Skanska has had a number of questions from people who received what they thought were genuine offers of employment from Skanska or Skanska Executives via e-mail, but which turned out to be false. The jobs offered range from highly paid management roles to childcare jobs.
False job offer scams have targeted many businesses worldwide, in which the sender is trying to obtain credit card or bank account details or is trying to extract money for work visa or travel costs etc.
These e-mails can look authentic by including a company logo taken from official web sites and adding convincing personal details, information taken from e.g. social networking pages. Sometimes scammers advertise a job on the behalf of Skanska or a Skanska executive on web sites. These e-mails and web sites have no connection with Skanska.
What can real job candidates expect from Skanska?
Any genuine offer from Skanska will always be preceded by formal application and professional selection processes including face-to-face interviews.
Skanska does not ask for bank details during such a process.
Skanska never asks for money from job applicants.
If a job offer from Skanska is unexpected, then it is probably a false job offer scam.
How do I know if a job offer I have received is a fake?
You must be aware that the people who create scams are professional.
Many scams are linked to, what seems to be, legitimate web sites that have professional photos and testimonials etc.
Email addresses used may be from a web based mail server such as gmail, hotmail, yahoo etc rather than a domain owned by the company. The email address could even include Skanska, when it’s possible to change the shown address when, sending e-mails. This means one could receive an email from e.g. h...@skanska.com which was actually sent by web based mail server from an internet café.
The contact numbers are often platform numbers (which start e.g. 0702, 0703, 0704) that are linked to the subscribers own phone number, often a mobile. Whilst the e.g. (+44) code gives the appearance that the person is in the UK, your call is relayed to anywhere in the World. Charges for calls to these numbers are generally high.
What should I do if I receive a fake job offer via e-mail?
- Treat the e-mail with caution and do not reply and do not call the contact number.
- Do not send any money and never surrender personal information, bank details etc.
- Never open any attachments.
- Save all received and sent emails and text messages for evidence.
- Save all documents of transactions and remittances for evidence.
- Report the email/website to the abuse department of the domain used by the scammer.
- Consider report to your local police.
The final basic message is to contact the Skanska Business Unit offering the job directly e.g., the Human Resources Department, and ask whether the job offer is a real one.
Submit the complete email (if possible with full internet headers) to us at cc...@skanska.se with the title ‘Recruitment scam’ for Skanska’s further investigation.