Recruitment Fraud

How to protect yourself from recruitment fraud

We are becoming increasingly aware of fraudsters and scammers claiming to represent psd and enticing job seekers with offers of work.

These fraudsters are phishing for data, and the fraud may involve:

  • Collecting your data to facilitate a fraud at a later time.
  • Offering job roles which do not exist but for which you have to pay fees.
  • Having you believe you have been offered a job which involves you working remotely and immediately incurring expenses, and then never getting the expenses paid back to you.

The above list is not exhaustive.

The warning signs to look out for:

  • You are asked to provide unnecessary personal, financial or login information.
  • You are asked to pay a fee for either an introduction or ongoing costs.
  • You are asked to pay for items such as visas or accommodation, equipment costs or membership of a scheme.
  • There is poor spelling and grammar in any communications and job descriptions.
  • The mobile numbers you are called from change constantly.
  • The callers will not communicate via a video call.
  • The recruiter’s social media accounts have little activity or either no profile picture or a suspicious one.
  • Scammers often create fake websites that mimic legitimate companies. Verify the website’s authenticity by checking for the padlock icon in the URL field, an ‘About us’ page, contact information, and by conducting an online search for reviews.
  • The contact is from a generic email address such as gmail / hotmail etc.


How to check if the approach is genuine:

  • Our emails have the format
  • We do use social media platforms and contact details for all our consultants are available on our website – feel free to use these details to check any communication independently with us.
  • PSD will never request payment from candidates for work finding services


What to do if you have been a victim of recruitment fraud:

  • If you have paid out any money contact your bank as soon as possible.
  • If possible retain any messages and report the fraud to Action Fraud.
  • Report the activity to the social media site through which the fraud was perpetrated.
  • Change any passwords etc which you believe may have been compromised.
  • Please notify us at if you believe you have received a fraudulent communication.