Dodge the Scammers: DevEngine Guide to Outsmarting Recruitment Fraud

Welcome to the digital jungle, where opportunities and scammers grow side by side. In this article, we navigate the tricky terrain of tech recruitment fraud. As DevEngine has scaled up, attracting clients from across the US and Canada and technical talent from across LATAM, some less-than-savory characters have also turned their attention our way. Thanks to the AI boom, expect an Oscar-worthy performance in scam sophistication. But don’t worry, the plot is always the same: they’re after your precious data and hard-earned cash. As long as you keep this in mind and follow some simple DevEngine-specific guidelines – you will be safe in your search for a perfect job opportunity. Use your gut feeling… and our guidelines below.

Designated points of contact: we have narrowed down the number of people here at DevEngine who are in charge of the initial candidate outreach. If you are new to DevEngine and anybody other than Andres Pithod Saez, Anton Poseshchennyy, or Maria Jose reach out to you – it’s a scam. Once you become part of DevEngine network, you will start communicating with more of our team members through the process.

Research the recruiter to protect yourself from recruitment fraud. It is crucial to thoroughly research the recruiter associated with a job activity. Verify their legitimacy by checking their LinkedIn profile, social media presence, etc. Do pictures match across profiles, are there recommendations on LinkedIn, does the profile look real? If you see any discrepancies – walk away.

No sensitive information upfront: requesting money from applicants simply has no place in DevEngine recruitment process – it’s just that simple. No training costs, background check fees, or equipment expenses, if you are asked to transfer money – walk away. We will not ask you upfront for your date of birth, banking info, credit card, Payoneer account, copies of your identity documents, any logins, etc. We recommend that you don’t volunteer any info other that your resume, email address, and general location information early in the job hunt process.

Be aware of the fraudulent use of company information: deceptive use of company information is a common trick in recruitment scams. To look credible and trustworthy, fraudsters will often create fake job postings or impersonate legitimate companies. They cunningly use authentic logos, names, and other detailed corporate specifics that may initially deceive you into believing the role is real. Always double check that emails come from DevEngine domain which is Fraudsters will often create a domain account that resembles the legitimate one as closely as possible.

No WhatsApp – we don’t use this app at DevEngine at all. If you get approached for a job search related opportunity on WhatsApp, rest assured that it’s a scam and report it accordingly. Here’s a real screenshot of a fraudulent recruitment message on WhatsApp.

Fraudulent message example

This example screams scam. The name, the platform, the approach, the language – all wrong. Remember, if it’s on WhatsApp and it’s about a job at DevEngine, it’s as fake as a virtual reality unicorn.

No single way of communication: scammers tend to prefer texts and online chats because they allow them to maintain anonymity and make it harder for you to trace their identity. By limiting communication to these platforms, scammers can avoid being easily identified. If you get pinged by a “recruiter” who exclusively communicates through texts or online chats and is too cool or busy to jump on a video call, it’s a sure sign of fraud.

Secure Connections: DevEngine company website and all recruitment activities are conducted through secure connections (look for “https” in the URL). This helps prevent scammers from accessing your personal information through unsecured channels.

No client interview – no job offer! Most scams and personal information collections happen at the job offer stage when you become excited about the possibility of landing a challenging well-paying job. Just remember, no real job offers ever happen before you interview with the actual client. Common sense idea for you to keep in mind, if you haven’t been grilled by a client over a technical interview and most likely 2 or 3 of them – the job offer is a fake. DevEngine will never extend an offer without putting you through our internal pre-screening process and client-facing interviews.

Stay alert and keep those scam radars up. With these tips, you’re set to navigate the tech job market safely. Here at DevEngine, we are very much looking forward to exploring new career opportunities with you.