Dubai: A jobseeker based in India who was almost duped by alleged recruiters in Dubai has warned other job hunters to be wary of unverified employment ads on Facebook.
In the offer letter that Sajeev A received, he was supposed to start work as an accountant at the Mall of the Emirates on September 24, except that the offer letter and visa application sent to him turned out to be fake.
“I saw the job posting on Facebook and contacted the published Whatsapp number. He told me to send my resume and other documents. After two days, he sent me the offer letter to sign and to send back via courier,” Sajeev told Gulf News, from India.
The documents were, however, returned to the sender. It was then that the recruiter told Sajeev to urgently send 4,050 Indian rupees (Dh205) to a bank account in India. Sensing something was amiss, Sajeev asked his neighbour Nabeel — who is currently working in Dubai — to help.
“My sister forwarded the offer letter and visa application to me. Taking a look at it, I felt something was wrong. I checked with Mall of the Emirates and they did say it was a scam.”
When contacted, a Mall of the Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News: “This is a recruiting scam that has no association with Majid Al Futtaim (MAF). For recruitment purposes, Mall of the Emirates only posts official job openings through MAF’s LinkedIn page using specific job numbers.”
The spokesperson added that MAF is aware of the matter and is taking necessary steps to ensure that potential job seekers are made aware of this hoax and protected from it.
The Facebook page where the job vacancies were posted was created in July this year. There were no other verifiable contact details provided in the page. They also posted job vacancies for Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai and Dubai Airports, among others.
Gulf News also received confirmation from Dubai Airport that the job postings were not authorised by them.
My sister forwarded the offer letter and visa application to me. I looked at them and felt something was wrong. I checked with Mall of the Emirates and they said it was a scam.”
- Sajeev A | Job aspirant
Aly Shariff, chief operating officer of Citymax Hotels, cautioned jobseekers as well.
“Citymax is in no way associated with such fraudulent posts on Facebook. We are firmly committed to fair and transparent recruitment and follow stringent HR compliance standards and policies. Any recruitment is routed only through Citymax’s and Landmark Group’s official corporate channels and through authorised external agencies,” Shariff told Gulf News.
“Citymax is not responsible for any posts on our behalf without verified agreements. We advise job seekers to verify the credentials of such posts in social media, and elsewhere, to safeguard their interests.”
Many job seekers from overseas, particularly India, Nepal and Pakistan, had replied to the job posts and, like Sajeev, were told to communicate directly with the poster via Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger.
Diverting job seekers from real job sites not only gives them false hope, but also exposes them to predators who might extort money from them or misuse their personal information.
How to steer clear from fake job ads
■ Apply directly to the company’s job posts on their official websites. Ensure the website is genuine, that the company actually exists, and if the job vacancy is real.
■ Most companies post vacancies on LinkedIn, reputed online job portals or classifieds. It is not common to post on social media, such as Facebook. But if they do, make sure to check if the page is verified first. Look for the blue check mark beside the page’s name.
■ Avoid communicating with people who claim to be HR executives but use personal mobile numbers or personal email addresses.
■ Never provide financial details or pay recruitment or hiring fees to recruiters to “secure the position”. It is illegal as per UAE law.