Firm caught out by job scam

Members of staff at MAA International Recruitment (l-r) Carol Alexander, Gordon Baird, Moira Swinhoe, David McIntosh and Ian Alexander are dealing with the fallout after conmen used the company's name.
Members of staff at MAA International Recruitment (l-r) Carol Alexander, Gordon Baird, Moira Swinhoe, David McIntosh and Ian Alexander are dealing with the fallout after conmen used the company's name.

A COMPANY from Motherwell this week warned potential victims of an online employment con not to part with their cash.

MAA International Recruitment in Hamilton Road was set up six years ago by Ian Alexander to provide engineering workers to firms through Scotland, advertising through JobCentre Plus and the Total Jobs website.

However recently adverts for stockroom assistants in Glasgow and Dundee have been appearing on the Indeed website claiming to have been placed by ‘MAA International Recruitment’.

Jobseekers responding to these jobs are receiving e-mails from a gmail account in the name of ‘Deen Green’, which have no resemblance to real MAA International Recruiment e-mails, asking for a copy of a passport/ID card, proof of address and a £60 UKash payment for the Government’s ‘vetting and barring scheme’.

The Motherwell Times understands a few people have sent off a payment and received nothing in response leading to the real MAA receiving multiple complaints.

As such the Motherwell firm wish to make it clear this is nothing to do with them and warning people about the scam.

Consultant Zoe Morrison said: “We only deal with the recruitment of engineers, and have 20 or 30 positions in the industry available every week, but stockroom assistants just isn’t the type of job we deal with.

“We understand people applying are being told it is for the likes of B&Q in Dundee or Next in Glasgow, so these conmen are using big name stores to try and appear more legitimate.

“But make no mistake there is nothing legitimate about it, any such job with our name attached to it simply don’t exist and we don’t want anyone else to be caught out.

“We are also deeply concerned that this scam is asking people for a passport, proof of address and a £60 payment and urge anyone who has received such an e-mail not to reveal any personal information and especially not to send any money.

“MAA is a member of The Recruitment & Employment Confederation and it is illegal to charge jobseekers unless it is in the entertainment industry and clearly this isn’t

“We don’t know where this scam has originated from, but looking at the e-mails it doesn’t appear that English is the senders first language and have passed the matter onto the police and the fraud squad.

“People taken in by this have been calling us and are understandably upset, and after six years of building up the business this is damaging our hard earned reputation.

“We just hope that by publicising this, that we can avoid anyone else from being caught out.”

Trading Standards officers in Motherwell confirmed it is illegal under the Consumer Protection Regulations (2008) to take out an advert is someone else’s name.

The Motherwell Times contacted Indeed, but received no response.