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The Pom Queen

SCAM WARNING - Back Packers

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Received this email the other day. Please take time to have a read through. There are a number of people who pray on the vulnerable.

 

 

Hi, I work for the education department of Consumer Affairs Victoria. In Victoria, we have received reports of scams offering fruit-picking jobs. We like to warn overseas travellers who are thinking of working here and have prepared the following article for you to include in your communications. If you do use this, I would appreciate if you can send the published link.

 

 

Spring yields new crop of fruit-picking job scams

 

 

Job seekers on working holiday visas should be on the alert for scam emails, advertisements and fake websites offering fruit-picking jobs in Australia, for an up-front fee. The advertisements target backpackers seeking seasonal work and often include ‘free’ accommodation at the place of employment.

 

 

Working-holidaymakers are particularly vulnerable to unscrupulous operators. Consumer Affairs Victoria advises backpackers looking for work to thoroughly research any employment broker or agency promising jobs, before paying them.

 

 

In particular, be wary of job offers that require up-front fees; include ‘free’ accommodation; offer ‘guaranteed’ income or jobs; or advertise harvesting jobs picking the wrong seasonal fruits or vegetables (for example, picking summer fruits in winter).

 

 

Seasonal job seekers should also conduct their own research of the crop farming area, including the types of produce cultivated and the harvest times and methods used.

 

 

Other warning signs to look out for include advertisements that only provide a post office box contact address (no street address) or any agency that guarantees you a quick visa or sponsored employment to work in Australia.

 

 

For further information, view http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/news-and-events/news-updates/fruit-picking-season-yields-new-crop-of-job-scams

or go to http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/


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