Recruitment Fraud Statement
Beware of Recruiting Fraud
Job Applicants should be aware of job recruitment, interview, and offer scams being perpetrated through the use of the Internet and social media platforms. The scammers frequently misappropriate and use a company’s logo and/or photos and names of its executives and employees to give the appearance of legitimacy. The scam preys upon those seeking employment and uses false and fraudulent offers of interviews and/or employment with employers such as Xogene to steal from the victims.
Xogene believes that one of the best ways to put a stop to this scam is to make you aware of it. No applicant for employment with Xogene is ever required to pay any money as part of the job application or hiring process, and Xogene’s job recruitment process involves in-person and/or video interviews in most cases. In addition, Xogene’s job recruiting staff sends email communications to job applicants from @xogene.com or @xogene.recruitee.com email accounts only. Any email that purports to be from Xogene but does not have a “@xogene.com” or “@xogene.recruitee.com” address should be assumed to be fraudulent.
Recognizing Recruiting Fraud
The following are some common warning signs of recruiting fraud:
- You are required to provide your credit card, bank account number(s) or other personal financial information as part of the “job application” process.
- The open position does not appear on the company’s website listing of job positions.
- The contact email address contains a domain other than “@xogene.com” or “@xogene.recruitee.com”, including similar looking domains containing fewer or extra letters or looks to be a personal email account such as “@live.com” or “@gmail.com”.
- The position requires an initial monetary investment or prepayment including for equipment or travel, for which the company sometimes “promises” to reimburse.
- The posting includes spelling and grammatical errors.
- You are offered a payment of any sort, or “reward” in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (e.g., for depositing checks or transferring money related to employment).
- You are asked to provide a photo of yourself.
- The job posting does not mention required qualifications and job responsibilities, but instead focuses on the amount of money to be made.
- The “employer” contacts you by phone, but there is no way to call them back or the number is not active or goes only to a voice message box.
What You Can Do
If you believe you have been the victim of job recruiting fraud, you can alert the local authorities. If you are in the US:
- File an incident report at: http://www.cybercrime.gov
- Call the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
- File a complaint with the FBI at: https://ic3.gov
- Contact the local police to report the fraud.
- Contact your bank or credit card company to close the account and dispute the charges.
Xogene has no responsibility for fraudulent offers and advises candidates to follow the guidance provided above.