Be aware of scams involving phony job postings.
Over the past few years, there have been instances of fraudulent job offers, misrepresenting GE in the market. People have been offered fake jobs with GE. GE takes this matter seriously, and is working closely with the appropriate authorities to effectively address the issue. By making you aware of this, we hope to avoid, and ultimately prevent, unsuspecting individuals from falling victim to this scam.
What is Recruitment fraud?
Recruitment fraud is a sophisticated scam offering fictitious job opportunities. This type of fraud is normally perpetrated through online services such as bogus websites, or through unsolicited e-mails claiming to be from the company. These emails request that recipients provide personal information, and ultimately payments, to process applications for jobs that do not exist.
How to identify Recruitment fraud?
- The perpetrators will often ask recipients to complete bogus recruitment documentation, such as application forms, terms and conditions of employment or visa forms. The GE name and logo is often featured on the documentation without authority.
- There is an early request for personal information such as address details, date of birth, CV, passport details, bank details, etc.
- Candidates are requested to contact other companies/individuals such as lawyers, bank officials, travel agencies, courier companies, visa/immigration processing agencies, etc.
- E-mail correspondence is often sent from (or to) free web-based e-mail accounts such as Yahoo.com, Yahoo.co.uk, Gmail.com, Googlemail.com, Live.com, etc.
- Email correspondence appears to be sent from an officer or senior executive of the Company, often in Legal or Human Resources. If the email address doesn’t end with “@ge.com" it most likely is not legitimate.
- The perpetrators frequently use mobile or platform telephone numbers beginning with +44(0)70 instead of official company numbers.
- The perpetrators may even offer to pay a large percentage of the fees requested and ask the candidate to pay the remaining amount.
- There is an insistence on urgency.
What should YOU do if you receive such an email or if an acquaintance forwards such an email to you?
Please share the email received by you or by your acquaintance to firstname.lastname@example.org (but see below). The email should include complete contact details with information relating to the fraud suspected.
MAKE SURE THAT THE THREE ITEMS BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE EMAIL. If any one of these three items is omitted, it will take us longer to investigate and identify the perpetrators.
- Original subject line: Retain the original subject line of the email received
- Complete headers: Email headers contain a detailed record of the specific route that an email took through the internet when it was sent. It also helps us identify the perpetrators’ location(s). Unfortunately, forwarding an email you receive will remove the headers, so the best way to ensure the tracking information is included is to insert the reported fraudulent email into a new email. You can do this in Outlook by clicking INSERT > OUTLOOK ITEM > Selecting the fraudulent email.
- Complete message body: The complete, unedited content of the email message should be shared. This should not be changed or edited in any way
Messages from the perpetrator should be saved for further investigation if necessary.
- Engage in communication with the original sender party.
- Forward such emails to any other mailbox except to email@example.com with the details mentioned above.
By making you aware of these fraudulent schemes, we hope to keep you from being victimized, and ultimately to stop these schemes from being perpetrated against others.