Wednesday 25 March 2009

Scam alert - ITA Work and Travel

In conjunction with our friends at both Mmegi and The Voice we seem to be uncovering a scam called "ITA Work and Travel".

These people placed adverts in local newspapers (although they actually got their victims to do it for them) offering highly paid job opportunities around the world, paying over US$ 5,000 per month. Of course these jobs don't exist, they're just a way of getting you to part with your money.

Once you respond you get an email which says:
"Dear prospective client,
It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been pre-selected and your profile has been accepted by major organizations in the United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Australia, Russia, China, Greece, South Africa and Turkey. You are one of the lucky few we think has the qualities we are looking for. We are excited to hire you because despite your qualifications and possible experience, you're potential to enroll with us and we greatly appreciate it."
Note the first clue. They don't use your name. That's because they send this to every potential victim.

They ask you to pay $350 as a "registration fee" and later over $1,000 to process the necessary visas.

We phoned the scammers pretending to be a potential victim and recorded the conversation. We spoke to someone who called himself Henry who said that he could get us a "diplomatic visa" and a job on a cruise ship.

Some of their victims have been offered accountancy jobs paying the mythical $5,000 per month in Florida even though the victim had barely qualified as an accountant.

This is all a scam, don't go near them.

You've been warned!

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