Jobless Swindled by Scams; Mining Industry Targeted

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Byline: Emily Blatchford

A SERIES of inventive and convincing scams continue to do the rounds in Gladstone, and the latest tactic is to take aim at those seeking employment.

The schemes involve fake job advertisements being posted on a number of employment websites, in particular calling for those to become involved in mining work.

Fair Trading Operations executive director, Brian Bauer, said the Office of Fair Trading had received multiple complaints concerning the scam over the past month.

The scam is targeting job seekers keen to be part of Queensland's resources boom.

C[pounds sterling]Unfortunately these unethical people are taking advantage of those who are genuinely seeking work in the mining industry. It is callous behaviour that has no other purpose except to exploit the hopes of job hunters as well as their hip pocket,C[yen] Mr Bauer said.

According to complaints made to the Office of Fair Trading, interested job seekers have applied for mining positions on the website by contacting the recruitment company via email. The applicant is then asked to fill out an extensive application form including their home address, date of birth, driver's licence details and tax file number. …