Fake job ads, websites and phishing e-mails
Scammers use fake job ads, websites and phishing e-mails to trick applicants into disclosing information or transferring money. Fake job ads in social media (e.g. Facebook) or fake websites often contain the following incentives:
- Free meals
- Provision of visas for the country of destination
- Free flights to the country of destination
- Anyone can apply and no training is necessary
False job ads and websites invite the applicant to apply by e-mail / WhatsApp / SMS etc. Name and layout of e-mails are copied from DHL in order to appear trustworthy. In the course of communication, applicants are asked to provide personal data such as a copy of their passport or similar and to transfer money (registration fee, security check, etc.).
DHL never requires applicants to transfer money in advance!
Recommendations for dealing with fake job advertisements, websites and phishing e-mails
If the content of an e-mail is suspicious or if the sender is unknown, we recommend that you adhere to the following safety instructions:
- Do not open any attachments and do not execute any files that come with the email
- Do not click a link in the e-mail
- Never reply to the sender
- Never enter your DPDHL access data if you are not sure that you are visiting the desired website
To effectively combat fraudulent activities, send suspicious e-mails as attachments (drag and drop them into a new e-mail) to phishing-dpdhl[at]deutschepost.de. Screenshots, URLs to suspicious content, photos or other evidence can be additionally helpful, but the original e-mail as an attachment and not just as a forwarding is the most effective piece of evidence.