Beware of Recruitment Scams

Anne Marie Flynn
It has come to our attention that both the Faithful+Gould and Atkins names are being used in an ongoing recruitment scam.

Individuals have been sent email messages from various addresses, supposedly from Faithful+Gould or Atkins, offering career opportunities. We understand that the individuals have been sent application forms which ask for personal details (including bank details) and in some cases, the individuals have then been offered a job. We are also aware that there have been bogus job advertisements placed on recruitment websites advertising fictitious jobs at Faithful+Gould and Atkins. The advertisements ask prospective applicants to contact an email address if they wish to apply for the job.

Please be advised that these emails/advertisements are not connected with Faithful+Gould or the Atkins Group in any way.

If you come across a job advertisement online which states that you should contact an email address that does not end in “fgould.com” or “atkinsglobal.com”, you should disregard the job advertisement and contact me, so that we can take appropriate action. If you receive an unsolicited recruitment email from one of the addresses listed below, or from any other email address that does not end in “fgould.com” or “atkinsglobal.com” it should be disregarded immediately. You should contact me with all relevant information, so that we can take appropriate action.

If possible, please copy a transcript of the scam email, rather than simply forwarding it to us, in order to assist our investigations.

We have been made aware that the following email addresses have recently sent scam recruitment emails to individuals:  

  • recruit@faithfulgould.org
  • recruit.fgould@gmail.com
  • info@atkinscorporation.com
  • jobs.wsatkinsplc@hotmail.com
  • hratkins.trainee@gmail.com

How to protect yourself against recruitment scams

Recruitment scams are increasingly being carried out online through bogus job advertisements or job websites, or through unsolicited emails, pretending to be from a legitimate company such as Faithful+Gould. The scam is often carried out in stages – you may be asked to complete an application form which asks for personal details, and you may then be offered a job. The scammer may then ask you to send bank details, or they may ask you to send money e.g. to cover visas or other immigration documents. The emails will often be sent from a Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo account, or use a domain name that is similar to the company that they are posing as. They may also give a telephone number beginning with +44(0)7, rather than having an official telephone number.

DO

  • Contact me to report any suspicious emails or job advertisements to us. We can confirm whether the job is genuine and we will then investigate the email further.
  • Save the suspicious email for further investigation.
  • Contact your local police and provide them with all of the information that you have such as the scam email, any documents that were attached to the emails, and all correspondence that you have.

DON’T

  • You should NEVER send any money, even if you are told that this money will be refunded to you at a later date. Faithful+Gould and Atkins would never ask you for money or to make any sort of payment during the job recruitment process.
  • Do not reply to unsolicited emails offering job opportunities.
  • Do not disclose any personal or financial information such as bank details, credit/debit card details, immigration status or your address.

Faithful+Gould and the Atkins Group are taking this matter very seriously. By publishing this information and investigating the reports that we receive, we aim to prevent scammers from carrying out this activity and to protect individuals from becoming a victim of these scams. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are in any doubt about whether a career opportunity at Faithful+Gould or Atkins is genuine.

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