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Singaporeans are paying more than $4,000 to work in New Zealand under a scam promising fake employment offers.

The scam has affected international students in Singapore, who have been duped into paying S$4,190 for an opportunity to work in New Zealand. The offers were for positions in the information technology, health and food and beverage sectors, and were printed on the letterheads of recruitment company Kelly Services, The New Zealand Herald reported.

Victoria Robertson, general manager of Kelly Services, said the offers have not been issued from any employee or representative of the company, adding there were elements in the letter which were “patently false”.

These included the brand and layout, address and the person named in the contract. Robertson also assured the company does not charge for employment services, and offer letters were only sent for genuine offers.

“We have followed up this matter with the relevant authorities and have made our global team aware of the false use of our brand in this regard,” she said.

James Ellis, director of educational agency Edvantage International Consulting in Auckland, believes hundreds of Singaporean students could have fallen victim to the scam. One of his clients was promised an annual salary of NZ$28,600 (S$29,964) with a food and beverage establishment in Auckland, and lost NZ$4,000 to the scam.

Nicola Hogg, New Zealand’s immigration general manager, said information about the scam has been sent out to all global decision-makers, and added those who were seeking employment opportunities in the country “should only use a licensed immigration adviser”.

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