Like many organisations, BHP is the subject of false representations by unscrupulous individuals not associated with the company. The company continues to take steps to limit the impact on our customers, suppliers and shareholders. Some of the more common examples are noted below.
Fraudulent offers of employment have been emailed to job seekers by individuals, organizations, internet sites, or social media accounts claiming to represent BHP. In some cases, job seekers have been asked to disclose personally identifiable information, or pay a processing or work permit fee (as much as several thousand dollars) in order to commence their new role.
These fraudulent emails do not originate from BHP. They are recruitment scams designed to extort money and/or personal information.
BHP will never make requests for funds, the transfer of money, or advancement of fees at any stage of our recruitment process. This includes costs associated with immigration, attorney fees, airline fees, travel insurance or related expenses.
If you receive communication that you believe is fraudulent or have suffered a personal loss, please contact your local law enforcement.
Is Your Job Offer a Scam?
Several clues can help you determine if your job offer could be a scam:
- Did you apply for a job at BHP through our careers.bhp.com website? BHP does not make unsolicited job offers, especially via email.
- Are you being asked to pay processing fees, travel fees, immigration fees, or make a payment of any other kind – even if they claim that you will be reimbursed? BHP never seek any funds from job applicants under any circumstances.
- BHP may engage staffing agencies to help identify candidates for positions. Third parties representing BHP in the recruitment process will never request funds from job seekers.
- Does the email come from a @BHP.com or @BHPBilliton.com email address? Even if the email address contains the word "BHP" or "BHPBilliton", it may not be from BHP. Examples of known fraudulent email addresses include:
How to Safeguard Yourself
- Do not send any money or provide any personal information.
- Report any email communication requesting for funds to your local law enforcement.
- Research additional information available to you.
If you have any questions or would like to report further scam information to BHP, please call:
- Australia: +(61) 39609 2328
- Chile: +(56) 225795037
- London: +(44) 2078027545
- Singapore: +(65) 64216090
- US: +(1) 7134995349
Boiler room scams
In recent years, many companies have become aware that their shareholders have received unsolicited phone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters. These are typically from overseas based ‘brokers’ who target UK shareholders, offering to sell them what often turn out to be worthless or high risk shares in US or UK investments. These operations are commonly known as ‘boiler rooms’. These ‘brokers’ can be very persistent and extremely persuasive.
It is not just the novice investor that has been duped in this way; many of the victims had been successfully investing for several years. Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited advice, offers to buy shares at a discount or offers of free company reports. Advice on how to avoid share fraud and how to report a scam to the FCA is set out in a document prepared by the FCA in conjunction with the ICSA Registrars Group.
If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you will not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Ombudsman Service or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Details of any share dealing facilities that the company endorses will be included in company mailings.