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WhatsApp Scam

Keep Your Data Safe

September 2023: WhatsApp Scam

Unfortunately, some job seekers have reported receiving fraudulent WhatsApp messages with the promise of employment from Eden Scott.

Our consultants will never make first contact with you via WhatsApp.

If you’ve received one of these messages, here’s how to keep yourself safe.

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What is the scam?

We’ve received reports that some job seekers have been sent messages via WhatsApp from people falsely claiming to be from Eden Scott. Some messages have also been sent using our consultants’ names. The messages suggest that there is an immediate job offer available.

While we’re unsure why scammers are sending these particular messages, there are a number of WhatsApp scams out there that aim to trick people into revealing their personal or financial information. 

You can learn more about WhatsApp scams here.

What steps can you take to protect yourself?

None of our consultants will ever make first contact with you via WhatsApp. We will also never ask for personal identification information, such as passport numbers or national insurance numbers, using WhatsApp. 

Don’t respond

If a message you’ve received via WhatsApp feels suspicious or ‘too good to be true’, stop the conversation immediately. You should not give out personal information via WhatsApp. 

Report and block the number

Report the number to WhatsApp and to the Action Fraud Team. Then, block the number to prevent further contact. Stay vigilant, as scammers may use multiple phone numbers to contact you.

Update your privacy settings

Update your WhatsApp privacy settings and enable two-step verification. You should also review your privacy settings across all your devices, digital applications and social media platforms.

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WhatsApp Scam
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Is this scam the result of an Eden Scott data breach?

No, we have undertaken an extensive investigation and can confirm that this fraudulent activity is not the result of a data breach. Scammers are targeting job seekers from outside our database. Sadly, this means we cannot prevent them from sending these messages. However, following the steps above can help to reduce the risk of falling victim to a scam.

What steps does Eden Scott take to keep data secure?

At Eden Scott, we take data security very seriously. We regularly stress test our systems, as well as storing only the data that is absolutely necessary. Our team frequently participates in security training. Additionally, we have implemented a system that immediately records potential threats and alerts our IT provider in real-time. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions or concerns you’d like to discuss with the Eden Scott team, please contact us directly.