New Zealand Immigration posts warning over scam job offers

Published:  31 Jan at 6 PM
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Immigration New Zealand has posted a global warning about a recently-discovered scam involving huge payments by Singaporean students for non-existent job offers.

A job offer from a New Zealand company is a necessary requirement in the essential skills work category’s visa application regulations. The fraudsters targeted mainly Indian students in Singapore, offering fake IT and food and beverage preparation positions for which they charged up to $4,000.

The job offers were printed with the letterhead of the Kelly Services recruitment agency, and seem to have fooled a good number of students. Head of Edvantage International Consulting James Ellis told the tale of one student from a Singapore private management studies college who paid the full £4,000 for a bogus interview in which he had been promised a two-year renewable contract at a salary of $28,000.

The scams are linked to private study centres in Singapore, and are suspected of luring a large number of overseas students to their courses with the promise of jobs in New Zealand once they have completed the course. When contacted, Kelly Services’ general manager, Victoria Robertson, said the offer had not come from her company or any of its representatives, adding that the offer letter was patently fake as the company and contact details were false.

Immigration spokesperson Nicola Hogg urged anyone seeking work in the country should ensure information on immigration matters comes from an informed, credible source such as a licensed immigration advisor. In recent years, increasing numbers of Indian nationals have applied for visas in the student and skilled migrant categories.
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