Watch out for WhatsApp - how to protect yourself from recruitment scammers

Sadly, lots of recruitment agencies like ours are being targeted by scammers.

They’re using the messaging service WhatsApp to contact people pretending to be us. These messages often contain fake job offers designed to steal personal information, like ID documents and bank details.

We never use WhatsApp to contact people we’re helping to find work, or our clients.

This means that if you get a WhatsApp that says it’s from Pure, it definitely isn’t.

Our promise to you

We’ll never ask you for financial details or payments in a message or over the phone. In fact, if you’re looking for a job, we’ll never charge you for our services.

If you’re not sure if something you’ve received is from us, talk to your Pure contact, or get in touch with us directly to check. We’ll be happy to help.

What to do if you get a scam WhatsApp message

Don’t reply to it. Press and hold the message, tap on ‘Report’ (you might need to press ‘More’ before this), and then follow the on-screen instructions. If you get a text message you think is suspicious, forward it directly to 7726, a free reporting service run by mobile phone operators.

You can find out more about how to report scam emails, texts, websites, adverts and phone calls on Action Fraud’s website.

If you have any further queries, please get in touch with one of our team.


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David Culley

David joined Pure in 2003 and has since played a key role in our growth. He has a great reputation among our charity and public sector customer base and is responsible for delivering executive recruitment solutions. David became Managing Director in April 2022 and now oversees all our business operations, while also staying close to his customers and being part of the Cambridge business community.

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