(CMR) CMR has uncovered a major employment scam in which a fake company called Cayman Workforce Group has been advertising job opportunities in the Cayman Islands on social media. Several Jamaicans have reportedly already fallen victim to this scam, with several saved by CMR's recent expose.
The Jamaican-based scammers have several videos inviting people to apply for hundreds of jobs which are in the Cayman Islands with the opportunity to work for three to nine months. It has even placed the WORC logo on its documents to convince people of its legitimacy.
A video posted by this fake company telling people about the opportunities to work in the Cayman Islands has been shared on one platform over 160,000 times, which means a large number of people have been exposed to this scam.
However, the female speaking in the video has since admitted that she was paid to do the video and was not aware of the nature of the business.
Further investigations have revealed that this company is not registered in Jamaica, although it claims to be a registered business, displaying a certificate of registration. Host of the Cold Hard Truth, Sandra Hill, called the Companies Offices of Jamaica to make checks if the company was registered there.
It was revealed that the company was not registered, and the certificate of registration it posted on its social media page is actually an old format that is no longer used by the Companies Office of Jamaica.
According to the certificate, the business would have been registered in 2022; however, an employee at the Companies Office revealed that the format of the certificate had been discontinued for a number of years, long before 2022.
The name of the Registrar who signed the certificate is also not someone with the organization.
Hill also pointed out some discrepancies with the information being circulated in advertisements. One such is that the Cayman Islands Government provides daycare for working parents. She also noted that while this company is asking people to pay for work permits, employers in the Cayman Islands should not charge employees work permit fees. This is a cost they should cover themselves.
The business has two phone numbers listed, one in New York and one in Jamaica; however, they are only communicating via WhatsApp, which Hill pointed out is a huge red flag.
WORC said they are aware of this alleged scam and are currently conducting inquiries and networking with authorities to address and mitigate abuses.