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Officials have confirmed that there is an unauthorised website posing as an official departmental site. It ends with govau.co while the official DIPB sites, as with all government sites in Australia, ends with gov.au.

Use Immigration Consultants To Avoid Falling Victim To Immigration Scams

Official Department of Immigration and Border Protection websites, as with all government sites in Australia, ends with gov.au.

“The fake website mimics the current departmental website in appearance and layout, particularly when using certain browsers. It is a well camouflaged fake which should be avoided,” said a DIBP spokesman.

“While there is no evidence that the department’s own web presence has been compromised, we advise web users who are looking for information on the department to make sure they visit the department’s official site at www.immi.gov.au or better yet consult a legitimate and registered immigration practitioner, thereby completely eliminating the possibility of being caught up in a fraudulent scam,” the spokesman explained.

Web users should ensure they have the www.immi.gov.au address in their browser when they are looking for information on the department and avoid this unauthorised website.
“This issue is not unique to our department and is a common issue for companies and organisations which use websites to communicate information to their clients,” said the DIBP spokesman.

Meanwhile, there has been a warning about scam agencies offering jobs in Queensland in exchange for cash. Officials said that the fake employment agency is offering employment at Bechtel’s Curtis Island projects in exchange for hundreds of dollars.

Job seekers are being asked to AU$200 upfront for a referral and they another AU$200 when a position is found. Bechtel said people should not pay these fees.

Fake job offers are also appearing on social media such as Facebook and Twitter for positions that do not exist. Emails are being sent that seem to be from directors and managers and ask for money in some cases as well as personal information.

“Bechtel will never ask for money, credit card, or other personal financial information during the application process. Bechtel will never ask candidates to pay fees to start work or to secure visas. Bechtel does not require any purchase or payment to submit a resume or apply for a job,” a statement from the company says.

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