Recruitment and phishing scams

May 20, 2024


May 20th 2024 - Malaysian recruitment scam on Instagram posing as our Chief Revenue Officer

We have been informed of a fraudulent recruitment scam targeting candidates in Malaysia on Instagram

These fraudulent entities use profiles with Airswift's likeness and are exploiting the name of our Chief Revenue Officer, Anna Frazzetto. This scam is falsely claiming her authority to secure US visas for potential job applicants.

They request payments nearing $470 USD per visa application—a significant sum, making this scam particularly harmful. The scammers have also been utilising email addresses from AOL, which is a clear indicator of the deceit as Airswift does not use such email services for professional communication.

Examples of the scam in action:

Screenshot 1:

  • The logo used is grainy
  • Grammar is bad
  • Addresses are wrong
  • False signature and wrong job title of our CRO

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Screenshot 2:

  • The logos used are grainy
  • Grammar is bad
  • Airswift Recruitment/Airswift Recruitment Agency is not our company name
  • False signature and wrong job title of our CRO

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Screenshot 3:

  • Grammar is bad
  • We would only contact you from the following domains: @airswift.com @ducatuspartners.com not @aol.com

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Screenshot 4:

  • @airswift.wordlwide is not one of our handles

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What to do if you are a victim of this scam

If you happen to fall victim to this recruitment scam, we recommend that you contact your local authorities and file a report.

How to to report messages:

Local government/police authorities allow you to report these:

We urge you to cease contact with the scammers straight away to prevent any more attempts at receiving your money. 

If you are unsure about an offer you have received, review the red flags that may indicate a recruitment scam.


March 22nd 2024 - Recruitment phishing scam: airswiftresourcing.com

We have been informed of a circulating fraudulent phishing scam under the name of airswiftresourcing.com

The scam involves using the name of Airswift's CEO and sending "offer letters" to the recipients. The domain "airswiftresourcing.com" is not affiliated with Airswift.

If you have received an offer letter, but no prior contact then this will not be from Airswift.

We are seeing an increase of scam attempts in various formats like email, WhatsApp, and text message, but unfortunately we cannot control what comes through these systems.

To confirm, we do not charge candidates to put them forward for jobs and we would only contact you from the following domains: @airswift.com @ducatuspartners.com

Our CEO will never contact you in respect to an open recruitment position. 

Please be vigilant, do not interact with the message beyond reporting it through the official means within the application.


What to do if you are a victim of this scam

If you happen to fall victim to this recruitment scam, we recommend that you contact your local authorities and file a report.

How to to report messages:

Local government/police authorities allow you to report these:

Other ways to report:

We urge you to cease contact with the scammers straight away to prevent any more attempts at receiving your money. 

If you are unsure about an offer you have received, review the red flags that may indicate a recruitment scam.


July 18th 2023 - Recruitment scam targeting candidates via WhatsApp

We have been informed of a circulating fraudulent WhatsApp scam using the Airswift name.

The scammers are posing as Airswift employees, offering various flexible full/part-time vacancies via WhatsApp and text messages.

These messages often promise remote jobs with unrealistic hours and salaries.

These individuals do not represent Airswift and we encourage candidates to be wary of anyone requesting money for medical tests or visa applications as part of the recruitment process.

We have received updated information that these scams have been targeting people in the Netherlands using a Dutch phone number. The scammer has used the name Simon Gerlach and has been falsely claiming to be associated with Airswift.  Airswift has no connection or affiliation with Simon Gerlach, and they are not employed or connected to our organisation in any capacity.


Examples of the scam in action

Below are images of the messages the scammers have been sending.

Please know that although these messages are often sent by people pretending to be current Airswift employees, these scammers are in no way affiliated with Airswift.

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What to do if you receive communication via Whatsapp?

To safeguard yourself from potential fraudulent activities, we strongly advise you to exercise caution and verify the legitimacy of anyone who claims to be representing Airswift. Authentic communications from our organization should always originate from official email domains.

In the event of receiving communication via WhatsApp from an individual purporting to be a recruiter, we highly recommend that you insist on requesting their correspondence to be conducted through an official Airswift email address. 


What to do if you are a victim of this scam

If you happen to fall victim to this fake recruitment scam, we recommend that you contact your local authorities and file a report.

We urge you to cease contact with the scammers straight away to prevent any more attempts at receiving your money. 

If you are unsure about an offer you have received, review the red flags that may indicate a recruitment scam.


July 18th 2023 - Recruitment scam targeting candidates in India and Asia

We have been informed of a fraudulent scam that is circulating and our candidate base should be aware of

The scammers are posing as recruiters for companies and informing candidates that they need to pay a 'refundable' fee on behalf of Airswift if they wish to accept a job offer.

This fee is taken and the scammer will then cease contact.

These individuals do not represent Airswift and we encourage candidates to be wary of anyone requesting money for medical tests or visa applications as part of the recruitment process.

Several candidates have identified two companies, 'Ramen Overseas Consultants' and 'Sunbright Vision Consultancy', using the Airswift name fraudulently. This company is not associated with Airswift.


Examples of the scam in action

Below are images of the business cards the scammers have been using.

Please know that these materials are not Airswift documentation

  • We do not currently have an office in these locations
  • We would only contact you from an email address ending in @airswift.com, never "gmail.com" or "@airswif.sg"
  • The second image and logo is not our official branding
  • The logos used are very grainy

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Fake business card


Alongside fake business cards you may have received a fake job offer

Please note the graininess of the image, inconsistent formatting and lack of spacing in the section requesting payment.

Sometimes these letters refer to a 'Paul Barron' who does not work for Airswift.

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Fake Offer Letter (6)

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Or a fake invoice

In the below invoice, the fee is described as an insurance amount to accompany the job application.

Again, note the inconsistent formatting and grammar.

Recruitment scam - fake invoice


What to do if you are a victim of this scam

If you happen to fall victim to this fake recruitment scam, we recommend that you contact your local authorities and file a report.

We urge you to cease contact with the scammers straight away to prevent any more attempts at receiving your money. 

If you are unsure about an offer you have received, review the red flags that may indicate a recruitment scam.

This post was written by: Alicia Edwards