Be aware not to become a victim of fictious business and recruitment frauds
Frauds involving fictitious business and job offers are getting more and more sophisticate. Be aware about what you should know to identify false offers.
This kind of fraud is typically performed by people who introduce themselves as employees or representatives of the company, interested in buying, selling or renting real state, products and services. However, there are several other variations of the story associated to the fraud. Names and logos of big corporations as BP have been used in order to convey authenticity. Frequently, these people have false business cards and other documents who lead people to believe that they are truth representatives. The commercial transactions are apparently normal and, in general, aim to obtain invoices that could be used illegally in future business deals with other victims.
- Observe if false websites URLs or social media profiles are used. If you suspect that the profile is not real, report to the social media administrator so that the profile is removed.
- Be suspicious if the person uses mobile phone numbers instead of land lines. And if the person gives you a land line, call to confirm it is a valid number
- BP's email addresses always end with "bp.com". Be suspicious if the person uses a free email account, such as Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or Live.
- Be cautious if the person insists on urgency. BP only buys goods and services from previously registered suppliers, and this process usually takes a few days and requires the submission of several documents.
- BP and its representatives will never ask for loans of equipments, commissions or advance fees of any amount.
What you should do if business fraud is suspected
If you suspect to have received a false business offer, please contact us on (21) 3385-5900. We also recommend that you contact the relevant authority.
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.
- 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 the relevant authorities.