Beware of Recruiting Fraud
Job applicants should be aware of a current job offer scam perpetrated through use of the Internet. The scammers frequently misappropriate and use a company’s logo and photos of its executives to give the appearance of legitimacy. The scam preys upon those seeking employment, and uses false and fraudulent offers of employment with employers, such as Ultragenyx, to steal from the victims. Ultragenyx believes that one of the best ways to put a stop to this scam is to make you aware of it.
No applicant for employment with Ultragenyx is ever required to pay any money as part of the job application or hiring process, and Ultragenyx’s job recruitment process involves in person and/or telephonic interviews in most cases. Ultragenyx does not interview candidates via text platforms such as Google Hangouts.
In addition, Ultragenyx’s job recruiting staff send email communications from “@Ultragenyx.com” email accounts only. Any email that purports to be from Ultragenyx but does not have an “@Ultragenyx.com” address should be assumed to be fraudulent.
Recognizing Recruiting Fraud
The following are warning signs of recruiting fraud:
- You are required to provide your credit card, bank account number(s), social security account numbers, W4s, W2s, or other personal financial information as part of the “job application” process.
- The open position does not appear on the company’s website listing of job openings.
- The contact email address contains the domain “@live.com,” or “.coms” from Gmail, AOL or another personal email account, rather than our “@ultragenyx.com” account.
- Some scammers can make it look like an email has the @ultragenyx.com suffix. To verify, hover over or double click the email address to see the true email address.
- The position requires an initial monetary investment, such as a payment by wire transfer.
- The “employer” sends you funds and asks you to use them to buy start-up equipment (such as software or home office equipment), whether via cash transfer apps like Zelle, cashapp, paypal, venmo, or otherwise.
- The posting or offer letter includes spelling and grammatical errors.
- You are offered a payment or “reward” in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (e.g., for depositing checks or transferring money relating to employment).
- You are asked to provide a photo of yourself.
- The job posting does not mention required qualifications and job responsibilities, but instead, focuses on the amount of money to be made.
- The job posting reflects initial pay that is high compared to the average compensation for the position type.
- The “employer” contacts you by phone, but there is no way to call them back or the number is not active or goes only to a voice message box.
What You Can Do
If you believe you have been the victim of job recruiting fraud, you can:
- Contact your bank or credit card company immediately and direct them to stop or reverse the transactions.
- Ask your financial institution to contact the corresponding financial institution where the fraudulent or suspicious transfer was sent.
- File an incident report at: http://www.cybercrime.gov/, or by calling the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
- Report the activity to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
- Contact the local police to report the fraud.
- Report use of an email account for the purpose of fraud to the email host company:
- for Gmail accounts – https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse?hl=en
- for Yahoo accounts – mark the email as spam and forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Report the activity to the website in which the job posting was listed.
- Report the activity to the company the cyber criminals impersonated. To contact Ultragenyx, call 415.483.8800 or email email@example.com.