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