The Commission is aware that some individuals working at local financial services businesses have received email correspondence which invites them to apply for a position of employment. The activities of the entity making the offer may involve the laundering of criminal proceeds.
The common characteristics of this approach are as follows:
- An email is sent allegedly from a company offering a prospective role to an individual. It is alleged that the individual’s CV was provided to it by a recruitment agency.
- The responsibilities of the role include the transfer and receipt of monies from the company’s clients within a specific timeframe.
- The email asks that the individual respond to the Google email address.
- It is a condition of being considered for the position that the individual register on the recruiter’s on-line system.
It is believed that the above correspondence is a scheme designed to commit fraud and launder stolen cheques. Similar schemes in the past have required that the individual allow access to their bank account into which stolen cheques were deposited and a proportion of the proceeds paid onwards to other parties, while allowing the individual to keep a small amount of the proceeds for themselves. Individuals engaging in this conduct are often referred to as “mules” or money transfer agents.
Financial services staff members should be aware that engaging in such a scheme constitutes money laundering and can lead to criminal prosecution.
If you require any further information or if you believe that you or one of your colleagues have received correspondence requesting that you engage in these types of activities, please contact either the Guernsey Police Fraud Department on 755812 and/or the FIS on 714081.