NOVOS is aware of incidents where criminals are using not only larger corporate brands but now targeting successful UK marketing agencies to post fictitious job descriptions and make fraudulent job offers. Sometimes, these individuals may ask for money, banking details, or other personally identifiable information, or they may direct you to a website to input details.
These scams have become more sophisticated and can appear as legitimate recruitment activities and often appear through third-party websites, direct email approaches or even Whatsapp exchanges.
This scam, or ‘recruitment fraud’ as it is known, is becoming increasingly common in our industry. NOVOS takes this matter seriously and will constantly work to reduce instances of our brand being used as part of any fraudulent, criminal activity. NOVOS will never ask for money, credit card, or bank account information to complete a job application. Furthermore, NOVOS will never contact you via Whatsapp or a similar platform. Great caution should be shown when sharing personal information, and we hope that by highlighting these developments, unsuspecting individuals will not be duped by these scams.
Please ensure that any communications you receive directly from NOVOS are only sent by e-mail addresses ending in thisisnovos.com.
Please ensure that any communications you send directly to NOVOS are only sent to e-mail addresses ending in thisisnovos.com.
Applications for posts advertised through our website provide a form for you to enter your details as part of our standard recruitment processes. Please ensure any forms are on thisisnovos.com.
Here are a few ways to identify phishing recruitment scams:
Be cautious of generic emails — Scammers try to cast a wide net by including little or no specific information. Always be wary of emails which seem overly generic.
Incorrect domain names or email addresses — Check for misspellings of NOVOS or non-thisisnovos email addresses or even variations of novos emails that are not thisisnovos (i.e., gmail.com, yahoo.com, novos-seo.co.uk). NOVOS-approved emails from NOVOS will come from thisisnovos.com and no other variation. Even if an approach appears to come from thisisnovos.com, and it feels off, check the legitimacy of where the email came from and contact us via our website contact form if you have any concerns.
Request for financial information or payments — NOVOS recruiters will never ask prospective employees for payment to apply for a position or as a condition of employment. NOVOS will never ask you to submit login details via a website as part of the recruitment process.
The “perfect” job — A job posting which states extremely high compensation for a position that requires “little skills or experience” seems too good to be true and is likely to be fraudulent.