How to protect yourself online when applying to job ads

Jora and Jora Local work hard to ensure all ads on our sites are posted by legitimate employers. There are occasional times when job ads that appear legitimate are posted by source that turns out to be untrustful. After applying to the ad, they will ask for personal or financial information from job seekers. We are always working hard to identify these ads as soon as possible to remove them.

Here are some tips to help you, as a job seeker, identify when a job opportunity may be suspicious or not what it seems.

Opportunities that appear too good to be true usually are. Be wary of advertisers or employers requesting the following: - An upfront fee (e.g. for things such as ‘processing’ your application, or to obtain any certificates). A genuine advertiser or employer WILL NOT ask you for money or your bank, or credit card details. - Acceptance of a money transfer where you can retain a portion as ‘payment’. - Bank or credit card details. - A copy of your driver’s licence. - Tax file number. This information should only be provided once you have accepted a genuine job offer. - Non work-related personal information, such as your appearance, or marital status. - Any other personally identifying information.

Always check the legitimacy of any job ad, email address, or employer that seems suspicious before you respond. For example, large well-known companies usually do not include Hotmail, Yahoo, or other free email addresses in their ads. If you have any concerns, call the company directly to verify.

How do I report a job ad or fraudulent activity?

If you have any concerns over the legitimacy of a job ad, report it to Jora or Jora Local immediately, providing a link to the ad or a copy of the email. A ‘report this ad’ link can be found at the bottom of all ads on Jora. On Jora Local, please email support@joralocal.com.au. We will remove any fraudulent ads and alert other candidates or advertisers.

Report it to the ACCC who will investigate misleading job and business opportunities or emails.

What do I do if I have already sent my details to a fraudulent advertiser?

Jora and Jora Local endeavour to ensure that all job ads on our sites are for legitimate job opportunities. If personal details have been provided, please contact local authorities for advice.

Bank details: if you have provided your bank details, please immediately contact your financial institution.

Fraud and identity theft: If you feel your identity is compromised, please contact the police. Jora and Jora Local will work closely with the police should they request any details.

Things to remember

Scammers are becoming more sophisticated in the ways they operate. If you have provided details to a fraudulent ad it is common to feel angry, deceived and anxious. Reporting the ad to Jora or Jora Local, contacting your financial institution, and alerting Scamwatch/ACCC are all steps you can take to help us learn more about these types of ads and improve security for job seekers.

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