Recruitment Scams and Fraud

Sadly, fraud is part of the world we live in today.  According to DataVisor, a leader in fraud detection services, fraudulent accounts doubled from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018, with 51% of these accounts being held within the United States.

Recruitment fraud is a sophisticated fraud involving the offer of fictitious job opportunities. This kind of fraud can be carried out using a variety of fake or false resources like email accounts or websites and often starts on legitimate job-seeking venues.  The scams usually offer employment via an email, without interviews; the emails can look very legitimate.

It has come to our attention that a robust recruitment scam, originating on a popular and well-trafficked job board, has been targeting job seekers using individuals associated with Aegion as the actor(s). If you believe you are/have been the victim of this, or any, recruitment fraud we urge you to contact local law enforcement and/or the FBI.  The FBI has provided this link for you to enter a complaint. 

What To Look For:

There are a number of warning signs to a potential recruitment scam.  Know that for any position it hires, Aegion will never:

  • make an offer of employment without face-to-face interviews, including administrative roles that work remotely, either part-time or full-time.
  • hire without an application placed through our career site.
  • request personal information such as passport and bank account details, often at an early stage.
  • request money (e.g. for ‘visa fees’, taxes, a percentage of travel expenses).
  • send emails from free web-based email accounts such as Outlook, Yahoo, Gmail or other non-Aegion assets.
  • make substantial spelling and grammatical errors.
  • insist on urgency from the outset.
  • use poorly formatted documentation.


Aegion takes hiring and recruitment scams very seriously.  If you believe you have received a fraudulent recruitment communication or offer please email