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Brazilian Woman Sold Fake Irish Job Certs in Employment Scam

A Brazilian national is being investigated by Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority after it was revealed that counterfeit job certs were being sold online. 

The Mail on Sunday, who broke the story, say they passed on details of the alleged illegal activities, including the identity of the woman involved, to relevant authorities and that an investigation is underway.

The woman at the head of the scheme, who is from Sao Paulo,  allegedly provided fake manual handling certificates for a fee of €40: not dissimilar to the regular fee which is somewhere in the region of €30 to €50 euro.

The Mail on Sunday also claims that the fraud is similar to  previous incidents relating to the construction industry’s ‘Safe Pass’ scheme, and that it “is being widely advertised on WhatsApp groups in the Brazilian community in Ireland.”

It is believed that certs were used to allow people who do not speak English to bypass Irish health and safety regulations and obtain employment illegally.

The scam was uncovered after an actual manual handling instructor posed as someone wishing to obtain €960 worth of fake certificates.

Sample documents were received featuring the logo and forged signatures of a legitimate Irish firm.

However The Mail on Sunday says that Gardaí were unable to act on that specific instance because monies had not been exchanged, saying they could only act on receiving a complaint from the company in question.

Foreign nationals who purchased the fake documents are thought to be working in the cleaning, security, and construction industries.

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