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Data Protection Commission

Advice issued to job seekers by the Data Protection Commissioner:

"Take extra care with your personal data"

The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes today issued advice to job seekers to take great care when supplying their personal details for job applications.  He is issuing this advice following the receipt of complaints to his Office in recent days from persons who have applied for jobs which turned out to be fake. 

Speaking today the Commissioner indicated, "I am very concerned that in the current economic climate criminals are trying to take advantage of job applicants.  They seem to be seeking personal details for identity fraud purposes.  Job seekers are being asked to supply details that are totally unnecessary and likely to be used to perpetrate fraud either against that person or in their name.  I am asking all job applicants to be extra careful when supplying personal details and to verify the identity of any potential employer that seems to be seeking a lot of personal data."

One of the scams works by advertising a job position and, following the receipt of applications, asking individuals to supply more personal details to facilitate Garda vetting.  There are a limited number of employment positions for which Garda vetting is required (persons in contact with children & vulnerable adults etc) and in all circumstances the individual must sign a detailed consent form agreeing to the vetting.  If you are asked to provide personal information for Garda vetting without signing the detailed consent form, you should refuse.

It is likely that there are a number of other variations to this scheme that may be used by criminals to encourage individuals to provide their personal details, apparently to facilitate a job application. Accordingly job applicants are encouraged to verify the identity of any potential employer that is seeking unnecessary personal information in advance of a person taking up a position of employment.  For instance, bank account details, PPSN details, mother's maiden name, passport details etc. are all entirely unnecessary at job application stage and should not be supplied unless an applicant is absolutely certain that they are dealing with a genuine employer.

Any person who is worried that they may have supplied their personal details in these circumstances should consider contacting their financial institution and informing them about the circumstances in which they handed over their information.  The financial institution or the individual may then consider it necessary to make contact with the Irish Credit Bureau, explain what happened and ask for an indication to be placed on their credit history that extra checks of identity should be made by any financial institution seeking to access their credit history in relation to a loan or credit card application.

Anyone seeking advice on these matters can contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner at lo-call 1890 252 231 or by email at info@dataprotection.ie