There are so many scams on the net that I thought I give you a recent example.
This example is an email scam focused on extracting as much valuable information from an unsuspecting candidate as possible. This information can then be used for criminal purposes and the candidate can end up with a lot of trouble.
The scam goes as follows:
“Thank you for your letter.
We would like to inform you that we were able to provide an employer for you who is currently awaiting your official documents, so that they can apply for a work permit for you. The employer has confirmed about you and we were given the list of the necessary documents which have to accompany your application.
In Europe, no employer will hire you without having interviewed you or at least spoken to you and verified that you are allowed to work in Europe. You can also spot the grammar mistakes in the letter, which often indicates that it is a scam.
Our main duty, as a recruiter, is to coordinate your job application with the employer and observe your legal transfer throughout the whole application process till the successful start of the job. We are completely ready to assist you all the time, so that all the application process can run smoothly.
Oops, plain English is certainly difficult when it is not your native tongue! A load of waffle only to impress you, the candidate/target.
The next bit is even more revealing……
In direct observation of the most recent European legislation and in observation of the laws in your country, we would like to emphasize that our procedure is completely legal as it involves work permit application and work visa application. This should 100% assure you that you will be able to start a completely legal job in Europe.
We would also like to advise you once again to strictly follow our professional guidelines since this will ensure your legal hiring in Europe and start of the new job!
Don’t you start wondering if this is legal or not when you read this? European companies do not have to emphasize they are legal. There are ways of finding out via the chamber of commerce, the embassy of the country, etc. They only put this in as they know they are illegal and want to give you the impression of the opposite.
We would like to make several important points in regard with your Job application:
1. The employer is presently expecting your fully prepared application package for further work permit processing:
This is the list of the documents YOU NEED to prepare now:
1. Personal registration number in the state work force office
2. CV – European format
3. Work permit form (filled in with your details) – you need to fill in only part 2
4. Motivation Letter
Notice: Passport is not a mandatory requirement at this stage, it shall be required at a later stage in the process at the embassy and you can process it meanwhile. Presently, you need to concentrate on the preparation of the above-mentioned 4 items and it is recommended not to delay the process and miss deadlines for submission of documents based on that lack of passport.
Applying for a job abroad without having to use your passport. Nuts! All they want to do is grab your precious personal details as quickly as possible, hence the following point:
2. Deadlines – DEADLINE FOR THE PREPARATION OF THE DOCUMENTS – AUGUST 12th.
It means your application set needs to be entirely prepared PRIOR that date. Once deadline is missed we cancel the application altogether and our policy is not to work again on applications with missed deadlines.
The reason they don’t want to work on another application is that they have your details by now and don’t want you to harass them while they abuse your details.
Preparation of your application documents – Step-by Step Guide:
1) You should obtain your personal work force registration number first.
This registration number does not exist in any European country.
2) After you obtain your personal work force registration number, then accurately fill in the documents (CV, Motivation letter, Work permit application form), so that your official application package is complete.
3) E-mail us your prepared documents including your work force registration number. We will review them and enclose the address of your employer. Then we will send you back the documents.
Don’t expect your documents ever to be mailed back to you. You will never see them again!
4) You have to print the documents and send a paper copy of the documents to the employer. You may send them via courier.
3. We are glad to represent you the vacancy you are considered for. You can review it in details here:
Job Description: Office Assistant
Workplace: Administrative Support Department of a Well-established Company
Start Salary: 2500 Euro/month = 140 979 pesos/month
Job Location: Ireland
Working hours: 40 per week
Start Date: As soon as possible
Terms of Employment: Permanent / Full Time
Work contract: Valid for 1 year with an option of renewal for 3 then 5 years.
Accommodation: First class accommodation will be provided in proximity to the work place and paid for by the employer (separate bedroom and bath, furnished, utilized) /family accommodation is also available if needed/
Medical Insurance: Employer provides you with comprehensive health care for the term of the contract -medical/dental and retirement insurance
Other benefits: Annual vacations, plane ticket and visa fees covered by the employer, pension schemes
The rules in Europe are such that an employer has to prove he can not find anyone in Europe to fill this position. Only when he can prove this he might be allowed to hire someone from outside the EU. An office assistant generally has no, or very few, qualifications and can not expect to earn 2500 Euros per month. Even graduates don’t earn that much. As this is such a generic position the employer will not have any trouble filling this position with a star candidate from within Europe.
4. Personal Registration Number in work force office:
The state work force office registration is mandatory for all applicants. One potential registration in the state work force office will facilitate the particular employer. After a given application is listed in the database of the state work force office, it becomes officially present on the labour market, it becomes legitimate.
More nonsense to give you the impression that this is really, really official. The state work force office does not exist anywhere, nor does the registration.
> This registration can be completed ONLY through specialized companies based here in Europe.
Nice one. By claiming they are specialised they force you to fill in this load of nonsense.
5. RECOMMENDATION of a Professional Documents Preparation Company:
We have disclosed here the contacts of a specialized European-based company that is working online. This company can register you in state work force office and prepare your CV, Work permit form and Motivation letter in only 1 day against minimal charge.
The contacts of the company are:
The use of a gmail account indicates they’re most likely a scam. These accounts can be set up and discarded easily, unlike accounts with registered websites which can be trace to a person.
We encourage you to contact them and immediately coordinate for 1 day application set preparation. They charge minimal fee and prepare all application set items in accordance with the current European standards.
Our previous applicants have used their service and remained satisfied with the service quality and speed. Moreover, most of these applicants are already successfully working in Europe.
Guess you won’t get any examples of those successful candidates!
You are welcome to contact us for any further questions.
You may reach us online at yahoo-messenger: BESTHELP11
via Live chat: http://chat.eurosalary.com/connectst.htmlHaven’t tried the yahoo messenger link, but the live chat link doesn’t work and when you go to eurosalary dot com the site rambles, contains many grammatical errors, and the contact options don’t work.
When you check them out it transpires they have only been recently registered their website, which is in stark contrast to what they claim on their site. The site is registered via an Australian/American/Spanish domain name registrar:
Domain Name: EUROSALARY.COM Registrar: MELBOURNE IT, LTD. D/B/A INTERNET
NAMES WORLDWIDE Whois Server: whois.melbourneit.com Referral URL: http://www.melbourneit.com
Name Server: NS1.HOSTMONSTER.COM Name Server: NS2.HOSTMONSTER.COM Status:
clientTransferProhibited Updated Date: 10-aug-2010 Creation Date: 15-aug-2009
Expiration Date: 15-aug-2011
The site apparently is run by Bulgarian scammers and various scam & fraud watching sites list them. See e.g. Fraudwatchers.org
So, don’t get fooled.
DO NOT SEND ANY INFORMATION TO THEM.