The Association of Consumers Irache has received so far this year more than 400 inquiries and complaints about fraud related to alleged job offers. Some of the scams are promoted through cuts in streetlights or bus stops or ads in the media but it is more usual to see them on websites or through social networks.
As an example, in the case of an offer of employment that has been forwarded to several Irache partners through whatsapp, five replenishment jobs are offered in a food chain and a salary of more than 1,100 euros is ensured. To apply for it, they ask for a photo and a DNI on both sides.
Then they use the information to get loans of up to two thousand euros or to sign contracts in the name of the user, who realizes the scam when the payments demand it.
As explained by Irache in a note, sometimes even an interview in a cafeteria has been produced with a person who has told the characteristics of the job and in which the consumer has provided their personal or banking information.
After a while, and when the consumer tries to contact this person, the telephone number no longer exists and in the postal address there is no company like the one he puts on the card he gave him.
In addition, social networks have made scams with false offers of employment. Some accounts offer work and refer to mobile phone numbers. However, when the user calls, they are reoriented to a new number, this one of additional charge, although these numbers can not be used to make job offers.
If the consumer calls, they ask constant questions, both personal and work, and according to the duration of the call the costs of these conversations have exceeded in some case the forty euros to the consumer.
Along with this, false offers continue to be made on web pages.
It involves carrying out work that the consumer can carry out at home, such as small advertising items or other manual works, which the company will presumably sell later. The user is asked for money, up to 50 euros, supposedly to order the material with which to make the articles. Once the money has been paid, the user can not contact the company.
Irache has also detected another false job offer consisting of conducting surveys. However, to access the databases for the addresses to which to go, you need to pay 25 euros, a money that the consumer does not recover.
Other times people looking for a job have been used, even for bank fraud or even money laundering. These people have been offered, usually through the Internet, payments of up to 250 euros just by offering their current account to receive a money and then transfer it to another account. In some cases, they have been used in financial crime circuits and even in some cases they have had to account before the courts.
Other people have wanted to access a job offer abroad. In the announcement, data such as the schedule or salary to be received are advanced. With the excuse of administrative and management expenses, such as reserving the position, the plane ticket, processing the situation of the person in the destination country or arranging the rent where the first months will be lodged, we ask that advances be paid up to 160 euros, which will be returned when you sign the employment contract. Once the consumer pays the money, he has no way of contacting the alleged company again.
In addition, as explained Irache, continue to be deceived by companies that promise a job to the user, which is actually a training contract to get a degree or prepare a competitive examination. After convincing the citizen that with the payment he will almost certainly get a job, of which all the benefits count, and after he signs financing of up to 1,800 euros, what comes to his house is nothing more than didactic material or information about course to which you can go.
The association has indicated that in most of the occasions, the training company has everything very controlled and in the contract it is made very clear that it is a training contract and that at no time has a job been guaranteed, despite to that in the interview yes was made see this end. Therefore, even if the refund is claimed, the academy alleges that the contract is being strictly complied with. On some occasion, although it is not usual, the contract is not correct and a lawsuit has been filed against the training company.