Universal Jobmatch – the Fightback!
Whilst Part 2 of Universal Jobmatch fake job scams (in response to Channel 4’s fake jobs investigation) is being careful researched, Ipswich Unemployed Action shall reveal how to take action against the scammers!
In this article we will show you how to kick the scammers where it hurts! Remember, DWP would want to sweep this under the carpet… it’s not in their best interest to lose up to 95% of the jobs. If you want to safeguard your benefits and your personal information the best way is to get the fraudsters to retreat as Jobcentre Plus won’t do anything about it.
You can pick and choose how you fight back – but most importantly don’t fight back alone. Spread the word.
Kill their income
The primary reason why most of these scams operate is to receive income directly from jobseekers like you (rather than indirectly by selling your details on – although it’s still a worry). Most income methods are by account paid monthly in arrears – that is they need to display the adverts, gain traffic, wait until the end of the month for it to total up, and sometimes even a month further before they receive the payment – most premature termination clauses wipe the balance and close their account.
Subject to this Section 5 and Section 10 of these AdSense Terms, you will receive a payment related to the number of valid clicks on Ads displayed on your Properties, the number of valid impressions of Ads displayed on your Properties, or other valid events performed in connection with the display of Ads on your Properties, in each case as determined by Google.
Except in the event of termination, we will pay you by the end of the calendar month following any calendar month in which the earned balance in your Account equals or exceeds the applicable payment threshold.
If they are unable to set up another account to get the income there is nothing in it for them by posting fake job adverts.
Not only does this prevent them making a tidy sum in the future it removes their past unpaid ill-gotten gains. Don’t do this to all job websites or all websites using these income methods, save it only when you have a genuine non-vexatious complaint. These scammers are ripe for losing out.
First step is to realise what revenue streams they are using.
What does a Google Adsense advert look like?
Google Adsense may be in many different sizes – both text based (such as the big example with the titles) and image based (such as the other two). When you see the blue “play” logo at the top right hand corner, hover over it, it should expand to say “AdChoices”, if its mentions Google in the web address (yes you guessed it) it’s a Google Adsense advertisement!
If you see neither the advertisements, the blue triangular play icon or AdChoices… you sir, have an advert blocker!
What can I report the website user for?
Brief highlights of the Google rules are as follows… the rollover image above is naughty as the advertisements are not allowed on popups or pop unders. ( Only a little snip from a larger popunder )
No more than 3 adverts per page…
Not allowed to encourage or trick users into clicking on adverts …
Not allowed on websites that include or links to illegal content or activities…
Adverts are not allowed to be posted on popups and popunders and pages without much content.
Not allowed to spam you with unwanted emails… (at a push you could claim the job adverts linking direct from Universal Jobmatch to the job description on their website could be an ad network directing traffic to the pages with Adsense adverts on)
How to report the publisher to Google?
Hover over the blue “play” image on the top right hand corner of the advert until it displays up as “AdChoices”. Click on “AdChoices”. A new window/tab should display. Scroll to the bottom… click “the website” radio button (“the ads” is about bad adverts shown rather than ad placement etc.)
Then fill in the form…
We recommend you spend a few minutes detailing the issues with the website. Some American firms like Facebook don’t seem to care but Google are quite good. There isn’t much point reporting a website that doesn’t actually violate their rules. No point writing a template as Google will see it as suspicious – if anyone is to work out copy-and-paste messages, its Google. Avoid linking to this website or channel 4 etc.
This is probably the most important method to fightback – its money they want – take it away from them and hopefully they will die off somewhere.
Those with CV Library or Indeed affiliates, you could try contacting the respective company… but I sense with CV library who appears not to have any terms for their affiliate scheme; couldn’t really care how they get the CV’s; and sound just as guilty as the individuals behind the scams themselves. This said, I don’t believe for a second that CV Library knows the people behind the scams, they just aren’t interested in questioning where they get their CV’s from.
Report to the Advertising Standards Authority
You can complain to the ASA by using their online “make a complaint” tool.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is responsible for regulating online advertising.
Do not make reference to this website, if you do you will waste your time. It’s not a numbers game! Government departments like grouping individual complaints and dismissing them as a conspiracy.
Do not complain about Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions or Universal Jobmatch.
It’s the “employer” you need to complain about.
Report to Trading Standards / OFT
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Report to the Information Commissioner
For guidance view here… http://ico.org.uk/complaints/handling
Do remember however that the ICO is probably the biggest joke when it comes to regulators (and yes there is enough competition for that title). So it might be a complete waste of your time.
To recap, thank you for reading this article, the scammers are laughing as they receive a fairly decent annual salary from sitting on their backsides all day, as the income is all automated – or the majority of it is. They wont be laughing so much if YOU pull the rug from underneath them!
Written by Universal Jobmatch
February 11, 2014 at 11:18 am
Tagged with AdChoices, Advertising Standards Authority, CV Library, Google Adsense, How to report the publisher to Google?, Report to the Advertising Standards Authority, Universal Jobmatch, What does a Google Adsense advert look like?
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