This is just one of the many such instances that actually came to light and the alleged perpetrator has been arrested and hopefully be brought to justice. Like her there are others in countries where the victim may be located, who claim to know someone who can offer you a job without an interview only for a small upfront price to start your process.
Step 1: You are asked to send your CV, qualification and work experience documents to make it look legitimate. Then obviously there is the small price to pay for arranging your contract and for those who still fall for it further, there would be additional charges to pay for arranging for the visa.
For the price you pay you do get something in return. What value it holds for you is a different matter all together.
Step 2: You will get a job offer or a letter of offer. This could be in your name individually or issued for a whole group. The logic they use for a group letter is that they are hiring in bulk and the companies find it easier to issue such letters to them.
Step 3: For those who pay the next installment, they get a contract on the official letterhead of the company with a signature of a fictitious head of some department in that organization. You might also get a scanned copy of your new employment ID as proof of things that are being arranged.
Step 4: Then you wait, wait and you wait a little longer. You call your contact and ask for an update. You are given an excuse that things are taking longer than usual. Then you call again, getting impatient and then it happens. Your phone calls are no longer answered, you don’t get any reply to your emails.
What to watch out for
1. Contact is made through only a Gmail id. The company that says it sends millions of candidates successfully across the world on work visas, can surely invest in a domain name and work email.
2. Always do at least a simple search on the company name or the individual name also by adding the word “scam” against it. At least the really obvious ones would come up in some search in some forum or have some complaint against it/ him/ her.
3. Watch out for simple errors in the documentation. Most of these documents, whether it is the initial email, letter of offer, or your contract will probably have some spelling mistake or grammatical errors. For eg: Toronto may be spelt as “Toranto”. Things that on first glance you may not notice. Check the company logo, it may or may not look exactly like the one that you search for online.
4. Who has signed your document and what is his job title there. A simple Google search on his/ her name may reveal that there is no such person by the name and the position is held by someone else.
All documents that you receive are made by experts in forging documents. They make a living on your hard earned money by only providing you with fake documents and hope.
If you would like to know more or would like to check if the offer you have received is genuine or not, feel free to write in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and we can have a confidential discussion.