Warning over fake Pacific Seasonal Worker agents. Photo credit:

Warning over fake Pacific Seasonal Worker agents. Photo credit:

Bogus recruitment agents are again taking money from Solomon Islanders who want to pick fruits in Australia and New Zealand, and the Labour Mobility Unit has issued another call for the public to watch out for fake recruitment schemes.

The Unit facilitates seasonal workers schemes in New Zealand and Australia and were alerted of unlicensed agents requesting money from people, and falsely promising to send them to New Zealand and Australia.

Under current terms of seasonal work schemes, agents are not permitted to charge any fees to applicants.

The Unit said people who want to participate in seasonal work overseas should never pay money to any person who promises them work under these schemes.

Meanwhile, the Labor Mobility Unit says people falsely claiming to be recruitment agents is committing fraud and will be referred to the police.

It says, “the public is strongly advised to verify the genuineness of recruiting agents before dealing with any agent and proceeding with the recruitment process”.

Licenses for recruitment agents are valid for one year only and the Labor Mobility Unit keeps a list of all licensed recruiters freely available to the public.

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