Jobseekers warned against employment scams

24 Sep 2013 11:40
WINDHOEK, 24 SEP (NAMPA) - The Australian Consulate in Windhoek has issued a warning to Namibians to not fall prey to cruise ship employment scams which defraud victims of fees supposedly for visas or fictitious ‘foreign worker certificates’.
A media statement issued by Australian Honorary Consul Ed Humphrey on Tuesday advised jobseekers to verify all job offers by contacting the relevant companies.
The statement said the Australian Government is aware that Namibians have been targeted by unsolicited e-mails fraudulently offering employment at Australian cruise ship companies.
According to Humphrey, it appears as if the e-mails originate from West Africa, not Australia.
“The Australian High Commission in Pretoria and the Australian Consulate in Windhoek is unable to verify employment offers from Australian companies. Jobseekers are strongly advised to verify all job offers using publicly available contact details for the relevant companies,” he stressed.
He added that information on applying for Australian visas is available on the website www.immi.gov.au.
“Should you believe that you are the victim of a scam, you should report it to your local police,” Humphrey said.
Such scams can also be reported via the website www.scamwatch.gov.au.
(NAMPA)
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