When you plan to move to Canada, all you wish for is to get a Canadian job offer. No doubt, Canada has innumerable employment opportunities for candidates with the right set of qualifications.
But the scammers try to take advantage of the ignorance of gullible immigration aspirants to fool them. So, suppose you are thinking about migrating to Canada. In that case, you must be aware of certain types of immigration scams that target those immigration candidates who do not have a job offer from Canada. There are a few Canadian job offer scams you should be aware of to protect yourself and your finances. So, let’s take a closer look at how to spot a fake Canadian job offer.
- An unrealistic compensation
Salary and benefits that do not match with the nature of employment is the first sign that the job offer is not real. If the salary seems too high for the job offered, it may be scam. You can go to Canadian Government’s Job Bank site and check the average salary for the job offered. If the discrepancy of average salary and offered salary is high, it may be fraud.
In addition, you can check the other benefits and period of offer. If period of offer is too long, the holidays, other perks, benefits like free accommodation and holidays seem too attractive, you should cross check if your job is fraud.
- A work authorization has been obtained, all you have to do is pay a fee
There could be more than one thing that is wrong with the job offered with such attractive conditions.
First, it is rare for a company to voluntarily go through the application process and navigate the complex Canadian immigration bureaucracy to hire a foreign worker without first conducting a face-to-face interview with their prospective employee.
Second, the process of applying for work authorization in Canada necessarily involves the participation of the foreign national. The idea that a work permit can be obtained by an employer without the involvement of the foreign national he or she intends to employ, is most likely neither possible nor plausible.
Finally, the amount claimed in the vast majority of cases does not reflect the actual cost of obtaining a work permit. The government fee for a work permit application is $155, whereas the amount charged in the context of a fake job offer is usually significantly higher.
- Missing or incorrect employer contact information
In the fake job offers, the most obvious sign is the employer information. It may be missing or incorrect. Or if the information is provided, you might not be able to connect to them directly to the authority, like hiring manager or other related personnel.
If the area code of the telephone number provided does not correspond to where the business is supposed to be located, it does not bode well for its legitimacy. The same holds true if the telephone number has been disconnected, if it is a wrong number or if no one ever answers.
Also, you can check the website, email and the name of the company or employer. If it does not match with each other, then there are chances that the job is scam.
- Poor quality of language
Common sense suggests that the vast majority of individuals in a position to make an employment offer in Canada would have a good command of the English language. Therefore, errors in the text of the job offer letter are a good indication that it is not legitimate.
Incorrect verb conjugation, punctuation and misspelled words should not be prevalent in an official document from a Canadian company.
- Unconventional offer letter
The extent to which the offer letter appears to be an official communication from a respected Canadian company can generally be quite revealing. Sometimes, a quick glance at the job offer letter is enough to discern a lack of authenticity. The formatting of the letter and the graphics or images it contains may stand out and seem off-putting.
Most Canadian companies are very effective at writing professional letters to potential employees with the appropriate format and designs along with font and other important things. If these things are not matching or seem doubtful, do not fall for the offer letter.