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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

Scam whereby seafarers are cold called and offered a job.  The name and number used is Boris Elland +44 7418 601443 and if you accept the positions they will then email you using the address recruitment@caribshippingcareer.co.uk and ask for personal documents and money.

This scam is NOT connected to the real Carib Shipping at www.caribshipping.co.uk who are a freight forwarders and not a ship owner

Fake website at www.transoceanships.com offering jobs to seafarers.  Email addresses used are:

info@transoceanships.com
logistic@transoceanships.com
crew@transoceanships.com

 

Scam email address of info@sagacruisescareer.com being used to offer fake jobs with Saga Cruises.  The website of www.sagacruisescareer.com does not exist

The genuine website link for Saga is www.saga.co.uk/careers 

Scam using cold calling emails sent by smrecruitmentoilandgas@gmail.com and careers.submarineoila@gmail.com announcing that they found your CV/resume online, offering an interview and then asking what job you would like!

Fake website at www.visaembassyltduk.com and a fake email address of info@visaembassyltduk.com being used to scam seafarers for non-existent jobs and charging £400 for fake visas.

Search for Global Shipping Master on the Scam Alerts page for further information

A fake website of www.emiratesworkpermit.com and fake email addresses of info@uawkpermit.com and info@uawkpermit.com are being used to scam seafarers on visa fees.  The scan is usually part of a job offer from a company.

Search for Gulf Capital Marine Oil & Gas on the Scam Alerts page for an example