Beware of Scammers Impersonating Realtime Recruitment

We take the security of our candidates and clients very seriously. We have been made aware that scammers have been impersonating Realtime Recruitment on WhatsApp.

People, many of whom we have never had any contact with, have been receiving messages on WhatsApp from scammers claiming to be from Realtime Recruitment offering information about job opportunities. This is a phishing scam.

What you should be aware of:

  • Realtime Recruitment Limited will never request any information via WhatsApp.
  • Realtime Recruitment Limited never use WhatsApp for advertising purposes.
  • All communication from Realtime Recruitment, and our consultants, will be via email, text message or phone call.

Why are scammers impersonating Realtime Recruitment?

WhatsApp is an increasingly popular tool for business communication. This has lead to scammers impersonating a legitimate business, thereby taking advantage of their reputation, and attempting to trick people into sharing personal details and sending money.

Here’s how you can tell the difference between a potential scammer and a genuine Realtime Recruitment consultant:

  • The message was unexpected – We generally do not contact people out of the blue, and on any occasion that we do, it will never be via WhatsApp.
  • The message contains a link – Scammers trying to trick you into sharing your personal information will often send a link to deceptive websites or malware.
  • The message is urgent or pushy – Scammers use pushy language to urge you to respond quickly so you can’t think it through.
  • The offer sounds too good to be true – If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!
  • There are spelling and grammatical mistakes – scam messages often contain many grammatical or spelling errors, may be in broken English and sound unprofessional.
example of a scam WhatsApp message

An example of a scam message

What do these messages look like?

We have included some depictions of real messages that have been received and reported to us – notice the grammatical errors and broken English.

These examples come from an unknown number, though this may not always be the case. Some scammers can create fake WhatsApp accounts that resemble a business’s account. They may use a company’s name, logo, and contact information to make it appear as though they are a legitimate representative of our business.

They may also use publicly available information about Realtime Recruitment, such as our website URL or social media profiles, to create a more convincing impression.

What should you do if you are contacted on WhatsApp?

If you receive a WhatsApp from someone claiming to be from Realtime Recruitment, please be careful, it could be a scam.

Here’s what to do if you receive a WhatsApp message:

  • DO NOT reply to the message
  • DO NOT share any personal information
  • DO NOT save the number that messaged you
  • DO NOT open any links in the message
  • DO NOT call the number that messaged you

DO get in touch to check whether a message is legitimate, we will be more than happy to help!

An example of a scam message

Please contact us if you have received a suspicious message.

+353 (0) 1 652 0 652 (IRE)

+44 (0) 2895 211 121 (UK)