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Security / Scam Alert

SCMP: Con artists swindled nearly HK$100 million from Hong Kong jobseekers in first 4 months of year: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3179497/con-artists-swindled-nearly-hk100-million-hong-kong

Labour Market and Job Scams: what to look out for, and how to avoid them 

Silicon Valley Associates Recruitment would like to continue to raise awareness with our community and public at large of the potential risks of being scammed should you be active in the labour market.

Our team have received increasing notifications lately from job seekers within our community who have received WhatsApp, WeChat, Telegram, Text and other messages, emails or calls from persons who are deceptively masquerading as employees of SVA Recruitment and also many other recruitment firms in Hong Kong and Asia, and offering potential ‘lucrative’ job opportunities, both fulltime, parttime and freelance.  

Potential fraudsters may change their WhatsApp photos with a recruitment firm’s company logo or image, and create fake virtual business cards or fake social media accounts.

How to Verify if a message is really from us:

1. Silicon Valley Associates Recruitment's team intentionally uses only ONE local WhatsApp Number for any business conducted in Hong Kong and the three other countries we operate in at the time of writing this (May 2022). These numbers are:

  • Hong Kong: +852 6700 6472
  • Singapore: +65 9806 8116
  • Shanghai, China: +86 1951 871 5905
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates: +971 58 586 4016


2. Additionally, Silicon Valley Associates Recruitment uses only ONE WeChat account (ID: SVARecruitment), and DOES NOT use any Telegram account.


3. Furthermore, all Silicon Valley Associates Recruitment business is always conducted using ONLY our company email domain: x@svarecruitment.com.


4. Lastly, Silicon Valley Associates Recruitment never asks, demands or requests for any payment from job seekers as part of ANY recruitment process.


Any message from an individual claiming to be from our employees IS NOT FROM US if it is not from a WhatsApp number mentioned above, the WeChat account is not ID 'SVARecruitment', if it is from any Telegram account at all, or the email domain is not '@svarecruitment.com'. We advise you to please do NOT respond, avoid any communication with such individuals, and do NOT click on any links or attachments within messages.


Staying Vigilant

We finally wanted to share several general tips that will help you protect yourself against potential scammers who may also claim to be any other recruitment firms:

  • Professional recruiters will never ask for any form of payment as part of the recruitment process.
  • Professional recruiters will never use emails from personal domains such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or any other free online mail services to communicate with jobseekers
    Always verify the authenticity of requests for confidential information
  • Take extra precautions, especially when receiving unsolicited messages from unverified individuals
    To verify the authenticity of a message, email or phone call that you receive from an individual claiming to be an employee of a certain company, go online to their corporate website and call their main office number (do NOT rely on social media which can be falsified)
  • Professional recruiters should not ask for confidential personal information during the very initial stage of the recruitment process.


Other steps you can take

If you do receive what you suspect are scam calls or messages from fraudulent individuals claiming to represent any recruitment firm, you can file a report with the Hong Kong Anti-Deception Coordination Centre, and share the details of that individual's account, phone number etc. 


Yours Sincerely,

Vahid Haghzare

Managing Director

26 / 05 / 2022

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