Beware of this appalling activity.
It is great to see that BBC One Panorama will broadcast this for the benefit of others who will become the future victim of the same agency or similar agency who are trying to dupe candidates with a fast buck. When you view the other angle of perspectives of those candidates for a visa, were they notified? or were not notified of the actual events that will take place when taking the test? It is indeed a fraudulent activity by those involved.
Will be looking forward to view the BBC’s program and see how this is presented to the viewers. It will be very interesting to watch.
The BBC One Panorama website says; “Reporter Richard Watson unmasks the criminal immigration agents who – in return for cash – secure places at private colleges by arranging forged and fraudulent documents, including bank statements that are good enough to fool immigration officers.”
According to the Mirror News; UK Home Secretary Theresa May MP described the footages as “incredible”, “very shocking” and a matter of “grave concern”. “I know there’s abuse in the system but I mean well done for actually uncovering the further abuse that is taking place. I mean, what you’ve shown here is people being able to effectively go into a situation where that is being faked for them and that’s a matter of grave concern.” she said.
It is a shame to see any new regulation that will be passed as an effect of this fraud. As always, government is reactive based on events that took place and not strategic to protect the country’s program. And those great and honest organizations that provide similar services to those who like to learn effective English competency will experience scrutiny as a consequence of one bad organization.
Out of curiosity, we checked whether this organization offers students to study in the United States. There exist that the organization based in UK has a webpage about USA. It would be interesting to hear how the experience of others.
The BBC sent an undercover writer to take the TOEIC test at a college in the UK, and saw that native English speakers replaced all of the test-takers to do the actual test on the computer. A few days later, for the multiple-test part of the test, someone read out all of the correct answers to the test-takers, and they finished the 2-hour test in 7 minutes. All of the test-takers had their photos taken, to “prove” that they took the test.