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Advice on Recruitment Frauds

A number of fraudulent activities have recently come to our attention where people are misrepresenting themselves as Anglo American or Anglo American employees via fraudulent websites, lotteries, advertisements or by posing as agencies representing Anglo American.

As a result unsuspecting victims are led to believe that they have secured offers of employment with Anglo American. These are fraudulent and aimed at extracting either money or personal information.

These ‘phishing’ scams (as this type of fraud is known), are (usually) e-mail scams whereby the senders attempt to obtain personal and/or bank details or to extract money for processing the job application or costs related to "work permits" or "visa working papers."

These e-mails can look authentic by including a company logo taken from official web sites and adding convincing details about your personal information taken from your social networking pages. However, these e-mails have no connection with Anglo American, nor do we use these methods as part of the recruitment process.

It is recommended that individuals take care to familiarise themselves with who they are dealing with and be cautious of imitators passing themselves off as Anglo American or any of its employees.

What can applicants expect from Anglo American?

  • Any genuine offer of employment from Anglo American will always be preceded by a formal application and a professional selection process including face-to-face interviews
  • Any communication from Anglo American will come from an email address in the following format: first name.lastname@angloamerican.com
  • Anglo American does not ask for bank details until the formal offers of employment have been agreed by both parties
  • Anglo American never asks for money from either job applicants or successful applicants for any purpose (visas or work permits, housing, training or Personal Protective Equipment).

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

The following are not exhaustive but you should look out for the following signs:

  • The e-mail or alleged contract makes poor use of language and/or contains bad spelling
  • The email comes from an e-mail addresses with a different domain name than expected e.g. mailbox.co.za, live.co.uk, workmail.co.za, infomine.com, gmail.com or hotmail.com
  • If you haven’t applied for a job at Anglo American and gone through a face-to-face selection process then any job offer will be fake
  • If the email or job offer asks you to deposit any money into a bank account to cover any kind of fees, it will be a fraud

What should I do if I am unsure whether a job vacancy or job offer is genuine?

Treat any suspicious e-mails with caution and do not respond. Contact us with details of your query at recruitmentfraud@angloamerican.com

Anglo American is committed to take every available step to expose these fraudsters for who they are and to put an end to their unlawful and fraudulent activities. If you have any queries please send them to this email address: recruitmentfraud@angloamerican.com

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