Recruitment scam targeting candidates via WhatsApp

July 18, 2023

Whatsapp recruitment scam falsely claiming to be Airswift

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.

Whatsapp Scam (1)

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.

This post was written by: Betty Givvons-Collinge