Don't get duped by fake jobs, warns visa company


Dont get duped by fake jobs, warns visa company

The company has shared warning signs that jobseekers need to be careful about.

By Compiled by Anita Iyer

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Published: Mon 7 Aug 2017, 10:23 AM

Last updated: Mon 7 Aug 2017, 6:29 PM

Global job opportunities are always tempting and expats are often on a lookout for the next big leap. As desperate job-hunters wait for a golden chance to pounce on, fraudsters flood the gullible ones with job offers that look unalarming on their face value, but are actually bogus.
The general thumb rule to follow for job-seekers should be - Beware if the offer is too good to be true. Pretty often, these companies are not legit and promise jobs that don't even exist in the first place.
While some ask a payment of fees/commission to facilitate job search, another job scam promises delivery of your resume to the prospective companies for a fixed fee.
VFS Global, one of the world's largest visa and passport application processing services, has issued a warning on their website about fraudulent job offers. The notification shares warning signs that jobseekers should be careful about while dealing with agents. Some of the signs include - Be careful if you are asked to disclose private information, interviewed via messaging apps, email is not sent from official account and so on.
You can read the entire notice below -

Beware of fraudulent job offers

Fraudulent Recruitment / Employment Offers
It has come to VFS Global's attention that, individuals misrepresenting themselves as VFS Global' agents or representatives have approached people to offer fraudulent/fictitious employment opportunities, with the intent to steal personal information or solicit money from people. We encourage you to exercise caution and common sense when receiving any such employment offer, which requires payment of any fees/money, or promises a work visa in exchange for money. The said offers are completely fake and not valid. VFS Global is not a Recruitment agency and does not offer recruitment services. Scammers operate primarily via the internet, email, phone etc. We warn people to beware of such scams.
Please be advised that, VFS Global is a visa processing company and we work only with government and diplomatic missions to fulfil their administrative requirements of visa application processing. Neither VFS Global nor its representatives will ask for money from individuals under any circumstances to lure them with employment opportunities either in VFS Global or outside. If you receive any offer that purports to be from VFS Global, which ask for money, these types of offers are fraudulent.
Warning signs of recruitment fraud
The following are some examples of recruitment fraud which are in violation of VFS Global's processes and ethical practices:
a. The email is not sent from an official VFS Global e-mail address but from a free e-mail service such as: Hotmail, Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc. It is also possible that, the email is sent from a fake email address.
b. You are asked to disclose private or confidential information.
You are asked to be interviewed over the phone or via an instant-messenger type program.
c. You are requested to pay fees/money.
d. You are requested to complete bogus recruitment documentations such as an application or employment visa forms, (the VFS Global name and logo could be forged/fabricated and featured on the documentation without authority).
Insistence on urgency.
e. Money will be requested for processing Work Permits, Visa applications or the like.
f. Such actions are presumably intended to defraud or obtain personal information from the victims.
The activities of these individuals involve criminal and civil liabilities. While VFS Global takes such matter seriously and reserves its right to contact competent law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute such illegal activities, it is often difficult to locate and prosecute these individuals.
Therefore, if you receive a request, either in writing or verbally, for an interview or a job offer that you believe is or might be fraudulent or suspicious, please disregard them. You may also verify the same with VFS Global at
If you come to know that a fraud is being perpetrated, we encourage to forthwith contact your local police and/or any competent authorities and also to keep us informed by reporting the fraud at
Under no circumstances will VFS Global be liable or responsible for any loss, damages, expenses or inconvenience resulting from these unauthorized persons and/or activities.

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