We have just taken down another scam involving a fake UK company called FP Plastics.
If you have applied for one of their fake jobs and get a job offer, do not send them any money in order to (allegedly) buying plane tickets, visas or work permits. If you have send them money, contact your bank or credit card provider and your local police to report the fraud.
The phone number listed on their fake website belongs to the real FP Plastics, so ringing them will not help you as the real company are victims as well.
As we keep on repeating over and over, in order to be able to work in Europe the employer needs to submit an application for a work permit. A prospective employee can NOT do this.
Work permits are only given to licensed companies who can not find their staff anywhere in Europe, i.e. there is a huge shortage not just in the UK, but all over Europe. This is normally the case only for doctors, medical staff and other highly specialised staff.
Check out the UK government website (or the relevant government website if the company is based elsewhere in the EU) to see if your skills qualify for a work permit.
The following is applicable for the UK only, but the procedure is the same all over the EU.
You need to be employed by a licensed sponsor to apply to live in the UK. You can download the list of licensed sponsors to see if the company who has offered you a job is on the list.
Your sponsor checks that you can do the job they’re hiring you for and if it qualifies you for a visa. They’ll assign you a certificate of sponsorship to prove this.
They must also give you other information you need when you apply, for example how much you’ll be paid.
How long it will take
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you’re due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.
- Check the company online to see if they are real. You can use Companies House (UK only) to check if they really exist. A fake website can be created in no time.
- You can use LinkedIn.com to see if there are any employees listed for this company. Be very careful when you see anonymous LinkedIn accounts such as:
- Search Google for “Scam” and the company name. This will give you links to sites such as Scamwarners and others.
- Do a search for the domain name on Whois.com or websites of domain name providers. If the domains are registered recently, be very careful. The domain name should show a contact name. If this person uses a gmail address or another email address not linked to the company, again, be very suspicious.
- Never, ever pay a company to get a job. A company normally pays your (big) expenses and they will generally not ask you to pay them. Paying a company in the EU to get a job is generally regarded as bribing and is illegal.