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Bogus job offers via email

NHSScotland Counter Fraud Services has received intelligence in relation to risks to individuals who are seeking employment in the National Health Service (NHS) across the UK.

Both home and foreign nationals receive unsolicited emails offering NHS jobs in the UK, including Scotland. The objective of such job offers is to trick job seekers into paying advance fees (supposedly for an International Worker’s Certificate and Registration Card).

Applicants receive the bogus job offers via email with scanned appointment letters, work confirmation, and employment contracts from well known UK employers. Applicants then contact the UK employer, who is unaware of the job offer.

The applicants are later sent instructions to contact specified travel agencies, immigration firms, and solicitors in the UK, who would purportedly assist them in the processing of their work permits and visas (International Worker’s Certificate and Registration Card).

Individuals seeking work in the NHS in Scotland should only engage with official Human Resource Departments in relation to gaining employment. Individuals should not, under any circumstances, make advance payments to unsolicited agencies or companies who make employment offers by email, for work within the NHS in Scotland.

Contact details for Human Resource departments can be obtained by contacting the relevant health board or visiting their website.

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