Security Industry Authority warns of fake security companies asking for advanced fees

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is warning that there has been a recent increase in adverts for fictitious security companies who advertise security jobs, and then ask for training or licensing fees to be paid in advance.

The fraudsters ask for payment to an anonymous money transfer account and then become uncontactable once the payment is made. The individuals posing as these fake companies may advertise on job websites or they may e-mail potential candidates directly.

When considering any job advertisement that they’re not entirely comfortable with, individuals should check that the company is a legitimate security operation before any payment is made.

Consider the following:

*Does the company have a website detailing its business?

*Is the address provided a genuine one?

*Are the contact details given pertaining to a company e-mail or a personal e-mail address?

*Is the company asking for payment by an anonymous money transfer?

*Is the company registered on the Companies House website?

If there’s any suspicion that a security company may not be genuine then no payments should be made up front.

Reducing criminality in the private security industry is a substantial reason as to why the SIA exists. Report any suspected illegal activity via the Regulator’s website or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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