‘Hundreds’ of jobseekers victims of ‘recruitment scam’

John Phillips

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When confronted by a BBC, Mr Phillips pronounced he did not know what a contributor was articulate about

Hundreds of exposed jobseekers might have been conned out of income as partial of a recruitment scam, a BBC review has uncovered.

A male regulating a name John Phillips is purported to have offering self-existent jobs and charged field adult to £480 in “accreditation fees”.

The BBC found many victims went on to unwittingly partisan serve applicants.

Safer Jobs, an group that fights fraud, pronounced it was a “biggest rascal of a kind”.

“It’s exploitation of exposed pursuit seekers,” pronounced Keith Rosser from a agency, that was set adult with a assistance of a Metropolitan Police in 2008.

“The fact they’d have to be asked to compensate income is terrible in a possess right. The fact a pursuit doesn’t exist is even worse.”

Mr Rosser combined it was “the biggest rascal we have seen of this kind, where gullible jobseekers are used to continue this rascal further.”


Amount of rascal reported in 12 months to Sep 2016


Reports of scams perceived in 12 months to Sep 2016

  • £50,000 Amount of rascal reported in 12 months to Sep 2015

  • 250 Reports of scams perceived in 12 months to Sep 2015

The BBC’s Inside Out London programme found Mr Phillips – who is believed to have used a series of names – combined during slightest 10 fraudulent companies that had realistic-looking websites to harmonise a scam.

Many of a victims described how they were offering positions as tellurian resources assistants during several “companies” after being interviewed in cafes or hotels.

They were told they had to compensate a “accreditation fee” before they could start work and a income would be reimbursed in their salaries.

Some were never given practice start dates, while others worked for months though ever being paid.

Some of those who did start work helped partisan other purported victims.

Scores of reports

Mr Phillips is purported to have been carrying out a rascal given during slightest 2012.

The BBC believes there might be hundreds of victims, with scores of reports on a Scamradar website and online summary play clinging to perplexing to locate him.

One victim, Lucille, pronounced she worked for Mr Phillips for dual months, holding about £2,000 in payments form other applicants.

As good as losing out on intensity earnings, she was asked to compensate for renting bureau space and for business cards. She pronounced she was not reimbursed.

Atiya Ahmed quiescent from another pursuit to work for Mr Phillips.

“I’m really unhappy and unhappy in myself for descending for something like this, though when you’re unfortunate for a pursuit we have no choice though to trust what someone promised,” she said.

When confronted by a BBC, Mr Phillips pronounced he had no believe of a claims and refused to criticism further.

The Met Police pronounced it was not wakeful of any review being carried out into a exchange of Mr Phillips.

Watch a full news on BBC Inside Out London on Friday 21 Oct during 19:30 on BBC One.

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