It has come to our attention that various individuals and organisations are contacting people offering false employment opportunities in the name of The Wates Group. We take such matters extremely seriously, and work with the appropriate legal authorities to terminate fraudulent schemes using The Wates Group name. By making you aware of this, we hope to avoid and ultimately stop victims falling for this scam.

Do not:

  • Respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers of employment from people with whom you are unfamiliar
  • Disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know
  • Send any money. Wates does not ask for money transfers or payments from applicants to secure a job, either as an employee or as a contractor
  • Engage in further communication if you believe the communications may be fraudulent. Communications from The Wates Group will either be from a or email address.

How to identify recruitment fraud

  • The perpetrators will often ask recipients to complete bogus recruitment documentation, such as application forms, terms and conditions of employment or visa forms. The Wates name and logo is often featured on the documentation without authority.
  • There is an early request for personal information such as address details, date of birth, CV, passport details, bank details etc.
  • Candidates are requested to contact other companies/individuals such as lawyers, bank officials, travel agencies, courier companies, visa/immigration processing agencies etc.
  • Email correspondence is often sent from (or to) free web-based email accounts such as,,,, etc.
  • The perpetrators frequently use mobile or platform telephone numbers beginning with +44(0)70 instead of official company numbers which can be checked on our website under ‘Contact’.
  • The perpetrators may even offer to pay a large percentage of the fees requested and ask the candidate to pay the remaining amount.
  • There is an insistence on urgency.