Many fake recruiting agencies have been targeting job seekers in the Kingdom through social media networks, it emerged. Sources said expatriates were the major victims with many ending up in a miserable state after paying money to these fake recruiters, mostly through online transfers.
“There are many job sites and other popular sites, where advertisements can be placed for free and these fake recruiters are misusing this online facility to trap jobseekers. “Following the submission of applications, these recruiters invite jobseekers for an interview. An interview is staged to convince the jobseekers, who are later informed that they have been successful. “The cheating comes next. Fake offer letters are provided to job seekers and these recruiters ask them to pay huge amounts beginning with BD250 in placement fee and most of them would fall in the trap.
“After paying the money, job seekers are asked to wait for a month, cheating them in the process.” Speaking to Tribune, a jobseeker said he was contacted by one of these fake recruiters, who offered a job with a high salary.
“I saw the job advertisement online and applied. Within the next few hours, I would get a call from an agency saying that I have been short-listed for the interview. “I was asked to come near a prominent landmark in Gudaibiya. As I reached, they asked me to come to a building nearby. I was shocked to see that the agency did not have any office in that building. And the people who interviewed me hardly had any knowledge in my field.