Recruitment Fraud Notice
Recruitment fraud is an attempt to deceive a job seeker into handing over money or personal information in return for a fictitious job.
NIQ has become aware of incidents where criminals use corporate brands to post fictitious job descriptions and make fraudulent job offers. In some cases, these individuals may ask for money, banking details, or other personal information.
Typically, scammers pretend to be employed by large and trusted organizations, offer candidates a fake job, and ask for money in exchange for work equipment, application fees, visa fees, travel expenses, or anything of that nature.
Here’s how you can protect yourself and identify recruitment fraud red flags:
- Misspellings and off-looking communications – NIQ only sends email from the @nielseniq.com domain (NIQ employees will never use their personal email addresses for coummuncations, such as Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)
- Money is often requested from you – NIQ or any of our subsidiaries will never ask you for money at any point of the recruitment or onboarding process. NIQ will also never send a check prior to starting employment
- Scam emails will have formatting issues (pixelated logos, typos, etc) – check for misspellings and off-looking communications
- Jobs that seem too good to be true – jobs will offer a very high salary in exchange for little or no experience
- Messages appear to be sent from a senior employee of the company, such as the CEO, or generically from ‘Legal’ or ‘Human Resources’
- Generic messaging – scammers will target many people so the information will be impersonal and vague
- There is an insistence on urgency – scammers try to make you act quickly to prevent you from taking the time to realize it’s a scam
- They make early requests for personal information – although you will eventually be asked for information to establish employment, being asked for your passport details, bank information, address, and date of birth before you’ve interviewed should raise suspicion
What you should do if you think you’ve experienced recruitment fraud
- Discontinue conversation with the senders
- Do not provide any personal information or make any payments until you have verified you are engaging with a legitimate source
- If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, contact local authorities immediately