In the light of on-going immigration scams, BIC would once again like to warn South Africans to be very careful to fall in the trap of these ruthless scammers by following the caveats below.
Immigration consultants/lawyers must be regulated
- If you are making use of an immigration consultant in the UK, please be aware of the fact that the consultant must either be regulated by the Law Society of England or Wales, or by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). It is illegal to render UK immigration advice in the UK, if not regulated by one of these bodies.
Tier 2 Employment Scams
There are a number of Tier 2 employment scams going around. The scammers are not UK employers and the employment being offered does not exist, neither does the supposed UK employer. The applicants are asked to pay the UK Home Office fees to the supposed UK employer, together with courier and other administrative fees. As soon as the monies are paid over, they are never heard of again.
- Be wary if a job is being offered to you and no formal job interview took place.
- Be wary if you are asked to pay over any monies for UK Home Office fees. Application fees for entry clearance will not be paid by the employer, but by the applicant directly to the UK Home Office.
- In fact, be wary if you are asked to pay over any monies!
- Make sure the company offering the job is legit, by doing a background check on them. This can be done by asking around amongst UK friends or family, or at the very least doing an internet search.
- Students at some UK universities receive calls from individuals who claim they work for the UK Border Agency, giving a false name and a return phone number. These calls are not from the UK Border Agency. The caller may appear to be genuine and convincing and explain that there is a serious problem with your immigration status, and that you need to send a payment as soon as possible to prevent further action including deportation.
- Some of our clients have received sham calls from immigration scammers pretending that they are from the UK Border Agency (UKBA). They were told that they are being fined a certain amount, and asked to pay the ‘fine’. They were also provided with a false name and return phone number of the ‘contact person at the UKBA’.
- Please note that these calls appear to be genuine and very convincing, and the scammers will ask you to pay the fine as soon as possible to avoid deportation etc.
- Please do not make any payments to these persons, and do not provide anyone with your bank account or card details.
There are many more scams out there, the important thing is to trust your ‘gut feeling’ if something feels ‘too good to be true’ or if you are uneasy for any reason, rather take the time to check out the situation than to fall in the trap of these ruthless scammers. Please feel free to contact BIC to check things out for you.
For more information, please contact our offices at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us in London on 0845 074 0514.
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