Updated August 31, 2021.
Bogus job offers for Mexicans by alleged Polish companies are spiraling out of control. Month after month, more Mexican or Latino people are being scammed by pseudo-companies that describe wonderful job offers in Poland … but the reality is different.
According to the testimony of several Mexicans and Latinos who have been scammed, as well as news in the Mexican press, the modus-operandi of these companies is as follows:
- Job offer advertised in newspapers, Facebook, WhatsApp or other social network
- Job offer with good salary (PLN 50 per hour)
- Physical labor, no experience required (working on farms, agriculture, etc.)
- An advance payment must be made to cover flight ticket and visa procedures
- Guaranteed accommodation
These offers usually sound too good to be true, but the reality is totally different.
A few hours ago, a piece of news came out of the newspaper Sin Embargo in Mexico that tells how some Mexicans were scammed, and practically entered a labor trafficking network:
- Underpaid (salary less than the minimum salary by law in Poland)
- Working hours of more than 12 hours
- Working outdoors with temperatures below zero degrees
And the Embassy of Mexico in Poland?
Update to August 31, 2021: finally the Mexican Embassy in Poland has published a warning on its website (you can read it here). In general, the statement is a list of steps and actions that you have to take before accepting any job offer in Poland.
However, the embassy has not published the name of these companies, despite the fact that several people have requested this, to avoid that more Mexicans are scammed.
The Polish Embassy in Mexico has published as well a warning about these job offers, you can read it here.
The Embassy of Mexico in Poland is aware of these situations, but so far the last public announcement they have made regarding this was on August 10, 2020 on their Facebook page, where they alerted the population about these false job offers, but the embassy never published the name of these companies, despite the fact that several people requested this in the comments of their publication.
In 2020, there were only 423 Mexicans living in Poland , so one could assume that the Mexican Embassy is not overloaded with work not to pay attention to such sensitive and important issues, such as violation of the human rights of Mexican migrants.
Honestly, I cannot understand why the Mexican authorities in both Mexico and Poland have done absolutely nothing to stop these people, who put the lives of fellow Mexicans at risk.
How to know if the company or job offer is real?
There is no list that describes 100% all job offers in Poland, but there are some things that we recommend you check if you have received a job offer in this country.
- Use common sense: remember this “if it sounds too good to be true, it is probably false”
- If a company wants to hire you, it will not ask you for money in advance to cover flight or visa expenses. The company can help you find deals, but in the end you have to find your flight or they buy one for you and cover its cost.
- In Poland, there is practically no informal or illegal job market if you don’t speak Polish, so before traveling to Poland to work you need to have obtained your work visa at the Polish Embassy in Mexico. Or already being in Poland, apply for a work and residence permit (Karta Pobytu). In both situations, the employer has to provide you with some documents (employment contract, etc.), but the visa or Karta Pobytu process has to be done by you.
- You need an employment contract in Polish and English, Spanish or some other language version that you understand with all of the following:
- The number of hours to work
- Your personal information
- Company data
- Position and responsibilities
- Type of contract (The 2 main types of contracts that exist in Poland are: Umowa or Pracę and Umowa Zlecenia)
- Contract duration
- Place of work
- Day to start work
- Monthly or hourly salary.
- You can ask your future employer for their NIP (Tax Identification Number) number and verify it on this page: https://prod.ceidg.gov.pl/CEIDG/CEIDG.Public.UI/Search.aspx
- Ask the Polish Embassy in Mexico (Calle Cracovia 40, Colonia San Ángel, 01000 Mexico City. Telephone: +52 55 5481 2050).
Moving to the other side of the world is not an easy decision, so we recommend that you take your time, do a lot of research before making such an important decision. You can always send us a message to email@example.com with all your questions and we will try to help you as best we can.
List of Profiles Offering Possibly Fake Job Offers
According to reports from some Mexicans, and from personal experiences, the following Facebook profiles are false and have scammed several Mexicans and Latinos. Most of the time they claim to belong to the company: “Euro México Job”, “Easttress”, “JK GLobal Work“.
You can read opinions of these companies on Google by people who have suffered from these abuses: lower payments than agreed, payments not made, late payments, photos of accommodation places: read on this link.
Caution! Do not share any personal information with them! Don’t make any advance payment!
List of potential scammers:
- Raymundo Vazquez (use identity of another person) – https://www.facebook.com/raymundo.vazquez.16100921
- Facebook Page (Euro Mexico Job) – https://www.facebook.com/euromexicojob
- Facebook Page (Euro Mexico Job) – https://www.facebook.com/Euro-Mexico-Job-106743564136389/
- Facebook Page (Euromexicojob) – https://www.facebook.com/Euromexicojob1/
- Facebook Group (Euro México Job – Grupo Informativo): https://www.facebook.com/groups/214522093446882
- Facebook Group (Experiencias sobre Euro-Mexico Job): https://www.facebook.com/groups/459816311894196
- Fito Resendiz (Admin of Facebook Group – Euro México Job – Grupo Informativo): https://www.facebook.com/justfito
- Scam Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scam email – email@example.com
- Katarzyna Alicja Horzowski or Katarzyna Sobczak (LinkedIn Profile) – https://www.linkedin.com/in/katarzyna-alicja-horzowski-606a4a210/
- Phone number: +52 (221)268-9704
- Phone number: +52(221)411-7472
- Facebook Page (AMBAR Agencia de Colocación) – agency without registration, they ask for 10,000 Mexican pesos to “start” procedures –https://www.facebook.com/AMBAR-Agencia-de-Colocaci%C3%B3n-105477991777040/
- Phone number (Carolina Moreno answers this phone): +52 22-28-23-31-16
- Phone number: +52 22-24-15-65-04
- Phone number: +52 22-25-58-04-73
- Phone number: +52 22-25-58-00-49
- Phone number: +52 22-28-56-72-44
- Website: https://ambaragencia.wixsite.com/ambaragencia
- Website: http://jkglobalwork.com/
In case you have been contacted by any of these companies or people, we recommend that you do not give any personal information or money, since it is almost 100% likely that you will be scammed or deceived.
In case you know of any other profile on Facebook, WhatsApp number, and another profile that scams people with supposed job offers in Poland, please send us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to be able to add them to the list of scammers and so to be able to help more Mexicans.
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My name is Ronnie Kyeyune a Ugandan. Thankyou the post about fraudulent labor companies in Poland that has been helpful. I am doing research about a labor recruitment company called Altena Group So. z.o.o Mickiewicza to find out whether it’s legitimate. It has offered me a job but is asking for advance payment to process work permit
One more story about immigration and work SCAM in Poland I read at the website of renowned warsaw law firm “Legal Immigration Poland”. Driving school in Warsaw invited the guy to start work for them as a driver and offered him to help with obtaining TRC in Poland. Then the employer gave him fake TRC and the guy was arrested in Dubai!
Luckily, his friends contacted this law firm and their lawyer acquitted him of his innocence.
Is EASTTRESS legit?
I AM CURRENTLY TALKING TO SOMEONE WHO’S CONNECTED IN EASTTRESS. SHE SAID I WILL BE THE ONE TO PROCESS EVERYTHING AND PAY FOR THE EXPENSES.
Hello, we haven’t received any information about this company. However, You can ask your future employer for their NIP (Tax Identification Number) number and verify it on this page: https://prod.ceidg.gov.pl/CEIDG/CEIDG.Public.UI/Search.aspx. Company details should appear there. We suggest you contact Polish Embassy in your country to check if they can verify this company.
Is it possible to obtain Temporary Residence Card or Permit for someone not living in Poland. Are polish immigration officials so corrupt as to receive bribe or money to provide authentic Temporary Residence Card (TRC)..? Are these things possible ..?