With the increase in demand Indian students choosing to study overseas for higher education, day by day the number of scams related to it is also coming forward. As the students are not familiar with the complex process of studying overseas, they are easily cheated by the fraud agents. Not only people living in smaller cities but even young people living in metro cities are an equally easy target of these consultant agents. In case you are not familiar with these scamsters, you can read about various fraud instances by study abroad agents. In order to avoid this kind of situation, in this article, we will inform you about how fraud agents and scamsters can cheat you and how you can stay alert and not get trapped in their dishonest schemes.
Common types of fraud include:
1.Agents send students to non-recognized universities. Make sure to check that the university/college you are applying to is a recognized institution by the concerned authority of that country.
2.Many a time the agents submit fake academic or bank documents to embassy/college leading to blacklisting of that candidate later on.
3.Always check the validity or accreditation of the course you are applying to. Check whether you will be getting a valid degree and whether you will be able to get a permanent job after completing your studies or not.
4.Guaranteed Visa: Never fall prey to fraud agents by giving them money in exchange of guaranteed admission or visa. Agents make false claims to students that they can assure visas to them with their links in the embassy. Here, aspirants should know that the Embassy of the concerned country is the only authority which can issue a visa (Student Visa) to students and no agent can do that.
5Always check all necessary details related to fee, accommodation or on-campus work and other facilities on the official website of the college/university and don’t go simply by what the agents are claiming. Agents can misguide students about all these details.
6.Beware of agents who promise guaranteed admission as officially they are not authorised to provide admissions to students. It is always the admissions committee which is selected by the college/university that has the authority to give admission or reject the application. Also, note that universities always inform the students about the status of their application whether accepted or rejected.
Whenever you get a call from a study abroad counselor, ask for the following:
Generally smaller or fake study abroad consultants/agents mislead students claiming to be representative of an established study abroad consultant/agent. Beware of such fraud agents and remember to check their credentials before enrolling for their services.
Before enrolling for the counseling services, check the reviews, testimonies, and ratings of the agency you will be applied through. Many students get stuck after paying an upfront payment to their agents and are not satisfied with their agents’ services. Study abroad counseling and editing services by Imastone are free for all. We never ask for money from students/aspirants at any stage of their application process.
What is the name of their parent corporation? How long have they been in this business? How many successful cases have they dealt with? You can check the comments and ratings of students here who have taken Imastone Counselling Service.
We do not have any walk-in offices anywhere, Imastone counselors communicate with students through their official Email id’s having the email address as ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or registered phone numbers and never use their personal ids (E.g. Gmail or yahoo id’s)
Many a time’s agents offer students to pay their ‘Application Fee’ to the universities on their behalf but they do not deposit that money with the universities. Whereas, Imastone counselors advise the students to deposit the fee themselves and instruct them in the process of making payments directly to the university.
In the above-mentioned case, sometimes the counselors offer to deposit the ‘Application fee’ to universities, however, they deposit the money only in 2 or 3 universities. As students are not aware of the application process, they do not come to know about this and lose their hard earned money.
Generally speaking, paying money to agents for ancillary services is not a good idea e.g. some agents charge students for sending transcripts at a cheaper rate. However, they charge more than their cost and pocket the difference as their profit.
Even if you are not taking Imastone Counselling Services, then also you should also keep in mind the above-mentioned points while taking services from any study abroad consultant/agent. As a genuine study abroad consultant, we Imastone Counsellors want to serve ambitious students who are looking for a better future and better opportunities.
Students always get an acknowledgment whenever they make payment to any university. If in any case, they are not receiving the acknowledgment, then they should be alert about it and raise the alarm.
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