Spotting an immigration scam

Spotting an immigration scam

The consultants at Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Ltd (BIC) hear heart-breaking stories on a regular basis of people who fall victim to immigration scams.

Spotting an immigration scam

The scammers are ruthless in their acts and methods, and persons are often so desperate to believe the lies sold to them, that they pay over monies, without thinking twice, or resign from their current jobs, in the belief that the supposed overseas job is for real.

Recently, we were made aware of yet another new immigration scam. In the latest scam, job offers are made to persons outside the UK, asking them to send money in order to provide for the necessary immigration arrangements. These scam artists are so cunning that they even make use of the name of our company in their supposed ‘job offers.’ Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants (BIC) are supposed to be the company taking care of the immigration side of the job offer to the overseas person.  The email addresses used for Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants, are however not those of BIC but or addresses.

But how do you spot an immigration scam? The following caveats might help.

How to spot a scam

  • Be wary if a job is being offered to you and no formal job interview took place. When something sounds too good to be true, it unfortunately often is!
  • 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.
  • Be wary if you are asked to pay over any monies for immigration matters.
  • Do not provide anyone with your bank account or card details! Especially not to the supposed UK employer who wants to pay over the money for your (supposed) plane ticket!
  • 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, or telephoning the head office.
  • A legit UK employer or immigration agent will not make use of or email addresses.
  • Some persons receive sham calls from immigration scammers pretending that they are from the UK Home Office. They are told that they are being fined a certain amount and asked to pay the ‘fine.’ They are also provided with a false name and return phone number of the ‘contact person at the UK Home Office’. 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.
  • 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 into the trap of these ruthless scammers.

BIC would like to highlight to readers that they must under no circumstances cave in under any pressure to provide any person or organisation with monies, or bank details. If in doubt, please contact your BIC consultant to look into the matter. These scammers are unscrupulous and hardened criminals, and the methods they use might appear to be very genuine and convincing. or