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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 or to interview for a position via e-mail but which turned out to be fraudulent. Others have received text messages to their mobile phones purporting to be from ABB recruiters; we will never communicate with a candidate using this method.

"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 or gift cards 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. These emails may also ask you to conduct an interview using Google Hangouts. However, these e-mails have no connection with ABB, nor do we use these methods as part of the recruitment process.

If you believe you may have received a fraudulent recruitment offer, you may learn more about this increasingly common scam and report this incidence on the Federal Trade Commission website.

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 or gift cards 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). Or, from a non-abb email address (e.g., yahoo or gmail.com)
  • The offer was received over social media, such as Facebook.
  • 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.
  • If the account used to contact you is a Gmail account, you may report it using this form.
  • You may report this incidence on the Federal Trade Commission website which helps the government in tracking down and stopping these scams.
  • If you have any questions regarding the authenticity of any communication purportedly by or on behalf of ABB or an affiliated company, please contact us at 888-694-7762.