Recently AFS International has been made aware of various schemes, being circulated via e-mails, falsely stating that they are issued by or associated with AFS Intercultural Programs, AFS Board of Trustees or other AFS entities.  These schemes propose fake job offers in order to extract money and personal details from the recipients of such correspondence.

The schemes, which have no connection whatsoever with AFS, take many forms. Usually they consist of proposals, sent via e-mail, mainly in the form of job offers, from people purporting to be AFS representatives. The correspondence and other documents, e-mails addresses and web sites may be made to look like they originate with AFS, or may contain links to the real AFS web sites. For example, they may contain official-looking AFS stationery, including the AFS logo or name.

The most common scheme takes the form of an employment proposal. This usually includes offers of employment or vacancy announcements, request a scanned copy of passport or other official identification, and include employment forms to be filled out with personal data and other documentation.  There may also be requests for payment of fees.

AFS does not charge a fee at any stage of the employment recruitment process and does not ask future or current employees to pay for work-related materials. AFS does not request information regarding bank accounts. Any requests for such payment or personal information should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action and to AFS International.

SUCH USE OF AFS NAME AND LOGO OR OTHER NAMES OR TRADEMARKS ASSOCIATED TO AFS IN THESE SCHEMES IS UNAUTHORIZED AND ILLEGAL. THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES SHOULD BE INFORMED OF ANY SUCH ACTIVITIES WHICH AFS BECOMES AWARE, FOR APPROPRIATE ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY THOSE AUTHORITIES.

EXTREME CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED IN RELATION TO ANY SUSPICIOUS COMMUNICATION, AS FINANCIAL LOSS AND IDENTITY THEFT COULD RESULT FROM THE SENDING OF MONEY OR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THOSE ISSUING SUCH FRAUDULENT CORRESPONDENCE.

If you become aware of suspicious job openings or offers of employment, kindly bring this to our attention by alerting Divya Arora at divya.arora@afs.org or india@afs.org