They’re lying to your face: 5 recruitment scams

  • Post published:08/03/2023
  • Reading time:6 mins read

SpammerYou are at risk of being scammed and cheated on by recruiters who show no moral principles and who are unethical in their business practice.

The bad news? Job scams are out there

Spam number 1. Be it recruitment firms or individuals who pretend to represent a client they don’t have.

They convince candidates to share their resumes for an interesting job opportunity.

However, as there never was a real client nor a genuine job, the resume is spread around in the market with the words that “their” candidate is actively looking for a new opportunity.

Spam number 2. Presenting one or two strong resumes to a hiring company, which are totally fake and purely made up by the recruiter to impress the hiring company.

These fake “candidates” suddenly pull out or no longer have any interest. But in the meantime, the recruiter signed up the client and is now in business. Whilst laughing all the way to the bank.

Spam number 3. A recruitment firm pretending to be a client (so a client company now recruiting), who emails another recruitment firm asking for a detailed quotation.

This is done to solicit confidential business terms from a competing recruiter.

Spam number 4. Recruitment firms who leave 0-star or 1-star reviews on other recruitment firms’ websites, job boards, and Google.

Typically claiming a terrible experience with bad customer service. All is fake just to discredit another recruitment firm.

Spam number 5. Recruitment firms set up a fake personal LinkedIn profile to build a network of connections (read: to connect to potential candidates who in good faith accept).

The LinkedIn profile will have a Western name (foreigner), and a photo from a stock image website.

This practice is typically used by an agency or firm with only Thai or Asian employees.

Learn how to spot them before they get you

SpammedYou can spot them before they get you – of course only if you know what to look for.

When you get a call from someone presenting himself as a recruiter, by all means, listen and talk.

If the recruiter asks for your resume, share your personal email address but ask the recruiter to first email you with their contact details, company name and address, mobile number, and website. Then you can reply to that email.

Just because someone says they call from a well-known recruitment firm in the market, does not mean they do. Many will call and only mention a company name but not their own name.

Or they will only give you their mobile number and not the telephone number of the company. Should be a warning sign.

A LinkedIn profile with no photograph or perhaps instead a logo or another image, could be a fake. If it’s a photograph, you can right-click the photo, then go to Search Google for Image and see if there are other visually similar images (i.e., stock images).

Att. Hiring/HR managers: How to detect the spammer

SpammedIf you are impressed by the approach from a recruiter or love the candidate profiles you are presented, then ask to “meet” the recruiter on a video conference call.

Needless to say, but request that the communication is also moved to emails so you are able to perform due diligence on the recruitment firm and individual.

If you are not familiar with the recruiter or his firm, then ask for a signed letter from the candidate that appoints the recruiter to act as the candidate’s agent and representative.

A recruiter spams another recruiter this way

Spammed againIf the email is not from a company domain but from Gmail or similar, while the person suggests he is from a hiring company, inform the sender that it’s a policy to present your service, fees, and terms to company emails only.

Check with Google if the company domain ending is correct; perhaps the email comes from .co and not the correct .com.

Sometimes I see the fake sender use even the company uses .com for their business in Thailand.

Tom Sorensen

Tom Sorensen is an executive search veteran with over 25 years of experience recruiting in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He has worked in executive search in Thailand since 2003 and is recognized as one of the country’s top recruiters and most profiled headhunters.