Fraud and Scam Alert
Northfield Group companies regularly receive calls and emails from members of the public seeking clarification of copycat websites, business propositions, job offers, awards and monetary grants.
a) Business Propositions
The business propositions pretending to be made on behalf of Northfield Group companies come in different guises, but generally offering commodities, diesel, petrol/gasoline, crude oil, copper, aluminium and other commodities at a knockdown price and normally originate from Russia, China, African and other producing countries. The people initiating these propositions claim they are involved or had worked with Northfield Group companies and claim access to cheap petroleum products, minerals and agricultural products. These proposals can look legitimate. Sometimes they also propose to award huge value contracts to the recipients of such emails.
b) Business Impersonation
Northfield Group does not own or have any relationship with the www.northfield.group.
c) Recruitment Scams
The job offers come from organizations falsely pretending to recruit on behalf of Northfield Group companies or by people claiming to work for or be affiliated with a Northfield Group company. These propositions notify individuals that their qualifications were found suitable to work as an employee (local or expatriate) for a Northfield Group company and solicit the transfer of significant sums of money to pay for work permits, insurance policies, etc.
Please note that Northfield Group companies (nor any of the organisations that recruit on our behalf) will ever ask for any money or payments from applicants at any point in the recruitment process. All individuals who are successful in gaining an offer of employment from a Northfield Group company, whether directly or indirectly, are always required to go through a formal recruitment process. All communications should originate from a verifiable Northfield e-mail address and not from an Internet e-mail address e.g.: Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo etc.
d) Awards and Grants
The awards of prizes and monetary grants often come through via text messages and/or e-mails purporting to be from Northfield Switzerland, informing that the recipient has won in the Northfield Group lottery promo and similar non-existent competitions, and asking the customer to send money in order to receive the winnings.
Please note that Northfield Group companies are NOT involved in any lottery or mobile draws, e-mail/SMS (grant) awards.
d) Change of Banking Details Scams
An individual claiming to be an employee from a Northfield company, its Finance department, or a representative of Northfield informs a customer/supplier that there has been a change to Northfield bank account details. The customer/supplier is then instructed to make a payment to a new bank account, the details of which are then provided telephonically or via email. Alternatively, a customer/supplier may receive an email containing a URL to what appears to be a Northfield branded website, where they are asked to enter their banking details in order to make a payment.
What to do…
- Do not respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or job offers from people or e-mail addresses you do not know or trust.
- Do not disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know or trust or on a website you do not trust. Should you have disclosed this information to somebody you do not know or trust or to a website you do not trust consider reporting the incident to your local law enforcement.
- Be on the lookout for suspicious signs – e.g. communications from non-northfield-group.com e-mail addresses (e.g. from a yahoo.com address); poor use of English; and requests for money.
- Northfield Group companies will never request any banking details for payment to Northfield. Do not respond to the email, click any links in the email, or provide information over the telephone. Instead, send a separate email to or call your Northfield representative that you typically work with to confirm whether the request received is legitimate.
Northfield name and identity is being used fraudulently in these instances. In as much as we sympathise with anyone who has lost money in this way, Northfield Group companies cannot accept any responsibility.