Fraudsters can offer fake jobs to help them commit a number of scams.
But if you know what to look out for and what to do, you can protect your money.
One of the biggest fake job scams is to get people to use their own bank account to move stolen money.
This is known as ‘money muling’ or ‘money laundering’. It’s a serious crime. Often it can target students or those with money problems.
Tips to avoid fake job scams
If you're asked to use your own bank account to move money, turn it down. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing is wrong, you could be prosecuted.
Fraudsters use fake jobs and get rich quick schemes to find ‘money mules’.
A real job would never ask you to use your bank account to move money. Or to use an account in another person’s name.
Any job that pays you to take money into your account then move it to another account is a scam.
And there’s no legal reason that a job would need to know your user ID or password. So keep your Internet Banking details safe.
Tell your family know about ‘money muling’ as it can help them to avoid it.
Ask them about their job to make sure they don’t fall for a scam like this.