How to Spot Job Scammers and Fake Jobs in the UAE

People from different countries come to Dubai and the Middle East to search for greener pastures and earn better money. Knowing that Dubai’s economy is rising again, multiple jobs are available. However, you should be aware of the plenty of scams that exist as well.

Also Read: 6 Ways to Identify Fake Job Offers Online

Technology is getting sophisticated and it is getting difficult these days to spot job scammers. There can be as many fake job offerings as there are legit ones. Watch out for warning signs listed below to not fall for these traps.

BEWARE: 5 Common Trends of Job Scammers

  1. A job is said to offer you attractive salary package instantly without any skills or experience needed;
  2. You are immediately offered a job without having to submit your application, going through an interview and interacting with a representative of the company to talk about job details and salary benefits;
  3. You are asked to make a payment such as a processing fee, training fee, placement fee, etc. as a form of advance payment to secure the job.  At no time should you be paying for a job you are applying for;
  4. You are asked to provide your credit card details or personal bank account information;
  5. The company hiring you does not have a physical address and phone number listed. If there is a contact number provided and you are still suspicious, you can always dial out the number and see if it’s valid.

screenshot of an email which is known to be a scam since I did not apply for this company and they did not mention what position was available — even just the “Dear Candidate” greeting and not using my name, just proves that this is a fake.

Other Tips to Avoid Being a Victim of Fake Jobs in the UAE

Here are some other tips so you can avoid becoming a victim of illegal recruitment.

  • Apply directly to the company in need of the job posts. Visit their official website after using search engines like Google, Yahoo, etc.
  • If you are going through an agency in the Philippines, you can check with POEA the legitimacy of that specific agency. If you are applying in the UAE and you are suspicious about a specific agency offering you a job and asking you for money, do not hesitate to contact the local police and ask them.
  • If you are applying through an advertisement you saw online or on a newspaper, check the legitimacy of the advertiser. Research about them online and watch out for  signs of scammers listed above.

In the UAE, plenty of job opportunities are available for every expat. If you are unsure about a job offer or a company hiring you, take time to research online to make sure the company/job offer is legit.

After all, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Do not let scammers take advantage of you and your situation. Please also help fellow expats by sharing this article and warning them against these types of job scams in the UAE.


In line with this article, we would to stress that we, The DubaiOFW, are not a recruitment agency. We do not ask nor receive any form of payment when we post the jobs unless otherwise stated. The job vacancies we advertise link directly to the main website of the company where you will submit your CV. We do not collect nor have access to the CV you submitted.

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