We will continue to take action to try to prevent recruitment scams. We report any apparent fraudulent activity to the relevant authorities, including the police.
It has come to our attention that various individuals and organisations are contacting people offering false employment opportunities at Balfour Beatty. Such scams are fraudulent and intended to steal from the victims.
We take this matter extremely seriously and are working with the appropriate legal authorities to stamp out such fraudulent schemes.
By making you aware of this, we hope to avoid and ultimately stop victims falling for this scam.
What is recruitment fraud?
Recruitment fraud is a sophisticated fraud offering fictitious job opportunities. It is normally done through online services such as bogus websites, or through unsolicited emails claiming to be from Balfour Beatty.
These emails ask recipients to provide personal information, sign bogus letters of employment, organise UK working visas and ultimately payments to progress false applications.
How to identify recruitment fraud
- The perpetrators will often ask recipients to complete bogus recruitment documentation, such as application forms, terms and conditions of employment or visa forms. The Balfour Beatty name and logo is often featured on the documentation without authority.
- There is an early request for personal information such as address, date of birth, CV and passport details.
- Candidates are requested to contact other companies/individuals such as lawyers, bank officials, travel agencies, courier companies or visa/immigration processing agencies.
- Email correspondence is often sent from (or to) free web-based email accounts such as Yahoo.com, Yahoo.co.uk, Gmail.com, Googlemail.com and Live.com.
- The perpetrators frequently use mobile or platform telephone numbers beginning with +44(0)70 instead of official company numbers.
- The perpetrators may even offer to pay a large percentage of the fees requested and ask the candidate to pay the remaining amount.
- There is an insistence on urgency.
Any communication received from email addresses such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com have not been sent from Balfour Beatty plc or any of its subsidiaries and should not be responded to.
Balfour Beatty employment policies and processes in the UK involve personal interviews in most cases and candidates who seek employment with us in the UK are never required to pay us any sum of money in advance. To do so would be contrary to our business conduct guidelines and ethical practices.
What should you do?
- Respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers of employment from people with whom you are unfamiliar.
- Disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know
- Send any money. Balfour Beatty companies in the UK do not ask for money transfers or payments from applicants to secure a job or a visa to enter into the UK, either as an employee or as a contractor
- Engage in further communication if you believe the communications may be fraudulent
- If you think you have received a fraudulent communication, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and MAKE SURE THAT IN YOUR EMAIL YOU INCLUDE THE THREE ITEMS BELOW. If your email is missing any one of these three items, it will take us longer to investigate and identify the perpetrators.
- Original subject line: Please do not change the original subject line of the email you received
- Complete headers: Email headers contain a detailed record of the specific route that an email took through the internet when it was sent to you. This means it can help us identify the perpetrators' location(s). Full header information is included in every email that is sent.
- Complete message body: Please include the complete, unedited content of the email message in question. Do not change or edit the message in any way
- Save messages from the perpetrator for further investigation if necessary
- We strongly suggest you contact your local police and provide them with all information you may have from the perpetrators
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