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Scammers impersonating Nesta employees on telegram and whatsapp.

Nesta is aware of recent incidents involving scammers who are impersonating Nesta employees on messaging platforms such as Telegram and Whatsapp.

Scammers are actively targeting members of the public in Hong Kong SAR by impersonating Nesta employees. The scammers introduce themselves as Nesta employees to offer very attractive freelance, part-time or work-from-home jobs to earn extra income, high commissions, or both.

Victims of the job scam may sometimes be asked to share their HKID numbers, phone numbers and sometimes financial commitment through PayMe, Faster Payment System (FPS), digital banking transfer or wire transfer.

Examples of whatsapp job scams

Please note that these individuals and/or organisations who are posting fraudulent job advertisements and requesting individuals to pay a sum of money or disclose their personal information, do not work for Nesta, any of our group of companies or the companies that we represent in any way.

Do not share your personal and private information with scammers.

Members of the public are advised to stay vigilant

If the job offer looks too good to be true, it is very likely to be a scam. Nesta employees undergo formal training to ensure a transparent and respectable candidate sourcing and screening process.

  • Nesta employees will never ask you whether you are above 18 years old or your age on messaging platforms.
  • Job offers made by Nesta employees will always include an employment contract that will only be sent to you from a business email account (

Nesta employees will only request your personal information via e-mail sent from official Nesta email domains ( as reasonably necessary for Nesta to determine your suitability for a role we are recruiting for a Client, or as required for submissions to the Labour Department.

How to protect yourself against job scams.

  • Never transfer money to people you do not know or have not met.
  • Do not share your personal information such as your HKID number, phone number or bank account/credit card details.
  • If you’re unsure whether the job or user who reached out to you is legitimate, you should contact us directly via phone (852)3702 6770  or e-mail ([email protected]).

If you receive any scam calls or text messages, you should file a report directly to the Anti-Deception Coordination Centre.