KION Group has issued a warning about fraudulent job advertisements for the group online. Among other things, the perpetrators hold interviews with applicants before, for example, requesting money for software or commission, explains Ruth Schorn, Chief Compliance Officer at KION Group in Frankfurt am Main. She is now receiving reports practically every week about occurrences of this type from all parts of the group. “Someone is using the KION name and publishing fraudulent job advertisements online”, she reports.

Applicants can protect themselves by checking the KION Group website to see whether they are actually able to find the advertised position there, too. If applicants are unable to find the position on the website, they should call the KION Group human resources department to clarify whether the opening actually exists. Data can be obtained only via the KION Group websites and should only be sent to the e-mail address provides on the websites. Applicants should only use contact information that is to be found on the KION Group websites for this purpose.

During online discussions, the fraudsters asked the applicant to download software for which a fee had to be paid that they said would be required in order to be able to work from home in future. In some cases they required commission in order for the application process to continue. This is by no means the practice at KION. “To my knowledge no one has fallen for this yet”, says Ruth Schorn. The scammers are very much on the go at the moment, however, and not only with regard to KION Group, so it is probably only a matter of time until an applicant makes a payment. It is not possible to prevent this fraud technically, as Ruth Schorn explains. The scam does not work by manipulating the KION IT system.

To date, cases of this kind affecting KION are known from Germany, North America, and Brazil. Applicants are asked to provide personal information, and for example in the USA give their social security number. In Germany, the fraud attempts took similar form. Fraudulent advertisements were placed, for example, for human resources department employees. Applicants submitted all of their application documents and never heard anything else from the scammers. These cases probably involved identity theft, the investigating authorities suspect.