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Crooks ‘creating fake job sites to scam expats’

Authorities in the region have identified and dismantled a number of fraudulent recruitment sites in recent weeks

Crooks ‘creating fake job sites to scam expats’

Conmen are reportedly setting up bogus websites to advertise fake job vacancies and get users’ credit card details by charging them a registration fee.

Emirates247 revealed the websites are “professional looking” with sophisticated search engine optimisation (SEO) so they are visible in jobseekers’ internet seaches.

The websites – aimed predominantly at expats – are being used to advertise fake job openings in high profile companies and government agencies across the Gulf.

Users are charged a registration fee of between AED150 - AED500 ($40 - $136) to browse the list of adverts and are asked to provide their credit card details to process the fee.

According to the website, authorities have already worked with domain hosting companies and registrars to dismantle several such fraudulent websites.

However, it reported that authorities had noted that the websites were often placed higher in search engine rankings than the actual company’s recruitment page, making them look more credible and potentially damaging to the company’s brand.

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