Antiguans duped by job scam

ST. JOHN’S — Several residents and overseas businesses have issued a red alert about an alleged “jobs scam” in which an advertiser is inviting people to work overseas and asking them to make money transfers to facilitate their travel abroad.

One resident reported to police this week that the con, utilising local newspapers – Facebook and other means – has been advertising positions overseas through a company (name withheld).

Hundreds of jobs are up for grabs and local resident, Keegan Barthley, said he decided to sign up.

He said he received an email confirming he would get the post at a hotel – Trump Towers in the US.

“They asked for a copy of my passport, driver’s licence and other things and when I did (submit them), they told me they wanted a down payment on the ticket of US $225 to make sure I don’t’ jump ship when I reached.

“Then the man who called said I also needed to pay a further US $190 for another purpose. He said I could send all the cash through bank transfers …” Barthley said.

The applicant said a red flag immediately went up when the offerer instructed him to use the money transfers only “because banks don’t transfer money properly and on time.”

Thereafter, Barthley said the man kept calling him repeatedly and leaving messages asking when he would execute the money transfer.

He said he did further investigations with the hotel with which he was to be employed, and the operators said they never issued any advertisement for the post and neither was there any vacancy within the company.

In support of his complaints, the applicant provided copies of several correspondences between him and the man proposing to find him a job.

Several other residents made reports to this newsroom last week explaining their experience with the advertiser using a gmail account, proposing to secure them jobs overseas.

Police spokesman Inspector William Holder also revealed he was aware of the matter yesterday.

He urged residents to exercise caution in responding to such advertisements, particularly as it relates to transferring monies and providing personal details. (Antigua Observer)

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