Malta’s largest hospital has issued a warning about a fraudulent scam that’s targeting recently graduated medical students.
“Fraud Alert,” Mater Dei said in a statement. “Earlier today it has been brought to our attention that third parties are being targeted with letters offering them an opportunity at the Malta Foundation School in Mater Dei Hospital.”
“These letters are asking recipients to pay in advance for this training/courses. Mater Dei Hospital and The Malta Foundation School dissociate themselves from the contents of such letters.”
The Malta Foundation School is a two-year training programme for newly-graduated doctors which they must complete before getting their warrant.
They included a copy of a letter that had been sent to people. In the letter, which is riddled with typos and grammatical errors, a spot in an eight-month clinical internship in a nursing foundation course is offered.
Interested parties must pay €1,675 as a tuition fee, then another €1,000 in monthly instalments.
“The matter has been reported to the competent authorities for further investigation and possible criminal action. We urge everyone receiving such letters to verify their authenticity prior to disbursing any funds or incurring ancillary costs to pursue what is maliciously being offered,” Mater Dei said.