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Scam alerts

Scam alerts

Job scams are on the increase. The people behind the scams pose as recruitment agents or HR managers and are using more and more sophisticated ways to make the jobs they advertise look real.  They use email addresses and fake websites that look and feel like the real thing and, increasingly, using direct contact methods like WhatsApp, Viber and Linkedin.

The ITF receives hundreds of reports of scams each year and of seafarers who have fallen victim to a scam.

The Scams Alert page provides a way to check for scams, fake companies and websites

If you identify a scam, a fake email address being used in a scam, a fake website or you simply want our advice please contact us via email at jobscam@itf.org

We will treat all emails with complete confidentiality and will NOT pass on your name or details to anyone

The website at www.exxonmobil-tech.com is extremely believable but it is fake.  The scammers behind the website use the email address of hrm@exxonmobil-tech.com to recruit seafarers and charge a fee of almost 500 euros.

Eleni Nicholas is a name being used when contacting seafarers, but it is also fake.  The number they use is +35796965260

On the genuine Exxon Mobile website they are aware of recruitment scams and provide information here.

An unregistered agent based in India who levies a service charge and makes the seafarer pay for their flights.  The email address being used is jobforship@gmail.com and the number is +91 9460812579

There is no guarantee that any job offer is real

Job offers sent out from Naval Job who are based in Mumbai.

Illegal service charge fee of Rs20000 (approx $300) requested and then on signing the contract another illegal payment of Rs95000 (approx $1,300) is requested

This company is not a registered RPSL agent
 

A manning agent that has been blacklisted by DG Shipping for multiple violations but who are still operating/scamming seafarers. 

The blacklist order can be viewed here

A manning agent that has been blacklisted by DG Shipping for multiple violations but who are still operating/scamming seafarers. 

The blacklist order can be viewed here

Job scam operated by Prateek Sharma using email addresses of careers@vshipsgroup.com and vgrouplimitedcareer@aol.com where interviews are conducted online and payment requested.  If you receive a job offer letter from this person or these email addresses, it will look authentic but it will be fake.

There is NO connection between Prateek Sharma and VShips.  The genuine link for VShips is www.vships.com