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Recruitment fraud warning

Warning: false job offers sent via e-mail


Some people have received what appeared to be genuine offers of employment from ABB via e-mail but which turned out to be fraudulent.

"Phishing", as this type of fraud is known, is an e-mail scam targeting many businesses worldwide. The senders are generally trying to obtain personal and/or bank information. They may also be trying to extract money for processing job applications or costs related to "work permits" or "visa working papers".

In other cases, candidates have been asked for payment to secure interviews or guarantee a job.

These e-mails can look authentic, with a company logo or convincing personal details taken from social networking pages. However, these e-mails have no connection with ABB, nor do we use these methods as part of the recruitment process.

What are genuine offers from ABB like?


Any genuine offer from ABB will always be preceded by a formal application and face-to-face interviews.

We do not ask for bank details until the contract has been signed by both parties. Additionally, in the United States, we only ask for bank details after an offer has been officially accepted and the employee has started working. 

We never ask for money from job applicants.

How do I know if a job offer I have received is fraudulent?


Things to look out for include:
  • The e-mail or alleged contract makes poor use of language and/or contains spelling errors.
  • It comes from an e-mail address with a different domain name than expected (e.g., an alleged job offer from Ireland comes from a Russian or Middle Eastern e-mail address).
  • If a job offer from ABB is unexpected, then it is probably fake.

What should I do if I receive a fake job offer via e-mail?

  • Treat the e-mail with caution.
  • Do not respond.
  • Add the address to your spam filter to prevent further e-mails from the same source.

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