Police Advice to avoid job scams

With the start of the new term many of you will be looking for part time work but unfortunately, there may be scammers who could try to take advantage of this and try to secure financial information from you.

Fraudsters could use social media platforms to target you and police are aware of students in Portsmouth who have been targeted with fake job scams using Snapchat and Facebook.

PC Mark Walsh from Hampshire Police’s Fraud Investigation Team has three top tips

  • Do your research – if something sounds too good to be true, it often is. Check out the source of the job and whether it is genuine. If someone approaches you about a job advertised on social media, check out where else it is advertised and who is messaging you as it may be a scam.
  • Protect your information – be wary of jobs that ask for money or bank details. These could be fraudsters trying to gain access to your bank account or take money from you.
  • Use the Careers and Employability Service at the University based in Guildhall Walk. The service is free and has drop-in sessions to help you with your CV and applications. They also have a jobs board which advertise genuine employment opportunities.

Visit the Hampshire Constabulary website for more advice. PC Mark Walsh gives advice in the below video.

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