May 26, 2022

The story of how over 50 employees were tricked into working for a fake design agency during the pandemic has been told in a jaw-dropping new documentary. 

BBC Three’s Jobfished, which airs tonight at 9pm, sees journalist Catrin Nye investigate how dozens were hired by MadBird, a made-up company fronted by self-proclaimed ‘influencer’ Ali Ayad. 

Despite claiming to have high-profile clients including Facebook and Samsung, the agency never existed – using fake employee profiles and stolen examples of work to appear legit. 

The pretend company would hire employees on an unpaid probation period, where they would only receive commissions on sales before receiving a fixed salary after six months. 

But before anyone could be paid, the company was exposed after all employees received a mysterious email from ‘Jane Smith’, claiming they had all victims of a massive scam. 

In the documentary, graphic designer Chris Doocey, 27, from Cornwall, claimed he wracked up £10,000 of debt after working for the company for months for free. 

BBC Three’s Jobfished, which airs tonight at 9pm, sees journalist Catrin Nye investigate how dozens were hired by MadBird, a made-up company fronted by self-proclaimed ‘influencer’ Ali Ayad (pictured) 

It revealed that one of the company founders, Dave Stanfield, had been fabricated using a stolen image and that the content on their website was stolen from other companies.  

Catrin later discovered that other high-ranking members of the…

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