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Read our advice on staying safe when looking for a job

Tuesday 28 January 2014, by

At Gumtree, we want to try and make your job search as easy and enjoyable as we possibly can. However, like everyone, we know that it can be stressful at the best of times so we’ve put together some advice to help you find a job safely.

We recommend that you always research the business whose vacancy you are applying for, both to help you prepare for interview but also to ensure that it is a real role with a real, reputable employer you are applying for. Likewise, you should ask lots of questions about the role, and if the employer is vague about the details, approach them with caution.

Here are some tell-tale signs of fraud that you should be wary of when searching Gumtree for that new job:

  • The employer does not want to interview you, or will not meet you face-to-face
  • The company cannot be researched
  • You are asked to phone the company for interview and they will not phone you (particularly if they provide a premium rate phone number ending in 070 or 090)
  • You are asked to pay for a CRB check or uniform that you need to pay for
  • The employer asks you to transfer sums of cash using services such as Ukash or Western Union

You should also be careful of malware, a technique that fraudsters use to infect your computer with malicious software in order to take sensitive data from your computer. To avoid this you should check your antivirus software is up to date and be careful when opening unusual documents sent by the employer.

Similarly, you should avoid sending sensitive data such as bank account details or passport details when applying for a job, you should only be asked to do this when you’ve met your employer in person. Finally, as always, you should remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

We hope that this information keeps you safe in your job search. And we wish you the best of luck finding that new job!

If you would like any more information you can always visit our help pages or have a look at Get Safe Online. If you have any questions then feel free to tweet us @gumtree or e-mail

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