Japa: How To Know Job Scams In UK, Canada, Germany is a report that will show you four signs your new job is a scam!
Many Nigerians are immigrating to the U.K, Canada, U.S, Germany and other foreign countries for different purposes, prominent of which is for studies.
However, though many of them emigrate with the complete belief that there are many jobs in their destination countries, some soon come to the reality that things are not as rosy as they seemed while they were still in Nigeria.
One such thing is job scams in the U.K, and other foreign countries.
Finding a job in these countries is not usually easy as you think.
So, because of the difficulty in finding a job, many Nigerians have fallen victims to job scams because they jumped on any job they thought is the jackpot.
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Though, others too landed themselves jobs of different categories.
The sad thing is that more Nigerians are still falling victims to job scams.
This report, therefore, will teach you signs you should look out for to avoid falling victims to job scams in the U.K and elsewhere.
What You must know:
65,929 Nigerian students received UK student visa in 2022, 8 times more visa than it was in 2019, an increase of 686%.
Nigerian students schooling in the U.K often engage in side jobs to augment their expenses in the U.K.
Hence, they take up jobs to earn money.
Also, the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns made most jobs to be remote. Consequently, Nigerians, like other Britons, apply for jobs online.
However, because most of the jobs are equally remote, it is not usually as easy as it should in verifying the authenticity of a job.
Because of this, most job seekers, including Nigerians who japa from Nigeria into the U.K, Canada, Germany or other foreign countries, might not know how to or where to verify the jobs they have applied for or jobs they are currently working.
They rather discover too late after they must have completed tasks or even used their own savings to do the jobs which turn out to be scams.
They also fail to make the money they hoped they would make as well as lose time, energy and other things.
Example of such jobs opportunities are usually presented as ads that are not written very well, with a mobile number often as the contact.
The jobs are sold as flexible home working, so you can work it around your life.
The work can be anything from filling envelopes, assembling things or selling goods or services.
But how can Nigerians in the U.K, Canada, Germany, Others, recognise job scams?
Generally, some job scams can have similar enticing words such as: “the business will run itself,” “massive earning opportunities for very little work” or “if it sounds too good to be true it usually is.”
Here are four signs to know that a job or your current job is a scam.
Four Signs To Know A Job Is Scam In the U.K, Canada, Others:
Sign 1: Pay Advance Fee To Join programme or Use your money to buy tools for the work:
One red flag to know if a job is scam is that the supposed employer asks you to pay a fee to join the job programme or so.
Anybody who wants to employ you won’t ask you to pay some fees.
So, if you are asked to pay any amount as processing fees or whatever nomenclature it is, “Run O!”
Sign 2: Use your money to get or buy tools or equipment for the job:
If the supposed employer asks you to use your money to get the tools to work for them, then its likely a scam job.
Labour laws entails that your employer provides you with working tools for work.
But these job scammers would tell you to use your own money to buy tools, after which they would send you tasks to do.
When you may have completed the task and sent to them, they won’t pay you for job done.
Sign 3: Asks You To Open Up Amazon and Other borderless Accounts with your bank cards using specific links:
For Nigerians and those applying for foreign jobs while still in Nigeria or own country, you must beware of foreign job scams that ask you to open borderless accounts with your bank cards, like Amazon accounts. and suing a link they sent to you.
This is not to say that you don’t need an account that has not boarder limitations such as PayPal.
Most people have secured legitimate international jobs while still in their home countries and opened similar accounts but not to involved their other personal bank card details.
However, as ideal as this is, opening accounts and exposing your other bank’s card details at the behest of the supposed employer and via links sent to you could smack of job scams.
Many Nigerians have seen their other personal bank funds drained by job scammers who asked them to open accounts via links they sent to them.
Sign 4: Asks you to recruit others such as friends or family members to the job:
Another sign that a job could be scam is when, even before you get paid for the task you were asked to do, the scammer hiding as an employer asks you to recruit others to do more jobs.
They will promise to pay you all afterwards.
You could even be told to pay those you employed with your own money while the employer will pay you all your expenses when you have completed your final task.
But the employers will not pay you when you complete your task.
The scammers will end up scamming both you and those you recruited.
Sign 5: Other employers suddenly reach out to you with your personal details:
You should also note that the criminals may also sell or share your personal information with other criminals.
Those criminals can then contact you for other jobs that could take similar process, all with the aim of scamming you repeatedly.
So, be very cautious, be mindful that it’s as much about vetting your potential employer as it is for them to vet you.
Final advice: Don’t pay any money in advance to start a new job.
Most legitimate employers won’t ask you to pay to work for them.
So, be wise. Shine your eyes!