Bunnings, Kmart fake scam scams targeted job seekers on Facebook

Desperate Australian job seekers are being targeted with fake job ads, promising well-paid placements at Bunnings or Kmart.

New scam ads on social media are offering competitive hourly rates at retailers through Facebook posts by scammers.

The ultimate goal of the stunt is to get job seekers to hand over their sensitive information via WhatsApp.

Bunnings Australia confirmed it was aware of the scam on Friday, confirming it was working to take it down.

“One of the latest scams is a Facebook post asking for your personal data via WhatsApp to apply for a job with us,” the retailer said.

Another is an email with an offer to win a Bunnings Gift Card if you click on a link. We put a lot of time and effort into recruiting our amazing team, and are in no way associated with this activity.

“We also do not ask for personal information or banking details in unsolicited communications.”

The fake ad offers jobs with hourly rates of $48 to $75 for part-time or full-time work with Bunnings branding and clean punctuation making it more attractive to job seekers.

“Just complete work assignments online on your phone. Anyone with free time can apply,” reads one ad.

7News I also reported similar fraudulent job postings, which offer well paying jobs at Kmart.

“We are aware that there are some fake job postings appearing on social media and we are reporting them,” Kmart said.

ACCC’s Fraud Hour describes how scams work.

He warns that scammers trick victims into handing over money or personal details by offering a “guaranteed” way to make money quickly with minimal effort.

“If you provide your bank account details, the fraudster may use them to steal your money or commit other fraudulent activities,” says Scamach.

“Beware of unsolicited ‘work from home’ opportunities or job offers, especially those that offer ‘guaranteed income’ or require you to pay an upfront fee.”

So far this year, Australians have been conned out of $3.9 million by recruitment and employment scams.

Bunnings and Kmart prompted potential job seekers to get in touch directly

Anyone who sees a scam should report it to Consumer Monitor’s ScamWatch.

Originally published as Bunnings, Kmart Caught in Job Scam

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