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New Zealand – Job scam targets another staffing firm

08 February 2013

An Indian national who posed as a recruiter for a New Zealand staffing company tricked thousands of dollars out of foreign workers hoping to get a job in the country. The man claimed to be working for national recruitment firm Advanced Personnel.

He forged documents and offered applicants jobs that paid only USD 1.30 (NZD 1.50) an hour. The scam was uncovered when jobseekers from India contacted the New Zealand branch of Advanced Personnel in Christchurch.

New Zealand’s immigration office has meanwhile asked the public to help identify fraudsters that claim to work in the recruitment industry and con unsuspecting workers. The country has become a popular destination for Indians hoping to find employment there. This put people in a vulnerable position, the immigration office said.

Last month, US-headquartered recruiter Kelly Services fell victim to a similar scam that targeted Indian students from Singapore. The students were charged to take up fake job offers in New Zealand. 

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