GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >>

 
  Share
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 : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 6773 times
Posted on : Tuesday, August 6, 2019  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Eyes of the World on Expo 2020 Dubai
Next Story : GIAS 2020 to feature investment opportunities for participating countries
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Lockdown Showdown: Jaguar I-pace Etrophy Series to Get Back on Track in Berlin i...
Three Eggs get Yemeni National a Guinness World Records Title
Omega's Antimagnetic Tourbillon Is a Watchmaking Breakthrough
Lamborghini SCV12: Squadra Corse Hypercar Ready to Hit the Track
The new BMW M5 and BMW M5 Competition
Toric Tourbillon Slate
GROHE Smart Control Review
Twitter tests Tweeting with Voice
Saxo Bank Launches Loyalty Program for MENA Region Clients
Hyundai Motor and Sony Pictures Entertainment Announce Unique and Pioneering Mul...
American Aesthetic Medical Center Has Something in Store for the Esthetical Figu...
WTTC Launches Safe Travels Protocols for Attractions, Car Hire and Short-Term Rental
NUDESTIX Launches - Nudies Blush, Bronze, and Glow Shade Extension
Volvo Cars Chengdu Car Plant Powered by 100 Per Cent Renewable Electricity
Range Rover Marks 50 Years of All-terrain Innovation and Luxury With Exclusive N...
Under-12 and Over-60 Can Now Take Part in Sports Activities: Dubai Sports Council
Dabur Ensures Safety with Hand Sanitizers and Personal Protection Kits as UAE Es...
Let's Brigthen Up! The Face Shop's Ultimate Summer Skincare Range From Belif is Here!
Handy Helper for Content Creators: The Compact A6100 Mirrorless Camera from Sony...
Pre-orders for Samsung's Galaxy S20+ 5G and Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition now open in...
Experts Highlight need for Young Talent to Develop Skills for a Post-Covid-19 World
Dabur Launches Pure Organic Coconut Oil: Natural Protection for Hair, Skin, and ...
GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail Improves Rating to 'Very Good' in KHDA DSIB 2...
Etihad Airways to Recommence Flights to Athens
Dubai Sees Pronounced Uptick in Demand for Retail Units
Book Building of Amlak International's IPO of 30% of Shares
Sanctuary for the Senses: All-New Lincoln Corsair Arrives with Whisper-Quiet, Co...
Essence Spring/Summer 2020 Collection
Registration Opens for Training On the Camel Trek and Camel Marathon for Expats
Covid-19 Leads UAE Businesses to Adopt Upgraded Green Building Solutions
Dubai Sports Council Discuss Upcoming Sports Events With Federations and Organisers
Dubai Sports Council to Celebrate Dubai's COVID-19 Heroes Through Commemorative ...
Turkish Airlines Was the Busiest Operator in the Eurocontrol Area After Restarti...
Celebrate Father's Day With Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraph Slate'
INFINITI of Arabian Automobiles presents Dubai Islamic Bank customers Super Sale...
Crude Oil Headwinds on Virus and Technicals
Customers can Benefit from Increasing Gold Rate by just Paying 10% Advance at Ma...
Canadian University Dubai Receives Prestigious Certification in Education for Pu...
Report Reveals the Six Fintech Innovations That Will Boost the ‘Financial Health...
Serco Middle East Appoints New Managing Director for Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram
Big Bang Integral King Gold
Pan Emirates Unveils Exclusive New Collection
Digital Vision Technology Signals On-Track Success for Panasonic Jaguar Racing
Schneider Electric Extends Strategic Partnerships with AVEVA, Lenovo and Stratus...
Celebrate World Music Day with HONOR Magic Earbuds
The 11th Edition of the Arab Fashion Week to Launch Virtually Today, from June 2...
New Bentayga to Launch Beyond100
Cairo Amman Bank Adopts the Latest Technology to Enhance Performance and Securit...
Celebrate Summer Safely with the New, Shopping Normal at BurJuman
Registration open for Dubai Watersports Summer Week