Fiji’s Employment Ministry warns against cash payments for overseas employment registration.
This comes following reports of an imposter, who pretended to be a high-ranking official, deceiving job-seeking Fijians into sending money through MPaisa and other platforms for overseas employment opportunities.
Employment Ministry Permanent Secretary Jone Maritino Nemani says the individual has been claiming to be the “Director Legal” for the ministry and approaching people and soliciting money, promising overseas employment opportunities under the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) Scheme.
“The National Employment Centre (NEC) under the Employment Ministry is solely responsible for the labour mobility programs offered by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand to send Fijians for overseas employment and does not require members of the public from paying any cash to register,” Nemani said.
“Members of the public are warned that the ministry will not be responsible and does not support such deceitful means from individuals claiming to represent the Employment Ministry or a holder of a high position in any public office,” Nemani said.
The ministry encourages individuals who may have fallen victim to this scam to come forward and report their experiences to the police.
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