A 20-year-old Nigerian lady has found herself in trouble in Sunderland, UK after being deceived and scammed by a travel agent.
The lady who traveled on a student visa reportedly paid a travel agent about GBP 20k, which is approximately N15 million naira to process her visa, but she did not realize she would end up being a victim of fraud.
In a viral video circulating online, a Nigerian immigration lawyer, based in London was called to bail her out after she was detained at the airport in the UK.
The lady who got admission into a UK institution realized after her arrest that she was scammed with a fake student visa and it has left her totally sad and depressed.
One of the mistakes a lot of students make is not using the services of a certified agent and this is just one of many cases we see often. While making plans to study abroad, one of the tasks on your to-do list should be to do proper research on your travel agent.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of fake travel agents. It is not exactly surprising that year in, year out, many fall victim to them.
You can do the following to make sure you do not fall for their schemes:
1. Confirm if they have a physical office
2. Check out their previous referrals to be sure they are legit.
3. Avoid those who encourage shortcuts instead of going through due process
4. Avoid agents who encourage you to forge documents. Genuine agents will NOT ask you to pay for forged documents.
5. Verify that they possess a valid accreditation. Not all travel agencies or agents are certified, but those that are should at the very least be members of a reputable organization, making them verifiable. They ought to be a part of an organization that can hold them responsible.
Avoid falling victim to them and squandering time and money by failing to heed the warning indications. Similarly, you shouldn’t let your concern about becoming a victim keep you from exploring the world.