Scammers have been running employment scams overseas using the offer of fake jobs in New Zealand companies. The people running these employment scams are pretending to be NZ employers and may be trying to get money from individuals.
How does the scam work?
The scammer will make contact using email, phone or place a job ad on an employment website. They will offer a well-paid job based solely on your experience, or following a basic interview by phone.
These job offers often include information that is not typical in New Zealand such as:
- A monthly salary (NZ salaries are given as annual figures)
- An amount in New Zealand dollars after tax (NZ salary figures are given as before tax)
- Hours of work per day (NZ employers specify hours per week)
- NZ Embassy contact details (not usually provided on NZ job listings)
Once you accept the job, you will be required to complete ‘visa application forms’ and be directed to your nearest ‘New Zealand Embassy’ – both of which are also fake, and part of the scammer’s process to appear legitimate.
You will then be asked to pay ‘visa processing fees’ and other application related costs. This money goes directly to the scammer.
Checking if a job offer is legitimate
If you’ve received an offer of a job in New Zealand and you’re not sure if it’s legitimate, make sure you:
Research the company making the offer: Google the company’s website and check the address using Google Street view.
Call the New Zealand number provided: In many cases the scammers use software that mimics New Zealand phone numbers to appear real. Call the number to check – if there is no dial tone, it may be a scam.
Contact the New Zealand company directly: If it appears that the company does exist, verify the job offer by using the phone number listed on Google, and ask to speak with the person that has made you the offer.
Report a scam
Help if you have been scammed or think you are about to be scammed: Netsafe can’t open investigations or track scammers, but we can offer support and advice for people who have lost money in a scam, or think they are about to. This includes letting you know the steps you can take depending on the scam you’re in and giving you advice about how to stay safe in future. You can report a scam to www.netsafe.org.nz/report.
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