Foreign Worker Application Scam

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.

Let’s explain:

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:

Attn Applicant,

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:

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.

HR Manager.

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:

Foreign Worker Exploitation Scam Video


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:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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Carlos Dod Santos

I don’t know about other nations, but Filipinos continue to be victimized by online scammers who promise bogus jobs in Europe. They receive e-mails from supposed companies or law firms in Portugal, offering jobs and/or a promise to process entry visas or work permits. The scammers then ask the applicants to pay their processing fees by money transfer. Sometimes, the e-mail recipient is asked to transact with a designated travel agency that will process the necessary documents and visa required for the job contract. Well-known companies have their own human resource department, which always require personal interviews and rarely hire… Read more »


hellow i recently got a teaching job in Thailand ,for 27 october and asked to pay for my visa into Kasikornbank public compony limited, into account nameRungnapapen Phokaoton ,,now there are scammers is this the immigration and is Mr Deng theKimham the entrybclearance officer in the Thai bureau


I have received following email, will you please verify the details ? ExxonMobil Oil Vacant positions/Employment Exploration and Producing Operations Address 800 Bell Street Houston, Texas 77002 Attn Applicant, Thank you for your interest in our noble Company. We congratulate you and would like to bring to your notice that you have been short listed to join ExxonMobil oil. After going through your application; we became interested in your application to work with us. Please find our job details,interview form and application form for your perusal. Fill this forms and send a copy back to us with your documents of… Read more »


I received exactly the same email from ExxonMobil USA, i paid $3000 for insurance and visa arrangement as requested by US immigration. Now i have found its a scam. Could you help me how to report it and get my money back.



Attn Applicant, Thank you for your interest in our noble Company. We congratulate you and would like to bring to your notice that you have been short listed to join Exxon Mobil oil. After going through your CV; we became interested in your application to work with us. Please find our job details then download the attachment, interview form and application form for your perusal.print out the forms and Fill the forms and send a copy back to us with your qualification documents. Exxon Mobil uses an online interview style that is behaviourally-based, which means that we will ask you… Read more »

sewanyana dennis

i got a message about careers in exxon and some one claiming to be james peterson hr. this was the interview assessment including internet application form. Interview Assessment Form Job title: Interview date: Applicant name: Skills Experience Qualifications Tell us about yourself? What do you know about Exxon Mobil? What can you do for ExxonMobil that other candidates can’t? Explain how you would be an asset to ExxonMobil? Do you know anyone who works for ExxonMobil? Why should ExxonMobil hire you? What can you do for this company? Why do you want to work for ExxonMobil? Please tell me some… Read more »


i received dis 3 days ago after a month of ignoring and decided to apply…wanna knw if its real or fake.. Exxon Mobil Corp 13501 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77079-1398 August 12, 2015 To Department of Home Land Security United States Immigration Service New York City Field Office Post Email; I am writing this letter to strongly recommend __________________________for a pass to live and work in the USA. ExxonMobil is satisfied with the above names and passport because he has indicated his intention to work with us and he has met with our basic requirements in becoming a… Read more »

Merie pie Charise jose

Hi ,

I am not sure if this site is legit or a scam.they still sending me emails to comply all the requirements needed,what am I confusing is that I need to pay 27 euro or 1700 in Php,for my documents to be submitted and complete package so that the employer will call me for the said thing I don’t know what the job is all about,I sent them letter that I’m getting their contact numbers and they didn’t reply.
No second thought this is a scam.thank you to your website I already identify.


Johnson team is legit or not? I need to pay 27 euro for my documents also. Please help me if this is legal company. Thank yoy

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