Dubai PR Network, Online Press Release from Dubai and Middle East
 
Money, Business & Investments(Banking & Investments)
Filter PR by
  
Beware of fraud! Protect yourself from falling victim to job and immigration scams
 
Beware of fraud! Protect yourself from falling victim to job and immigration scams
By Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO - Middle East, South Asia & China, VFS Global
 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  06, August 2019:   Going hand in hand with the number of people aspiring to work or settle abroad, are the scams that prey on this aspiration. One often hears about cases of people being defrauded on false promises of jobs or immigration abroad by fraudulent entities, which impacts applicants not just financially and emotionally, but also put them at a risk of their personal data being misused.
 
In 2018, VFS Global, the world’s largest visa processing service provider for governments, received more than 560 complaints, via emails from affected parties, about fraudulent entities posing as company representatives and making bogus job and immigration offers, in exchange for significant sums of money paid upfront towards visas or work permits. Most of the complaints originated from individuals based in India, followed by those based in the Middle East.
 
Some recurring themes or patterns are observed in these fraud complaints: The fraudulent entity informs the unsuspecting individual, via email, that their qualifications have been found suitable to work as an employee or for immigration and settlement purposes. The individual is then asked to share personal data and make upfront payments to expedite a visa/immigration process or job offers. 
 
Sometimes the scamster will say these costs would be reimbursed once the process is complete. It is important to remember that these communications are fraudulent – they do not originate from VFS Global nor are they associated with the company’s visa processes. Further, VFS Global is not a recruitment company and does not offer jobs or immigration advisory.
 
VFS Global is actively involved in efforts to build awareness among visa applicants to be wary of fraudulent entities who guarantee immigration, employment or visas in lieu of upfront payment. This includes strategically placed messages at multiple touch points to warn applicants to beware of fraudulent entities, such as SMS, call centre voice messages, fee receipts, consumer publications, posters, emailers, etc.
 
In addition, through its Information Security teams, the company investigates any misuse of the brand and sometimes take legal action against these scamsters if possible.
 
As a result, there was a 32 per cent decline in visa fraud complaints reported to VFS Global in 2018, compared to 2017. 
Here are a few indicators that a communication may be a scam: 
 
1. The fraudsters allegedly post jobs online with too good to be true salaries and unbelievable benefits.
2. You will receive emails with job offer or immigration promises from fabricated email IDs via personal email accounts (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc.) 
3. You will receive a job offer from a company you have NOT applied to.
4. Without giving an interview receive an offer letter which includes the names and out-of-proportion logos of VFS Global with or without fake Embassy stamp.
5. You will receive an offer letter asking you to pay the visa processing fee. It may demand for advance payments to personal bank accounts with the threat of visa application rejection. 
 
If you receive such fraud visa, immigration or job proposals on the name of VFS Global, we would advise you to contact us at customercare@vfsglobal.com
Customers need to be vigilant about the calls and offers they receive. We recommend that you do not respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers from people with whom you are unfamiliar. Do not disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know. 
 
Furthermore, applicants are urged never to publish their passport or visa application numbers on public domains or social media platforms, where scammers are constantly on the lookout for vulnerabilities.  


Posted by : Dubai PR Network Editorial Team
Viewed 6234 times
PR Category : Banking & Investments
Posted on : Tuesday, August 6, 2019  12:45:00 PM UAE local time (GMT+4)
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of DubaiPRNetwork.com.
Previous Story : Eyes of the World on Expo 2020 Dubai
Next Story : GIAS 2020 to feature investment opportunities for participat...
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine
Back to Section Home

Related Stories



 
 
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Boss Bottled Infinite: Express Your Inner Self [17031-Views]
Mouawad Announces New Partnership With the Miss Universe Organization [10748-Views]
Ralph Lauren Introduces Ralph's Club for New York Fashion Week [9431-Views]
Introducing the new Baby Bio Organic Range from Corine de Farme [9321-Views]
Chronoswiss adds beauty in blue to Sirius Chronograph Moon Phase collection [8473-Views]
Expect more from your concealer, why settle for less! [7027-Views]
Ncef-reverse Eyes – Filorga's New Ground Breaking Eye Care! [6881-Views]
Marks & Spencer Unveils Its Autumn 2019 Kidswear Collection'' [6496-Views]
Admiral Legend 42 Icon ahead [6417-Views]
Roberto Cavalli's exclusive new duo of fragrances [6411-Views]
UAE Welcomes Energy Industry's Thought Leaders at World's Most Influential Energy Event [6124-Views]
La Roche-posay Presents an Incomparable Skincare Experience With ‘My Skin Track UV;' the W... [6057-Views]
Tag Heuer Launches First Ever Emerald Green Dial Aquaracer (for Men & Women) in the UAE [5990-Views]
ENEC to showcase economic, social and environmental benefits of nuclear energy at World En... [5893-Views]
World's First Cartridge-Free Laser Printer Now Available in the UAE [5539-Views]
Ferrari 812 GTS: the V12 spider returns [5362-Views]
Corum Golden Bridge Round 39 for elegant lady [5087-Views]
A Journey of Belief: Caroline Leon goes the extra mile with DHL as she attempts to climb h... [5075-Views]
The Ferrari F8 Spider: the evolution of the species [5002-Views]
Sony Middle East and Africa launches the new king of full frame mirrorless cameras – Alpha... [4874-Views]
Tabreed demonstrates commitment to enhancing energy efficiency with ISO 50001 certificatio... [4801-Views]
Samsung Galaxy Fold Now Available [4734-Views]
Tissot Carson Automatic Urban vitality [4660-Views]
Trade Up Your Old Device For the Next Level Power Galaxy Note10 [4416-Views]
Lenovo Launches New Devices: Offering Smarter Technology for All [4349-Views]
 
RSS Facebook Twitter LinkedDin
 
Top Sections
 
Top Stories