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Fake jobs | 'Rec fraud is an epidemic driven by the pandemic'

'Rec fraud is an epidemic driven by the pandemic'

Job scammers have been a part of the recruitment world for some time, as fraudsters prey on hopeful jobseekers to make a quick buck. Since the coronavirus pandemic struck, these fraudsters have risen tenfold, targeting those most vulnerable who have lost jobs due to the devasting impact the virus has had on the economy. SAFERjobs, a UK Government-backed charity working with police and industry, previously reported that it had witnessed a 66% rise in fake jobs during lockdown. According to Sky News, reports of fake job listings also spiked by 70% between March and October, reported SAFERjobs, and now with a second lockdown set to take place in just a few days’ time, concerns have risen that these figures may once again soar. SAFERjobs also shared that it has received 750 reports of...

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