I have been in contact with a guy from Ethiopia for a while. He is desperate to leave the country as soon as possible. Recently he started chatting with some person who claims to represent a recruitment agency and who I believe is a scammer.
I don't know all the details, but I can ask him if something is unclear. The details I know are very alerting for me, but not for him:
- He was contacted via WhatsApp
- He received an "interview form" which I believe is made using Microsoft Paint
- He claims that his "agency" will pay all the expenses including his visa fee and tickets
- He is asked to send $300 to this "agency" as "an indication of seriousness of intent" which will be refunded to him as soon as he arrives to another country
He was sure that he received a totally legit job offer from this person, but I tried to convince him that it is a scam by finding similar scam descriptions on the Internet and forwarding to him. So he became skeptical enough to give me his permission to publish this story.
How can I convince him completely that this is a scam? So far I suggested getting the IP address of this person to prove that location claims are false. Is there a possibility that this is a legit offer and a real opportunity for my friend to get a job abroad? May I be wrong calling this person a scammer?