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Police urge public to be aware of fake online job ads

The Judiciary Police (PJ) have noticed that someone recently posted an online message about a friend who fell victim to a bogus online job ad, according to a PJ statement on Sunday.

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The Judiciary Police (PJ) have noticed that someone recently posted an online message about a friend who fell victim to a bogus online job ad, according to a PJ statement on Sunday.

According to the statement, the victim recently saw a social media message about part-time staff being recruited by a large fashion store. The victim – whose gender was not revealed by the PJ statement – contacted the person who posted the message and registered his or her name as well as phone number.

The contact person did not ask the victim to attend an interview or submit a résumé, and the payment per hour offered was different from the store’s official website. However, the victim was not requested to pay for the service.

The victim only realised that he or she had been conned by the contact person when reporting to work as his or her name was not on the list of the shop’s new part-time staff. The victim afterwards was unable to get in touch with the person who had posted the message. The victim suspected that the only purpose of the bogus recruitment ad was to get hold of his or her personal data.

The Judicial Police urged the public to carefully verify the authenticity of online information and to guard against criminals looking for a chance to obtain personal data or commit fraud.

The police urged job applicants to always contact the hiring company or recruitment agency directly.

The PJ anti-fraud enquiry hotline is 8800 7777.

(The Macau Post Daily/Macau News)
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