Fake Job Postings and False Hiring Processes: What to watch out for
As phishing scams become more and more prevalent, job applicants should be on the lookout for phishing scams involving deceptive and fake job postings being posted on external sites.
Unfortunately, we have been made aware of instances where individuals have been posing as Human Resources representatives or Radian or homegenius recruiters to makefake job offers. This is an issue we take very seriously, and we work with the appropriate authorities on an ongoing basis to address it. By making you aware of these scams, we hope to avoid, and ultimately prevent, unsuspecting individuals from falling victim. Here are a few things to be aware of in order to help identify recruitment fraud:
When you are contacted by a Radian Group or homegenius Human Resources professional, the email address will always end with "@Radian.com", "@homegenius.com", "@People.Radian.com", "@CareerAlerts.Radian.com", or "@JobAlerts.Radian.com.
If you receive email correspondence from a free, web-based e-mail account such as Yahoo.com, Yahoo.co.uk, Gmail.com, Googlemail.com, Live.com, etc., it is most likely phony. In addition, be on the look out for fake email domain names such as "@RadianCareer.com" or "RadianHiring.com".
We will never ask you to submit your personal information without having you apply on our career site first.
Beware if individuals make early requests for personal information such as your date of birth, passport details, bank details, social security number, etc. We will never hire anyone without having them fill out a legitimate, full application on our career site.
We will never ask you to contact third parties to complete your application or be considered for a job.
In some instances of recruitment fraud, candidates may be requested to contact other companies/individuals such as lawyers, bank officials, travel agencies, courier companies, visa/immigration processing agencies, etc.
Depending on the role, we typically like to have multiple interviews with candidates and at least one in-person or video interview before making the decision to hire.
Frequently, perpetrators of recruitment fraud will conduct the entire hiring process over email and will often ask candidates to complete bogus recruitment documentation, such as application forms, terms and conditions of employment, or visa forms. In these cases, the Radian or homegenius name and logo may fraudulently be featured on the documentation. We’ve also found that recruitment scams can take place over text messaging. Perpetrators frequently use local presence dialing technology to mask their phone number, and have it appear as though it’s coming from somewhere in the United States when it is not.
We do not use Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Trillian, Telegram, or other third-party messaging platforms to conduct interviews.
The typical interview process usually starts with a conversation on the phone with one of our recruiters. Virtual Zoom or Team meetings (sent directly from Radian) also may comprise part of the intervbiew process. Learn more about Radian's recruitment process here.
Our typical hiring process usually takes several weeks.
The hiring process at Radian usually takes some time. But, with perpetrators of recruitment fraud, there is usually an insistence or urgency to get a candidate hired. Use caution.
We will never ask you for payment in exchange for being considered for a job or ask you to deposit a check into your personal bank account.
At no time throughout the hiring process will a Radian Human Resources professional or recruiter ask you to make any type of payment in order to be considered for a role. We’ve found that in some cases of recruitment fraud, individuals may send candidates a check to deposit, then inform the candidates they have overpaid and will request a partial refund.
If you feel you are falling victim to recruitment fraud, or something just doesn’t feel right, please contact your local authorities or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.