European Data Protection Digest

Recruitment Scam Targets Jobseekers

ONLINE PRIVACY—IRELAND

January 22, 2010

Bogus recruitment firms are using online scams and follow-up calls to target the unemployed, according to a report in the Irish Examiner. Fergal Brosnan, director of Berkley Recruitment, points out that it is illegal for recruitment firms to charge jobseekers a fee to register their details online. However, recent research indicates the number of false employment advertisements has risen nearly 350 percent. A spokesman for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has stated that a lack of specific complaints in recent months does not mean the scams are not ongoing. Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has warned jobseekers to be cautious, especially when it comes to supplying personal information online.
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