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Fraudulent Job Offers

Be aware of recruitment job scams

Telesat has recently learned of instances where individuals have been contacted for job opportunities and lured into online scams by individuals claiming to be affiliated with our organization. Below are resources and tips to protect you from fraudulent job scams.

Identifying and avoiding job scams

  • If you didn’t apply for a job posting, you should always be wary of unsolicited or unexpected communications, especially from names, email addresses and free email accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail that you do not recognize.
  • A fake recruiter may invite you to participate in an interview through a free messaging app like WhatsApp or Skype, or via a free App that you download to your phone.
    • Telesat recruiters only conduct virtual interviews via enterprise meeting platforms like Microsoft Teams and WebEx. Invitations and links to virtual interviews will be sent from a email account.
  • Scammers typically ask for personal information, such as your home address, Social Insurance Number (SIN), Social Security Number, date of birth, or other information that can result in identity theft.
    • You should never share your SIN or Social Security number unless it is legally required, and only with Human Resources after you are hired.
  • The fake recruiter may ask you to pay money to purchase supplies, or send you a check to buy supplies with, which will likely be fake.
    • Telesat covers the cost of all equipment necessary to fulfill job requirements and does not request deposits or any type of payment in our hiring process.


If you have been a victim of an online job scam, you should take the following actions:

  • Report the incident to your local police
  • Report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre through their Report Fraud System or by telephone at 1-888-495-8501
  • Report fraud to both credit bureaus (Equifax, Transunion) to place a fraud alert on your credit report
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