You’ve been looking for your dream job in Canada for a long time? Find out how you can reduce the risk of being the target of job offer fraud.
1) An unrealistic compensation
Salaries and benefits are not commensurate with the nature of work are signs that the job offer was not real.
The first and most obvious sign of a problem is the salary too high for the job. If in doubt, the average Canadian salary per occupation can be verified in the Government of Canada Job Bank website.
If there is a significant difference between the salary information found on the site and the proposed salary, this does not bode well for the legitimacy of the work and it might be too good to be true.
The second sign that should raise doubts about the validity of job offers is various benefits associated with the jobs that are too attractive. Many of these fake jobs offers to show the benefits that will trigger the lofty ideals and big dreams for every foreigner seeking employment. Fees paid from the country of origin, free accommodation and holiday periods realistic common benefits found in fraudulent job offers.
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2) A work authorization has been obtained, all you have to do is pay a fee
There are several things wrong with this picture.
First, it is rare for a company to voluntarily through an application process and navigate the complex Canadian immigration bureaucracy to hire foreign workers without first conducting face to face interviews with their clients.
Second, the process of applying for work authorization in Canada must include the participation of foreign nationals. The idea that a work permit can be obtained by the employer without the involvement of foreign nationals he intends to employ, likely impossible and unreasonable.
Finally, the amount claimed in the majority of cases does not reflect the actual cost of obtaining a work permit. Government fees for a work permit application are $ 155, while the amount charged in the context of a false job offer is usually significantly higher.
3) Missing or incorrect employer contact information
One of the most obvious signs and objective that false bids are a problem with the contact information provided by the employer.
First, if the area code of the phone number provided does not correspond with where the business is supposed to be, it does not bode well for its legitimacy. The same applies if a phone number has been disconnected, if it was a wrong number or if no one ever answers.
The second part of the contact information that can be used to distinguish a fake bid is the email address provided by the employer. If a legitimate company’s website is www.XYZ.com, and representatives of the company name are Stephen, the address will almost certainly be Stephen@xyz.com. It does not matter if the email address is very similar to that used for the website address, if not identical, it is a good indication of a scam.
4) Poor quality of language
Common sense suggests that most of the individuals in a position to make an offer of employment in Canada will have a good command of the English language.
Therefore, an error in the text of the job offer letter is a good indication that it is not valid. One conjugate verbs, punctuation and misspelled words are not to be prevalent in an official document from a Canadian company.
5) Unconventional offer letter
The extent to which the offer letter appears to be an official communication from a respected Canadian company, in general, can be quite revealing.
Sometimes, at first glance, the job offer letter is sufficient to distinguish a lack of authenticity. The letter format and graphic or image content may stand out and seem off-putting.
Most Canadian companies are very effective at writing professional-looking offer letters to potential employees. Therefore, if the manner in which the letter is written seems inadequate, or if there is an unconventional choice of font or font size, this should be a concern with respect to the legitimacy of the offer.
Although fraudsters have effective strategies for deceiving unsuspecting foreign nationals, there are telling clues that can be used to recognize these strategies. By identifying and understanding these clues, it is possible to detect false job offers and prevent foreign nationals from becoming victims of these fraudulent schemes.
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