Fraudsters posing as Catalyst

by Chloe Gunn

We recently learnt about some fraudulent attempts to take peoples’ money while posing as Catalyst.

This particular scheme included posing as a Human Resource Manager and emailing an individual recruiting for a position at Catalyst. After some initial job chat, this scammer goes on to suggest that the interested applicant needs to complete training (in this case, CISCO training) to receive the final job offer and can register through them - they just need to transfer $300. Simple right? 

These emails were very thorough and detailed - you would be forgiven for believing them, so here are some tips to ensure you stay safe:

Any communications from us will be from our email domain. This tip goes for all official companies sending communications – always ensure the email address matches the content of the email.

Normal recruitment processes would involve at least phone calls, video conferences or in-person meetings. Be wary of receiving a job offer without these steps.

If a company is offering you a position on the condition of sending them money – be cautious and do your research. Contact the company directly using the contact details from their website.

You can read more about common scams and if you think you’ve been involved in a scam, regardless of whether or not you provided money to the scammers, you can report it on the NetSafe website and CERT.