For the hundreds of thousands of people laid off since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the economy has started to move in the right direction. Job vacancies are steadily rising as increasingly confident companies go on a recruiting spree.
An unwelcome side-effect is that fraudsters have spotted an opportunity to make money from those desperate to get back into work. People looking for jobs are being scammed after answering fake adverts online and being asked to pay for background checks.
Applicants said that fake adverts online, including some on the job search site Indeed, took them to convincing-looking websites. Some even had video interviews with fraudsters before being told they had been given a job while others were sent bogus contracts or emails from