Recruiting Scam Awareness


Be Aware of potential scammers

With the increased demand for remote work, we’re seeing more and more scammers taking advantage of job seekers looking for flexible positions by posing as a reputable company, such as Appen. To keep you safe and prevent our current and future contributors from falling prey to malicious internet scams, we want to make you aware of the following:

  • Appen will NEVER ask you to send money, gifts, goods or anything of monetary value as part of your application or during your business relationship with our company. There is absolutely no cost to become a contributor. Appen will never reach out to you requesting compensation in any form.
  • We will never send a check in advance. Please do not deposit a check from a third party before you have started a project.
  • We will never ask you to send personal identifiable information outside of our secure job site or through our approved payment partners. Please visit our FAQ for additional information.
  • We do not use 3rd party messengers (ie. WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts) to recruit you to join the Crowd or to communicate with you once you’re on a project. Please confirm any virtual meeting invites are from a email address.
  • All Appen webpages exist on Appen will ONLY direct you to information on or If you are recruited for a position on another site, please connect with us at to verify the validity of the position before you provide any information. All job applications should be submitted through our Jobs page to the applicable site.



Helpful Resources:

If you’ve been approached by a scam or feel you have been scammed, here are a few helpful resources to report your concerns:

Australia: the Australian Cyber Security Centre providers consumers with information on how to report cybercrimes.

Asia, South America and Africa: Please contact your local police station to file a report. They will contact Interpol to report the cybercrime internationally.

China: The 12321 Network Badge and Spam Report Acceptance Center is a dedicated resource to file complaints.

European Nations: Europol provides a list of reporting websites by country. If there is not a dedicated resource, please contact to your local police station to report.

The United States: the Federal Trade Commission provides consumers with information on how to avoid being scammed online and what to do if you feel you have been scammed. You should report the crime through the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center and with your local law enforcement. The ICCC is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.

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