Netsafe continues to receive reports of employment scams including several where organisations have been impersonated on social media pages. Many scams will include accurate information and appear quite realistic at first glance. The people running these employment scams are pretending to be NZ employers and may be trying to get money or personal information from individuals.

Many of these job offers often include information that is not typical in New Zealand such as:

• A monthly salary (New Zealand salaries are normally given as annual figures)
• An amount in New Zealand dollars after tax (New Zealand salary figures are given as before tax)
• Hours of work per day (New Zealand employers specify hours per week)
• New Zealand Embassy contact details

Check if the ad is legitimate

There are a variety of things people can do to avoid applying for fake jobs. This includes:

  1. Researching the company making the offer. Contact the organisation it claims to have come from if you want to check the authenticity of an ad by using the publicly listed information available on their corporate website
  2. Call the New Zealand number provided. In many cases the scammers use software that mimics New Zealand phone numbers to appear real. Call the number to check and if there’s no dial tone, it may be a scam
  3. Read the information contained in the comments of where the ad was posted to see if someone has already flagged this as fake or suspicious

Report a scam

Netsafe can’t open investigations or track scammers, but we can offer support and advice for people who have been scammed or who are about to be scammed. This includes letting you know the steps you can take depending on the scam and offering advice that may help in the future. You can report a scam to

Our help service is open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on weekends.

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