WHAT IS A Job Scam?
These scams often involve online job ads seeking would-be male social escorts. Victims who respond are told they would be introduced to wealthy female clients, but only after they pay a registration fee. After payment, the scammers ask victims for other fees such as for insurance and membership before disappearing with the money.
In another variation of the job scam, scammers place online job ads for assistant purchasers, stock takers or participants for a system trial on popular classified websites like Gumtree. Participants are asked to reveal personal details like their names, IC numbers, phone numbers, phone security codes and one-time passwords (OTP). Information like this allows scammers to access your mobile phone lines to purchase online credits.
In one variant, scammers will offer jobs that require applicants to do the following in return for a small commission:-
a) Processing fund transfers by receiving money into their personal bank accounts and then transferring the money out through online banking or money transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram
b) Open bank accounts using their names for a business, or
c) Receive a donation into their personal bank accounts and assist to deposit the money into a crypto kiosk.
In the last variant, scammers will offer "Affiliate Marketing" jobs where victims are asked to help boost sales of sellers by making payments for products to private bank accounts in return for commissions.
Victims will come to know of such dubious job offers through unsolicited SMSes, Whatsapp messages or Facebook.