DBS Single Offence Check

Hi
Has anyone ever applied for a Single Offence Check for a job offer?. I have been offered a job from a telephone interview which requires a Single Offence Check to be done. I can only find one company which offers it for the price of £99.99 for a 5 day service. I paid for this as I needed the certificate within 7 days as the job starts fairly soon. I believe the single offence check is a check for fraud offences, just worried as only one DBS checking company seems to offer it. Thanks
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  • keyser666
    keyser666 Posts: 2,140 Forumite
    I wouldn't be paying for my own DBS for any company and certainly not £99 from a 3rd party company
  • I have since found it to be part of an elaborate job scam. Have reported it to Safer Jobs and Action Fraud.

    Many Thanks
  • I got a job two months ago as a software engineer with Microsoft and they asked me to complete a single offence check. It only cost me 84 pounds and was pretty quick so I know they do exist. Microsoft needed it quickly so they suggested that one as opposed to a basic disclosure which can take up to 14 days. Plus from the research I did it is now common for companies to ask you to pay for these checks, unless you are working with children, adults or vulnerable groups and then it must be the employer who orders a standard or enhanced disclosure.
  • usefulmale
    usefulmale Posts: 2,627 Forumite
    If any employers want a DBS check, THEY should be paying for it.
  • usefulmale wrote: »
    If any employers want a DBS check, THEY should be paying for it.

    I agree, I think employers should folk out for this. I wouldn't mind covering half the cost of one if it was a job I really wanted!
  • tomtontom
    tomtontom Posts: 7,929 Forumite
    Even the NHS do not pay for DBS checks for new staff. They used to, as did most employers in the care sector, but then the employee would leave (or not start at all) and it became a very expensive waste of money. Now the norm is either to pay for it yourself, or to pay for it and have it reimbursed after a certain length of employment. The employer I work with uses a provider that charges around £50 for an enhanced disclosure.

    There is a recent thread about a scam company, pretending to recruit for workers and then referring you on to a scam site. Always worth searching (on here and Google) if you're unsure.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5327314

    (Looks like it is from the OP.)
  • kdaniels wrote: »
    I got a job two months ago as a software engineer with Microsoft and they asked me to complete a single offence check. It only cost me 84 pounds and was pretty quick so I know they do exist. Microsoft needed it quickly so they suggested that one as opposed to a basic disclosure which can take up to 14 days. Plus from the research I did it is now common for companies to ask you to pay for these checks, unless you are working with children, adults or vulnerable groups and then it must be the employer who orders a standard or enhanced disclosure.

    What company did you do that check with?. I have only seen the fake website the fake recruitment agency (Madeem) suggested offer the single offence check. Most disclousre companies only offer DBS checks.
  • t0rt0ise
    t0rt0ise Posts: 4,267 Forumite
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    Just to add to what tomtontom said.. some NHS bodies do still pay for the DBS check while others don't. It isn't quite universal that they make the employee pay just yet.
  • Hi, I have also been offered a job like this 2 days ago but was very suspicious about the job. Just wanted to know if they really are? Because I am confused as I do not want to loose on getting the job.
  • Likely40 wrote: »
    Hi, I have also been offered a job like this 2 days ago but was very suspicious about the job. Just wanted to know if they really are? Because I am confused as I do not want to loose on getting the job.

    If it is via Madeem Recruit or 556Clothing and offer it to you after only a telephone interview then it is definitely a scam.
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