Recruitment fraud

Recruitment fraud is a sophisticated fraud involving the offer of fictitious job opportunities

This kind of fraud is normally done through online services such as bogus websites or through unsolicited emails and even text messages claiming to be from BP. The aim of the fraud is to obtain personal information or money.

Warning signs:

There are a number of things you need to watch out for. BP will NEVER adopt any of the below practices: 

  • Request money (e.g. for ‘visa fees’, taxes, a percentage of travel expenses)
  • Request personal information such as passport and bank account details, often at an early stage.
  • Send emails from free web-based email accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or Live.com.
  • Use mobile (cell) phone numbers, rather than office numbers.
  • Make spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Insist on urgency.
  • Issue offers of employment in international locations.
  • Use poorly formatted documentation. 

Advance fee fraud

Advance fee fraud typically involves the offer of a large sum of money, gifts or prizes in exchange for some kind of co-operation from the victim. The aim of the fraud is to persuade the victim to transfer money to the fraudster, typically via a money transfer service.

There are many variations on the story associated with the fraud. The names and logos of large companies such as BP are often used to try to convey authenticity.

 Examples: 

  • A BP executive needs your help to transfer a large sum of money and is willing to give you a percentage of the sum if you can assist. Payments are requested for administrative charges, to overcome obstacles or as a sign of good faith. The name and photograph of a real BP executive is often used.
  • Your email address has been randomly selected and you have won an online lottery or other prize. A small payment is required to release your prize.

What you should do if recruitment fraud is suspected:

We recommend that you do not respond to unsolicited offers of employment from people claiming to work for, or be affiliated with, BP. If you believe you have received a fraudulent communication, we would advise that you contact your local police.