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The flip side to this dream for several gullible youngsters and
job-seekers in India and Nigeria though, remains the threat of fraud. Over
the last year, VFS Global has continually faced the issue of
scammers posing as employees or associates of the organisation
and embezzling innocent applicants.

Misusing VFS Global’s trusted name in the visa space, such
scammers lure unsuspecting aspirants with the false promise of
overseas settlement. An all-too-frequent modus operandi involves
a scammer using new software and other technology, to clone VFS
Global’s web page and mask their phone numbers, so it appears
that the call has indeed come from an official VFS Global line.
The victim is then asked to verify the number on the official
website, leading him/her to further believe the caller

The initial call is backed by fabricated job offer letters and
official looking documentation sent via email. To show
acceptance of the job offer or immigration opportunity, the
email states that the applicant will have to make an upfront
payment and share personal information to take things forward.

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Most applicants unfortunately fall victim to such scams, and pay
large sums of money to the fraudsters in the hope of receiving
their visa/immigration papers.  

    • VFS Global takes such duplicity very seriously and makes a
      continual effort to reach out to victims and potential
      applicants to warn them against such shams.

      ALWAYS REMEMBER

    • VFS Global staff is not authorised to guarantee jobs or
      immigration prospects to any customer. Applicants are also urged
      never to publish their passport or visa application numbers on
      public domains or social media platforms such as Twitter or
      Facebook, as scammers are constantly on the lookout for this.
      Remember, VFS Global never asks for up-front payments via mail
      or phone.

      Applicants are advised that VFS Global has extensive safeguards
      in place to protect applicants’ personal data. The company is
      compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection
      Regulation, and has put in stringent security systems to abide
      by the legislation.

      HOW TO DETECT YOU ARE POSSIBLY DEALING WITH A SCAMSTER

    • You can usually detect a scam:
      • When you receive emails with job offers or immigration
        promises from fabricated email IDs via personal email accounts
        (Gmail, Yahoo, .co.in, etc.).
      • When advance payments to personal bank accounts are demanded
        with the threat of visa application rejection or deportation.
      • When you receive pixelated and out-of-proportion VFS Global
        logo on the fabricated job offer letters and contracts.