Information on fraudulent job postings

Biogen is aware of a fraudulent scheme at the hands of an individual(s) or entity claiming to be an employee of the Biogen Human Resources department. The actors are offering fraudulent employment opportunities to applicants, often asking for sensitive personal and financial information.

We consider the unauthorized use of our company name or the names of Biogen employees to be a crime and are working with local and federal law enforcement to investigate and resolve this issue.

Important note: Please be advised that all legitimate correspondence from a Biogen employee will come from "@biogen.com" email accounts. Automated system response emails come from a “@brassring.com” email addresses. There are no variations of these email addresses.

Please read the following information about these fraudulent recruitment activities. If you believe you have been contacted by anyone misrepresenting themselves as an employee of Biogen or a Biogen recruiter, please contact Biogen Global Security at 617-914-9000.

 

What is recruitment fraud?

Recruitment fraud happens when actors offer fake job opportunities to job seekers. This is normally done online through job search websites (e.g. simplyhired.com, indeed.com), fake websites, unsolicited emails or phony company email addresses. The actors posing as recruiters often request recipients to provide personal information, make payments or offer to send checks as part of their fake recruiting process. Biogen does not send checks or ask for money transfers or payments from applicants to secure a job, either as an employee or as a contractor.

 

How to identify recruitment fraud

  • Imposter recruiters offer a candidate a job and send a signing bonus check. When the check bounces, they ask for the candidate’s bank account information or solicit copies of statements as a way to confirm the deposit was made.
  • Imposter recruiters request personal information, such as address details, date of birth, resume, passport details and bank details, early.
  • Candidates undergo interviews via Instant Messaging (e.g. AOL instant messaging, Skype, etc.) programs.
  • Email correspondence is often sent from an email address that is similar to an official Biogen address, but differs by one or more characters. Emails are also sent from accounts set up via public and/or free email hosts, such as Aol.com and Gmail.com.

 

What should you do?

  • To report a suspected fraud, please contact Biogen Global Security at 617-914-9000.
  • Please be prepared to provide supporting information from the correspondence you have had with the actor(s). Other helpful information to provide includes:
    • Complete copy of the email correspondence. Do not change or edit the message in any way. Save messages from the imposter for further investigation, if necessary.
    • Copy of any email addresses or the URLs of any websites that you believe to be phony or fraudulent.
  • We advise you to contact your local law enforcement and provide them with all information you may have from the senders.

 

What you should NOT do

  • Do NOT accept checks or send any money. Biogen does not send checks or ask for money transfers or payments from applicants to secure a job, either as an employee or as a contractor.
  • Do NOT disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know.
  • Do NOT respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers of employment from people with whom you are unfamiliar.
  • Do NOT communicate further with imposter recruiters if you believe the communications may be fraudulent.