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) before beginning 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 request funds, require the transfer of money, or seek 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. BHP does not initiate any immigration process until a verified offer of employment is extended to and accepted by the candidate.
If you receive communication that you believe is fraudulent or have suffered a personal loss from a recruitment scam, 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? BHP never seeks any funds from job applicants.
- Even when BHP has engaged a staffing agency to help identify candidates for positions, these third parties will never request funds from job seekers on behalf of BHP.
- 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 still 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 to an offer of employment by BHP.
- Report any email communication requesting payment of any kind to your local law enforcement.
- Research additional information available to you.
Any unsolicited contact from a person claiming to be a BHP recruiter or a staffing agency acting on behalf of BHP should be confirmed. If you have any questions or would like to verify an offer of employment purportedly from BHP, please call our corporate offices in the following locations:
- Australia: +(61) 39609 2328
- Chile: +(56) 225795037
- London: +(44) 2078027545
- Singapore: +(65) 64216090
- US: +(1) 7134995349
In early June, BHP was informed that PageUp – a large company which provides support to organisations with recruitment activity – had been affected by a suspected data security breach. At this time, we had only a limited number of targeted campaigns still active on the platform and have since suspended all use as a precaution.
As more information came to light in subsequent weeks, PageUp confirmed that selected personal data related to clients, placement agencies, applicants and referees had likely been accessed by unauthorised parties. This data may have included individual names, mailing and email addresses as well as telephone numbers. We are maintaining regular contact with PageUp and to date, have not been notified of any specific evidence of unauthorised access to BHP-related data held by them.
While investigations continue, we are unable to provide a conclusive impact assessment to current and former candidates. However, we take this security incident seriously and should information become available which indicates BHP data has been impacted, we will make prompt contact with affected parties.
Candidates with queries regarding the status of their existing application submitted via PageUp are encouraged to contact email@example.com.
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.