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Help us beat recruitment fraud

Fraud Alert!

Recruitment fraud is a real concern, it can happen in all areas in which we operate. Recruitment scams are on the increase and they involve sophisticated fraud offering fictitious job opportunities, extracting information or money

We wanted to let you know about recent ‘phishing’ scams in which fraudsters try to extract personal information or money by misrepresenting themselves as Anglo American or one of our business areas. They might be making false job offers, asking for money to participate in a recruitment process, or running a fake jobs lottery. This kind of fraud is normally done through unsolicited emails, online recruitment services such as LinkedIn, bogus websites and even text messages claiming to be from Anglo American.

Anglo American would never ask you for money in exchange for a job interview.  Anglo American has a formal online recruitment process to advertise vacancies, which provides a unique job reference ID number for tracking purposes.

How to spot a fraudulent request which could be via email, text or telephone or verbally made

The request (email, telephone, social media [Whatsapp, Facebook etc], pamphlets or verbal) may look convincing. But, you’ll know it’s fraudulent if:

  • It’s asking for money. We’d never do this
  • It’s asking for personal information such as passport and bank account details, often at an early stage
  • It’s asking for bank details before we’ve made you a job offer. We don’t do this either
  • The email address is different to this format: name.lastname@angloamerican.com. The emails are from free web-based email accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail or Live.com
  • They use mobile (cell) phone numbers, rather than office telephone numbers
  • There’s a guarantee of a job placement
  • It’s out of the blue: we only offer jobs following a formal application and selection process though approved e mail and telephonic communications, including face-to-face interviews
  • They insist on urgency from the start
  • Any documentation is poorly formatted with spelling and grammatical errors
  • Outdated branding logos

Don’t respond to an email, text, telephone call you think might be fraudulent.

If you receive a suspicious email, or want to find out more, you can help us by getting in touch at recruitmentfraud@angloamerican.com.

We recommend that you do not respond to unsolicited offers of employment or those seeking information from people claiming to work for or are associated with Anglo American.

What should you do?

Do not...

  • Respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers of employment from people with whom you are unfamiliar
  • Disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know
  • Send any money. Anglo American would not ask for money transfers or payments from applicants to secure a job or a visa either as an employee or as a contractor
  • Engage in further communication if you believe the communications may be fraudulent
  • Share your online applicant profile passwords with another party


  • Contact Anglo American we have set-up an e-mail address recruitmentfraud@angloamerican.com where we ask people both internally and externally to report any fraudulent recruitment activity or to verify whether communication they have received is legitimate
  • Contact your local police and provide them with all information you may have from the perpetrators
  • Save messages from the perpetrator for further investigation and send them to us on recruitmentfraud@angloamerican.com

We encourage all applicants to look for current opportunities and register for job alerts online via our careers portals.

It would be useful to pass on this advice to your family and friends who might be considering seeking employment with Anglo American.