EVENING STANDARD – A fraudster has conned jobseekers out of thousands of pounds in cash by offering them fake jobs for a fee, an investigation has alleged.
The man, who goes by the name of John Phillips, originally from St. Lucia, offers applicants positions at non-existent companies. He then requests money so they can be “accredited” to start work with a promise they will get the cash back once they start.
But Phillips, who also uses other aliases, then disappears, leaving the victims deep in debt and still jobless.
Phillips finds the applicants on job websites that can be accessed by employers, according to BBC1’s Inside Out. He contacts them pretending to be MD of a large human resources company and invites them for interviews.
Once they are “successful” and offered a position, they are told to pay a fee of a few hundred pounds up front and told it will be refunded once the job starts.