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At Least 3 UK Recruitment Companies Targeted by Fraudsters


The Metropolitan Police have recently worked with SAFERjobs to identify fraud attempted against recruitment companies in the UK. Following a referral to SAFERjobs (, a Metropolitan Police created company, an investigation by the police found fraud being attempted against several recruitment businesses. This led to formal cease and desist action taken by the police but, along with SAFERjobs, they are warning recruitment businesses to be on their guard.

The fraud works by roles being released to recruitment companies by people claiming to work on behalf of a genuine business looking for staff. The business then provides information on potential candidates for the recruitment company to contact. These candidates appear ‘ideal’ for the role and are usually available for immediate start. Hefty financial loss follows whereby the recruiter pays the contractor for work for a significant period without being paid by the employer.

In September last year, research by CV Library found that 56% of recruiters believe job scams and job-related fraud are now a big issue facing the sector. In an article in The Independent in October the Employment Minister Damian Hinds MP advised all job seekers to visit SAFERjobs for advice on staying safe in their job search after it was revealed a third of young job seekers felt vulnerable when job searching.


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SAFERjobs ( was founded in 2008 by the Metropolitan Police as part of their business crime initiative. It has since grown to advise 1m job seekers per year and receives reports totalling almost £500K per year. SAFERjobs is a voluntary, non-profit organisation tackling the growing problem of job scams and recruitment fraud. SAFERjobs works closely with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Action Fraud, Trading Standards, Crimestoppers, and the recruitment industry. The free Safer Job Search service is designed to give confidence to job seekers that finding a job in the UK is a safe thing to do, and thereby showing the recruitment sector as a responsible, secure place to do business.

As well as Chair of SAFERjobs, Keith Rosser is the Head of Screening & Compliance Services for Reed having founded Reed Screening in 2011, the fastest growing pre-employment vetting business in the UK. He is also responsible for all aspects of compliance across the Reed group. Keith is the Board Member and Treasurer of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) which is the trade association for the pre-employment vetting industry ( alongside colleagues from Experian, Security Watchdog, and Risk Advisory Group. He also sits on ECHO (Employers Co-operating with the Home Office which is a sub-group of the prime minister’s tackling illegal working forum), and Chairs Compliance+, the recruitment company audit programme delivered by APSCo.

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