeing your CV or speaking with you or being offered the role within minutes of applying and then asked to send money for training or undertake a free week trial.
- Salary is out of whack! The salary is way more than you would normally earn.
- Poorly Written Mail! A badly written message full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
- Lack of Job Description! The job description is not clear and does not ask for specialized skills, qualifications, or previous experience.
- Strange Requests! Being asked to set up a Gmail account and contact the hiring manager through Google Hangout.
- Watch for Virus Mails! Getting viruses or malware onto applicant’s computers and/or mobile devices through attachments or links in the job posting or other communications.
- Phishing! Prompting users to try to log into fake accounts; similar to phishing schemes where scammers then record the information entered on the fake site and use it to log into the real account.
- Fake Urgency! Insistence on urgency for you to act on the correspondence received within very short time frames should cause concern and may indicate potentially fraudulent activity.
- Unconventional Forums! You are asked to interview over an instant messenger program.
- WFM! You are guaranteed a work-from-home position.
- Paid to Interview! You are offered payment before being interviewed. The perpetrators will often ask recipients to complete bogus recruitment documentation, such as application forms, terms and conditions of employment or visa forms. The RiverForest name and logo is sometimes featured on the documentation without authority.
- Irrelevant Connects! Candidates are requested to contact other companies/individuals such as lawyers, bank officials, travel agencies, courier companies, visa/immigration processing agencies, etc.
- Fee Kickback! The perpetrators may even offer to pay a large percentage of the fees requested and ask the candidate to pay the remaining amount.
RiverForest Connections Recruitment Practices
RiverForest Connections is taking this matter very seriously and is working to raise awareness and ultimately prevent people from becoming victims of employment scams.
To check if the communication you have received is legitimate, please review the directions below
Verify the email address
- RiverForest Connections Talent Acquisition team conduct email communications via the domain @rforc.com.
- We will never use Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or any other non-official email account to communicate with potential candidates.
Formal interview process
- In most cases the individual being approached has not applied for a vacancy with RiverForest Connections. RiverForest Connections will not offer job without performing a formal interview process. Our recruitment process involves personal interviews, in most cases.
We will not ask for money
- RiverForest Connections never requests money from candidates who seek employment with us. We will never ask for any form of payment as part of the recruitment process for visa fees, taxes, accommodation, background checks or travel expenses.
RiverForest Connections website pages always include: https://www.riverforestconnections.com/
Legitimate information regarding career opportunities with RiverForest Connections can always be found on our website at https://www.riverforestconnections.com/jobs/
What should I do if I receive a suspicious job scam email?
If you believe you have received a suspicious email, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also forward the email you received to the fraud department of the email provider hosting the scammers email address, and request the account be closed:
- Yahoo (YMail etc.): email@example.com
- Google mail (GMail etc.): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hotmail (Live Mail etc.): email@example.com
If you think you have provided your account details, tax file number, licence, Medicare, or other personal identification details to a scammer, contact your bank, financial institution, or other relevant agencies immediately.
Protect yourself from online job scams
The following good security practices are recommended:
- Change your passwords on other online services if you re-use the same password.
- Enable multi-factor authentication and other available security measures provided by your other online services.
- Be aware of potential phishing emails and telephone calls from businesses or institutions requesting your personal details. Avoid opening attachments from unknown senders via email or social media.
- Install anti-virus software and keep it updated.
- Apply all recommended software patches from operating system and software providers.
Your best defence against Internet Job Scams
Do a search on the company name. Compare what you find to the information sent to you. Visit the company’s website. Check the check the URL, or web address of the company – does it match exactly with what you have been sent? Scammers will use a different variation of the website address.
Until you have done your research and know for sure the employer and job are legitimate, you should not:
- Use any contact information in the job posting or on the website.
- Share your personal or financial details with anyone you do not know.
- Register a resume or set up a profile.
- Respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers of employment from people you do not know.
- Do not engage in further communication if you believe the communication may be fraudulent.
Where do I go for more information?
If you believe you have been the victim of recruitment fraud, we advise you to contact your local authorities.
Actions to Take:
- Report all perceived SCAMS to local authorities.
- Contact the CBI or the Economic Offences Wing of the Police
If you are contacted by someone whom you suspect may not be representing RiverForest Connections, or RiverForest Group, please forward the original email that includes the original subject line and complete header information to Contact@RforC.com
Please Do Not:
- Disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know.
- Send any money when applying for a position within RiverForest or candidates searched by RiverForest for its clients. RiverForest does not ask for money transfers or payments from applicants to secure a job as an employee or as a contractor.
- Engage in further communication if you believe the communication may be fraudulent.