Job seekers warned of mining job scam

JOB seekers are urged to be aware of a mining work scam where fake job advertisements are being posted on a number of employment websites.

Executive Director of Fair Trading Operations, Brian Bauer, said the Office of Fair Trading had received multiple complaints concerning the scam over the past month which is targeting job seekers keen to be part of Queensland’s resources boom.

“Unfortunately these unethical people are taking advantage of those who are genuinely seeking work in the mining industry. It is callous behaviour that has no other purpose except to exploit the hopes of job hunters as well as their hip pocket,” he said.

According to complaints made to the Office of Fair Trading, interested job seekers have applied for mining positions on the website by contacting the recruitment company via email. The applicant is then asked to fill out an extensive application form including their home address, date of birth, drivers licence details and tax file number.

Mr Bauer said one complainant was also asked to supply their passport details and work status.

“These employment websites have subsequently been in contact with several of these applicants and advised them the advertisements were false. Thankfully, of the complaints made to the Office of Fair Trading, only one job seeker had paid money after applying,” Mr Bauer said.

He said given the availability of mining jobs, many of which are offering attractive salaries, job hunters need to do their homework before applying.

“Potential applicants should be wary of job advertisements and recruitment agencies promising a highly paid mining job in exchange for personal details or an upfront payment.

“Make sure you do some research to ensure the legitimacy of the work being offered. Preferably contact the recruitment agency or employer direct and obtain further information about the application process and what they are promising before signing on.

“Don’t let the desire of working in a lucrative industry overshadow the need to be vigilant when it comes to handing over personal details or paying money upfront for what could be empty promises,” Mr Bauer said.

For information on consumer rights visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).



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