Africa: Visa sponsorships for jobs in Australia? No, the website is just another scam

IN BRIEF: A website shared on African social media promises an easy and fast path to visa sponsorship in the wealthy country of Australia. But it is a scam and might try to steal opportunity seekers personal information.

“Start your journey to Australia. Now Australian businesses and employers will provide visa sponsorship to international applicants and invite them to work in Australia,” reads the link to a website circulating on Facebook and WhatsApp in several African countries countries.

“The government is also looking for domestic and international candidates who can fill Australia’s job shortage. Australia’s public services offer thousands of jobs,” the message read. adds.

The website has a banner at the top of the screen that says “AUSTRALIA SPONSORSHIP VISA AND JOB PORTAL 2022/2023”. He says no less than 195,000 jobs are up for grabs.

The website displays an “inquiry form” which asks for personal information such as name, phone number, email address, address and country of origin before proceeding.

But is the Australian immigration website and information legit? We have checked.

Scam signs

When we clicked on the linkour computer anti-virus program immediately warned us that it was potentially a malicious link. We took the risk – not recommended – and opened the site.

We then filled in our personal details and were directed to the next step to validate our name.

Here we were informed that we were qualified to work and study in Australia under the sponsorship program. But you had to share the site “to 5 groups or 15 friends on WhatsApp” by clicking on a green button.

The website then displayed the message: “You will be automatically redirected to our ‘VISA FORM’ page once the GREEN verification bar is completed.”

This is a classic example of engagement bait. These are usually social media posts that ask people to interact by liking, commenting, or sharing. This increases the scope of the position but ultimately offers no rewards, and certainly no work visa. These links may also attempt to steal valuable personal information.

Africa Check has already reviewed similar fraudulent messages. To protect yourself against online fraudsters, read our guide to facebook scams and how to spot them.

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