Parker Worldwide warns of careers scams in UK
02/03/2010

The Director of UK Marketing firm Parker Worldwide ltd said that too many people are being affected by Scams, the latest is the career scam where these scammers pose as companies’ attempting to trick people into parting with their money.

Online PR News – 03-February-2010 – – The problem is that it’s costing many people not only to waste their time and money but to also walk away from other good opportunities.
There are many great opportunities available across the country that will provide you with success and business & personal development, the key is to find out which ones are good and which are scams. There are few key areas to look for before you turn away a good career or opportunity:

1. NEVER PAY MONEY FOR ANY CAREER?
Just call up before your interview or email and ask if you will have to invest any money, if you do then STAY WELL CLEAR.

2. DOES THE COMPANY HAVE REAL CUSTOMERS, CLIENTS or PRODUCTS?
If you call or email up front and there is no sign of any then STAY WELL CLEAR!

3. LOOK FOR CAREERS ON WELL KNOWN JOB SITES!
Look for your career on well known job boards where they protect their own brand by carefully vetting all their own clients before placing adds.

4. ALWAYS SEE FOR YOUR SELF!
There are many good opportunities out there, just that they are always going to be hard work. Most career scams are just good opportunities that require hard work and dedication. Most of the scam claims for careers come from people with no work ethic, education within the industry or dedication you should always see first hand before making a decision about YOUR career and not a complete stranger’s advice (what’s good for one person may be bad for another). Some competitive companies may also spread career scam scares to prevent competition growth within the industry.

5. ATTEND OPEN DAYS WITH COMPANIES BEFORE COMMITING TO ANY THING.
An open day allows the applicant to demonstrate their full potential in a low pressure environment throughout the course of the day, and gives the company the best chance to make an accurate decision on their recruitment. This transparent recruitment process allows all applicants the chance to see exactly what their roll within the company would be prior to having to make any commitments to the company.

At one time or another we’ve all considered a change in career, a completely different type of job or employment. Maybe you’ve wanted to become an inventor or try and make a living as a writer, for instance. It’s possible, although the odds are against it, that you can make a living from either career. You can look into all types of jobs and training – but one thing you need to be aware of are the number of career opportunity scams out there.

It’s the kind of scam that preys on the idea that people might want to fulfil their dreams and better themselves. With over three million people a year in this country falling victim to scams, there are plenty of victims, and statistics show that the career opportunity scam seems to find more female victims than male (63% of women who had been scam victims had fallen for it) – this scam is a very serious business.

How the Career Opportunity Scam Works
The scam is an ad. It might offer that business opportunity, self-employment that lets you work your own hours and earn a high income – it could be a franchise or as a representative or associate of a company with an exclusive territory. Or it could be a company offering to market your invention or publish your book. Whatever the offer, the ads all have one thing in common, although you won’t know it until you find out more – they all require cash up front. That’s cash you’ll never see again, and the opportunities, if they even exist, will all come to nothing but cost something.

How To Avoid The Career Opportunity Scam
The simplest way to avoid the career opportunity scam – and many scams, for that matter – is to simply not believe what you read. What they offer is a variation on the advance fee fraud. Before you part with any money, you need to know a lot more about the company. Do they have a landline? Is there a street address? Is it a limited company? Do they have satisfied customers/client? If not, STAY WELL CLEAR .

The more questions you ask, the more you’ll know – and a real scam will be revealed very quickly. Simply call or email even go to the interview and ask questions, the main question is how much will it cost you? If they ask for any money stand well clear. Ask advice of people you know and trust before committing to any job where you have to pay for something – a franchise or materials – upfront. That advice might not always be perfect, but it should stop you acting rashly. Don’t agree to become a associate, or whatever term they use, if it costs you money. Be wary! Look into opportunities yourself as many people will call anything that’s hard work a scam, most blogs are posted by people who refuse to work hard and this may just be the reason it’s a scam to them. Still go by the two rules 1.Never pay, 2. Do they have a Customer base, Client or Product?

If there are promises of how much money you can make from what amounts to a few hours work a week, don’t believe a word until it’s proven. You only get paid big money for working hard. Being a doubting Thomas can only be a good thing when it comes to parting with your money – it can save you a lot of grief and financial pain later on from the scams. Never part with your money!

What To Do If You’re A Victim of a Career Opportunity Scam!
If you’ve parted with your money for a scam and received nothing useful in return, the chances of you seeing your cash again are slim. Those behind the scam will have handily disappeared, or at least you’ll have no way to get hold of them. You can inform the Office of Fair Trading, Consumer Direct and the police. They’ll help, where possible, but all too often the trail will stop dead.

For more info email careers@parker-worldwide.co.uk

Parker worldwide ltd was established to service an indentified gap in the market for quality face to face customer acquisition teams in the UK and Europe.