The recent warning issued by the REC regarding a fraudster who has been ëconning agenciesí is a sad reflection on those parts of the recruitment sector which are obviously are not doing their jobs properly. Thatís according to Aisling Tighe, Managing Director of Perriam & Everett, a firm which places headhunters, recruiters and resourcers worldwide.
The scam involves the fraudster setting up a false company and then contacting an agency asking for a temporary worker with a very specific skill set. Within days, the agency is sent a fake CV of someone with such skills, which secures its fictitious owner a job with the non-existent company. The agency then pays the wages of the temporary worker, after which both client and candidate disappear into thin air!

ìAny agency that has lost money to this scam is obviously not undertaking a client visit or doing any form of research or credit checking on the client companyî, says Aisling Tighe. ìNor are they reference checking or identity checking their temporary candidates ñ two of the very cornerstones of the REC code of practice which states: ëMembers should document all key stages of the recruitment process in line with relevant legislation and good practice guidance.íî

ìWhile obviously it is devastating to be the victim of fraud, perhaps if some of these firms had adhered to a more robust set of professional set of standards when dealing with clients and candidates, the fraudsters would not have seen the sector as such easy prey.î