Beware of Fraud Study Abroad Counselling Agents

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Mar 5, 2020 12:09 IST

With more and more Indian students opting to study abroad for higher education, every day the number of scams related to it are also coming forward. As the students are not aware of the complex process of studying abroad, they are easily targeted by the fraud agents. Not only people living in smaller towns but even young people living in metro cities are a vulnerable target of these agents. In case you are not aware of 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:

  • 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.
  • Many a times the agents submit fake academic or bank documents to embassy/college leading to blacklisting of that candidate later on.
  • 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.
  • Guaranteed Visa: Never fall prey to fraud agents by giving them money in exchange for 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 that can issue a visa (Student Visa) to students and no agent can do that.
  • Always 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.
  • Beware of agents who promise guaranteed admission as officially they are not authorised to provide admissions to students. It is always the admissions committee that 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 receive a call from a study abroad counsellor, ask for the following:

  • Generally smaller or fake study abroad consultants/agents mislead students claiming to be a 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 counselling services, check the reviews, testimonials, and ratings of the agency you will be applying through. Many students feel stuck after paying upfront money to their agents and are not satisfied with their agents’ services. Study abroad counselling and editing services by Shiksha 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 company? How long have they been in this business? How many successful cases have they processed? You can check the reviews and ratings of students here who have taken the Shiksha Counselling Service.
  • We do not have any walk-in offices anywhere, Shiksha counsellors communicate with students through their official Email ids having the email address as ‘xyz@shiksha.com’ or registered phone numbers and never use their personal ids (E.g. Gmail or yahoo ids)
  • Shiksha counsellors always advise students to deposit the ‘Application Fee’ themselves and guide them in the process of making payments directly to the university.

  • In the above-mentioned case, sometimes the counsellors offer to deposit the ‘Application fee’ to 5 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.
    • Shiksha counsellors never ask you to pay money to them ever for any service.

Difference between Shiksha consultants and other study abroad agents

 

Shiksha Study Abroad Counsellors

Other Study Abroad Agents

Transparency throughout the application process

Yes

No

Data security and confidentiality (student documents)

Yes

No

Open to feedback

Yes

No

Exam preparation

No

Yes

Accessibility to senior management

Yes

No

Catering students across India

Yes

No

Delivering before deadlines (shortlist/editing documents)

Yes

No

Expert visa guidance

Yes

No

User satisfaction is primary

Yes

No

Fake guarantee for a job, scholarship, and admission

No

Yes

Education loan assistance

Yes

No

Courier assistance

Yes

No

Even if you are not taking Shiksha Counselling Services, then also you should keep in mind the above-mentioned points while taking services from any study abroad consultant/agent. As a genuine study abroad consultant, we Shiksha Counsellors want to serve ambitious students who are looking for a better future and better opportunities.

Students always get an acknowledgment whenever they make payments to any university. If in any case, they are not receiving the acknowledgment, then they should be alert about it and raise the alarm.

A special note from Shiksha

We are flattered that there are many agents and organisations that want to be like us, or better still, be us. We also noticed that such agents and organisations have probably become rather efficient at telling their customers that they are not “very different” since the range of services they offer might also be similar to ours.

How do we know this? Of late, we have received complaints from students that they are not getting any calls from our counsellors. On deep diving, we found out that these students were not even registered with us. Some agents were misusing our brand name and advertising on Twitter and other mediums and getting students to enroll with them thinking that they were doing so with Shiksha.

The truth is, while we do not let all these copycat services in the market perturb us, what does perturb us is something else. It is the fact that there are some genuine students and customers who are misled into believing that they are dealing with Shiksha, whereas, actually they are not.

So we thought it our duty to reach out to such people, to let them know, that they should look out for the official branding before they actually believe it to be Shiksha which includes both sender email ids as well as our logos.

Shiksha.com is the education vertical of Info Edge (India) Limited which is a public limited company listed on the National Stock Exchange. Naukri.com, 99acres.com, Jeevansathi.com, Zomato, and Policy Bazaar are some of its leading brands. Our official company website is http://www.infoedge.in.

Shiksha’s domestic services operate under the brandname, shiksha.com and its study abroad services are exclusively offered under the brandname: studyabroad.shiksha.com.

Watch out for the following logos in any and every communication that you receive from us:

If you have been approached by anyone masquerading as Shiksha or by anyone who you feel might not be the real Shiksha, do us a favour and drop us a line at feedback@shiksha.com.

We always communicate with all our stakeholders using our official Shiksha email id:

@shiksha.com

feedback@shiksha.com

….shiksha.infoedge.com

You can connect with us through our official Facebook page here

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert

With a plethora of knowledge of the education domain, Piyush Kohli has been involved with study abroad for over 5 years and counting. He comes with prior experience on the complexities of the study abroad applicatio... Read Full Bio

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My shiksha counselor forced me to apply for only Shiksha partnered universities. Refused to me with the application and admission process of other universities. Highly disappointed with the services offered by Shiksha would not recommend to anyone.

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Simran Singh

a year ago

Dear Krishna, I have shared your details with team manager of your counselor. They will call you and investigate the manner. You can communicate with us on counseling-feedback@shiksha.com.
Wishing you good luck for your abroad studies.

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manjit kaur

2 years ago

can i apply for uk without ielts on basis of diploma only instead of +2?
10th 74%
diploma 69%
and b.tech 74%

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