How the scam works:
If you are a citizen of any other country than the United States, Canada, Australia, or the United Kingdom, you might have tried to apply for jobs on the ‘promised land’. Whether you are Mexican, Chinese, or Eastern European, you have to pay attention to this.
The American Dream is still big all over the world, and people from all over would give anything for a better life. Unfortunately, scammers prey on the naivety of foreign citizens looking to find a job in any of the aforementioned countries.
The Foreign Workers Scam comes as an application requirement for you to add on your file. Criminals claim to be representatives of major companies. Sometimes they even use the same names of the Human Resources managers at these corporations, just in case you decide to research online those positions.
However, after informing you that your application was successful, the scammers ‘recommend’ you to connect with ‘immigration visa officers’, as you are a foreign citizen and need a successful ‘work permit’.
Below is one such a scam email we received from a victim. The scammers claim to be working for the Exxon Mobil Oil. Notice how the criminal gives all the good news coming from the company but redirects the applicant to a third party (immigration visa), where the victim will have to pay a “small amount” for his visa or work permit.
Here it is:
This is an affirmation that you have emerged Successful and ready to be appointed for the position you have applied for. Our mode of selection was based on the following;
1. CV and qualification
2. Mode in which your data is being presented on the employment datasheet.
3. Work experiences.
We employ staff based on four core values namely; Productivity, Talent, Ambitions, and Character and we expect all our newly recruited staff to exhibit these core values. We do not interview our applicants online because the available job requires practical actions.
We are moving to the next level of this processing wish is your eligibility to work in the USA because foreigners require a pass to work in the USA. The inquiry is based on certain basic requirements and provides a positive or negative result. A positive result guarantees visa success; it simply means you have met certain basic requirements as determined by the US immigration to live and work in the United States. You have to contact the United States immigration through their address: uscis@mail2NewYork.com.
For the approval of your immigrant entry visa requirements and eligibility to work in the United States. An immigrant visa is issued to a foreign National who intends to live and work temporally or permanently in the United States.
We are also attaching a recommendation letter to this mail, Note that you should print out the recommendation letter include your name in the open space with ink and in block letter then rescan and send to the immigration with the passport photos for the further procession of your work permit. We are giving you seven days ultimatum to finalize with the immigration on your eligibility to work in the United States.
Mr. James Peterson.
ExxonMobil Oil Company
Be very careful about these things. Also here is more:
Watch the video below to see in detail another Foreign Worker scam you should be aware of:
How to avoid:
First things first: major companies like Exxon do not hire people just like that. Use only legitimate services that put you in touch with corporations. They use head hunters and the process is not that easy. Secondly, look carefully at the email above. The message starts with “Attn Applicant” and is not addressed to you, with your name.
There is no contact number or website in the signature, and – most importantly – they give you an ‘ultimatum’ to finalize with the immigration. Well, the immigration process is separate and is independent of companies hiring. That could take way longer than 10 days.
The scammers just throw in the emergency factor, so you can pay them faster. Last but not least, look for grammar throughout the text. We know English might not be your first language, but you probably know that random words do not start with the capital letters in the middle of the phrase.
How to report:
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