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New Zealand – Kelly Services victim of job scam

31 January 2013

An international recruitment firm has become tangled up in a job scam which offers fake jobs to foreign students from Singapore. New Zealand’s immigration office has warned students about the false employment offers.

After reports emerged that mainly Indian students from Singapore were charged up to NZD $4,000 (approximately USD 3,350) to take up job offers that did not exist, the immigration office sent out an international warning. The jobs were targeted at international students in Singapore with positions ranging from IT, healthcare and food and beverage industries.

The fake jobs were offered by US-based recruitment firm Kelly Services.

New Zealand has become an attractive destination for Indians. “We have ensured that information on this scam is available to all our decision-makers globally. While people are free to find out for themselves about the requirement for work in New Zealand, work opportunities and to arrange jobs, anyone who needs immigration advice should only use a licensed immigration adviser,” said general manager of Immigration New Zealand, Nicola Hogg, to local media.

It is believed that hundreds of Indian students may have fallen victim to the scheme. Kelly Services confirmed that the job offers were not genuine and has made its global team aware of the scam.

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