A non-existent hospital, supposedly in the Wellington suburb of Karori, has been used in a scam targeting overseas doctors wanting to work in New Zealand.

The Medical Council said it learned of the scam on Thursday after receiving several inquiries about registration for medical jobs at “St Vincent Ranui Hospital” in Karori.

Doctors from countries including Egypt, India and Tunisia were lured into paying $3000 for a “registration service” with a promise of salaries far above what Kiwi doctors are typically paid.

Immigration New Zealand has become aware of an internet scam inviting doctors to apply under the Skilled Migrant category for roles at a hospital which does not exist.

The recruitment drive for the hospital uses fraudulent documents in the name of Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive, and Immigration New Zealand approval letters supposedly signed by the Minister of Immigration, inform INZ.

Additionally a New Zealand lawyer’s identity is being used by the scammers in an attempt to legitimise the fraudulent activity and encourage them to hand over fees. The lawyer in question has no knowledge of or involvement in this scheme at all. “Any person receives documentation from St Vincent Ranui Hospital, Wellington, or the lawyer regarding the hospital, should be aware that this is a scam and should not pay any fees or costs,” INZ notify