Job hunters are being urged to be wary of a new scam circulating online promising applicants a range of positions and salaries at Aldi.
Confused job seekers are taking to social media to query whether the recruitment letter they received was genuine, as these appear to contain Aldi Australia’s official letterhead and watermark.
The letters, which are confirmed to be a scam, is the latest in a series of scams that have been making the rounds online over the years, prompting the German supermarket to issue a warning on its careers site.
The scam however, not only targets Australian job seekers, but job seekers abroad as well.
In one fake letter viewed by Yahoo News Australia, a job hunter from India took to Twitter to query the legitimacy of the recruitment letter he received, which had the Aldi Australia letterhead.
The job offered was for a Store Keeper, supposedly based at the Aldi store around Adelaide Airport, with a monthly salary of $5,500 and a starting date of June 30, 2022.
Another dodgy letter that circulated online offered a Warehouse Manager position, also in Adelaide, with a salary of $7,500 and a start date of May 16, 2022.
“With reference to your previous application for job engagement to ALDI Australia supermarket, and the management hereby congratulates you on your successful emergence based on detailed recruitment by our official recruitment consultants,” both letters began, followed by a range of instructions that the applicant must go through as part of the recruitment process.
It is believed that scammers are able to gain money and personal details of the job hunter through these steps.
Aldi has issued a warning over this recent scam on their careers site, acknowledging that they are aware of the fraudulent emails circulating.
“Please be aware that there are fraudulent emails in circulation from a party claiming to be a HR Manager or Director from ALDI Stores Australia,” the warning read. “We are urging people who are receiving these emails not to engage with this scam. The party claiming to be ALDI Stores Australia are offering a job, a free visa and a free air ticket to the recipient of the email as part of an urgent recruitment appeal.”
“This communication is fraudulent and has not been distributed from ALDI Stores Australia. We are urging anyone receiving this communication not to send any of their personal information to the parties requesting such information,” the warning continued.
In the note, Aldi also confirmed that Aldi stores in Australia will only ever contact applicants though their support team or through a verified email address from their recruitment system, which are firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
“You will never receive an offer of employment without applying for a specific role in a specific location and going through an interview process where you will meet your potential leaders,” the stressed, and added, “Aldi Stores Australia do not offer free visas or free air tickets.”
They also urged members of the public who receive such emails to not send any personal information to the requestor and contact Aldi directly.