Job Scams In Singapore: How To Identify and Avoid them

The job market in Singapore is in recovery, especially after the Covid-19 Pandemic. Many companies are now actively hiring again, which has increased job seekers in the market. However, with the increase of job seekers, there has also been an increase in job scams.

There are many different job scams, but they all have one common goal: to cheat job seekers out of their hard-earned money. In fact, in the first half of this year, 2022, the highest type of scams in Singapore were job scams which cost the victims around S$58.5 million.

This is a huge number for sure, and quite sad that people are still being lured into these job scams. This blog post will look at some common methods used by scammers and how you can avoid falling prey to them.

Methods Used By Scammers

One of the most common methods scammers use is advertising fake jobs on online classified sites. They will use attractive job descriptions and offer high salaries to lure victims into applying for the job. Once the victim has applied for the job, the scammer will then ask for personal information such as NRIC number or bank account details, ostensibly for “verification purposes “.

They may even go so far as to ask for a copy of your passport or employment pass. Once they have obtained this information, they will use it to withdraw money from your bank account or to obtain a loan in your name.

Another common method used by scammers is selling false training courses that promise guaranteed employment after completion. They will often use persuasive sales and high-pressure tactics to get victims to sign up for the course. The courses are usually expensive, and victims will find that they do not lead to any real job opportunities after completing the course.

Most job seekers out of Singapore receive a WhatsApp or text message from unknown numbers asking them to apply for a job in Singapore. The message will contain a link redirecting the victim to a fake website that looks like a legitimate job portal.

The victim will then be asked to input their personal information, such as name, address, and contact details. Once the victim gives this information, the scammer can use it against them in many ways. Another way is that some of these victims are trafficked for forced labor or sexual exploitation.

How To Avoid Job Scams

Now that we know some of the methods used by scammers let’s look at how you can avoid falling prey to them.

Do your research

As it goes, if the deal is too good, think twice! Often than not, these job adverts will promise you hefty salaries for the little work required. Do your research on the company and the job role that is being offered to ensure that it is legitimate. A simple Google search can help reveal a lot about a company. Be wary if you cannot find any information about the company online.

Check the job portal

If you are using a job portal to look for a job, make sure it is legitimate. Some of the most popular and legitimate job portals in Singapore include JobsCentral, JobStreet, and Indeed. Do not apply for jobs through links sent to you by unknown numbers via WhatsApp or text message, as these are mostly scams.

Avoid clicking on suspicious links

If you are an avid casino player, you have probably come across various links when checking out casino bonuses, such as the PlayCroco Casino bonuses. Although some of these may be legitimate, many of them are not. The same goes for job-related links. Do not click on links you do not trust, as they may lead you to a fake website.

Be wary of personal information requests

As we mentioned, scammers often ask for personal information such as your NRIC number or bank account details. Do not give out this information unless you are absolutely sure the company is legitimate.

Beware of high-pressure sales tactics

If you are considering signing up for a training course, be wary of any company that uses high-pressure sales tactics to get you to sign up. These courses are usually expensive and may not lead to any real job opportunities.

Report any suspicious activity

If you come across any job-related scams, report them to the relevant authorities, such as the Singapore Police Force or the Singapore Ministry of Manpower. By doing so, you can help to prevent others from becoming victims.

Avoid paying anything upfront

Desperation can make you do things you would not normally do, but try to avoid paying anything upfront for a job, no matter how great it sounds. This is a surefire way of getting scammed, and you will not get your money back.

Wrapping up

Job scams are becoming more common in Singapore, as scammers take advantage of desperate job seekers. However, by being vigilant and doing your research, you can easily avoid falling prey to these scams. So do not let yourself be scammed – stay safe out there!





4 Responses to “Job Scams In Singapore: How To Identify and Avoid them”

  • NotMyProblem:

    All job advertised in the Jobs Bank is a scam! Period. It is only to meet MOM’s requirements for hiring FTs.

    Those Jobs advertised else where and the hirer or interviewer is foreigner, it is a scam. You just wasted your time and transport fare going for interview. You will never receive any reply. Your application is just for hirer to show to MOM that no one is suitable except FTs.

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  • Job scam:

    Too many job scam and faked offerings.
    Need to do something about it.
    Some authority is not doing their job to reduce it.

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  • Scams:

    Scams are more often now..
    Not sure why cannot stop at source.
    Make the scammers pay real hard when caught….
    Need to do more to stop them…

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  • fake singapore job ads:

    not many know the number of jobs in singapore are very low. The job ads posted are constantly renewing ads due to the website algorithm where the job ad even though it have been filled up , the company continues to advertise. This is done by the HR to quickly accumulate potential cnadidates in case the current candidates leave…yes , u are actually looking at job ads that are mostly filled up but being advertised as vacant positions. And as many as 1/4 of the job ads are fake ones posted by data miners to mine personal data for their own motives

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