Be aware of scams involving fake job postings

Recently, we have received reports of fraudulent job offers, misrepresenting Elekta in the market. People have been offered fake jobs with Elekta. We take this matter seriously, and are working with the appropriate authorities to address the issue. By making you aware of this, we hope to avoid, and ultimately prevent, unsuspecting individuals from falling victim to this scam.

What is Recruitment fraud?

Recruitment fraud is a sophisticated scam offering fictitious job opportunities. This type of fraud is normally perpetrated through online services such as bogus websites, or through unsolicited e-mails claiming to be from the company. These emails often ask recipients to provide personal information, purchase equipment, or make payments to process applications for jobs that do not exist.

How to identify recruitment fraud?

  • The perpetrators will often ask recipients to complete bogus recruitment documentation, such as application forms, terms and conditions of employment or visa forms. The Elekta name and logo might appear on the documentation without authority.
  • The perpetrators will often ask for personal information such as address details, date of birth, CV, passport details, or bank details. Candidates may be requested to contact other companies/individuals such as lawyers, bank officials, travel agencies, courier companies, or visa/immigration processing agencies.
  • The fraudulent e-mail correspondence is often sent from (or to) free web-based e-mail accounts such as Yahoo.com, Yahoo.co.uk, Gmail.com, Googlemail.com, Live.com. A legitimate job offer from Elekta will never come from a web-based or free e-mail service. If the email address doesn’t end with “@elekta.com" it is not legitimate.
  • The fraudulent e-mail correspondence appears to be sent from an officer or senior executive of the Company, often from the Board of Directors, Legal or Human Resources.
  • The perpetrators may even offer to pay a large percentage of the fees requested and ask the candidate to pay the remaining amount.
  • There is an insistence on urgency.

What should you do if you receive a suspicious recruitment email?

  • Do not engage with original sender
  • Do not forward the fraudulent email
  • Report the scam to federal authorities: the FBI, via the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC).

Avoid and Report Scams

One unfortunate byproduct of having a trusted brand name is that from time to time unscrupulous people misuse a company's brand or tradename to scam and defraud others. Here are a few common scams, and ways that you can avoid and report the scam to law enforcement.

By making you aware of these fraudulent schemes, we hope to keep you from being victimized, and ultimately to stop these schemes from being perpetrated against others.

Be Aware of Social Engineering Scams.

No, you probably haven’t won the lottery. You can’t make that much money working from home. If the deal seems too good to be true, question it and protect yourself.

Here are some tips to avoid scammers and stay safe on the web:

Beware of Unsolicited or "Free" Gifts

A message is probably a scam if it claims you're a winner or offers a quick and easy way to make money or get a job. If you receive a message like this, don’t be tempted to respond or start filling out the application form. Even if you don’t hit the “submit” button, you might still be sending your information to scammers if you start entering your information into their forms.

If you see a message from someone you know that doesn’t seem like them, their account may have been compromised by a cyber criminal who is trying to get money or information from you. Be careful how you respond. Call your friend or use another communication method to verify if the questionable correspondence is legitimate.

Common scam tactics include urgently asking you to send  money, claiming to be stranded in another country or saying that their phone has been stolen so that they cannot be called. The message may also tell you to click on a link to see a picture, article or video, which actually leads you to a site that might steal your information.

Do Your Research

When applying for jobs online, research the company and be wary of strangely-worded communications. Watch out for scams using the Elekta brand or the brand of other legitimate businesses. Elekta does not run a lottery. We will not charge training fees for new employees. We will not send you an upfront payment before new hire orientation.

If you receive an email saying you have been hired by Elekta, but you have to pay a training fee before you can start, it is a scam.

Additional help

Several organizations may help you report and resolve any complaints.