In the resent time, millions of Seafarers are unemployed. About 65% of these seamen are freshers looking for ship crew job on ranks like; cadets, OS, AB, Oiler, 4th engineers, 3rd officers, etc. Some scammers have as well took that as an advantage to scam these fellows the little money they have at hand.
Now, Do you want to know more about how to unveil the ship recruitment scam? in this article, we are going to discuss more steps to let you understand if a job offered to you is a scam job or a real job.
I’m writing this article, to advice all Seafarers, ship port personnel, ship security personnel, etc to be careful about whom you are submitting your resume. Sometimes they make it so real that you can notice any errors.
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Furthermore, we have explained more about social media job posts in our earlier discussions. However, I would like us to discuss 4 more important ways to unveil crew recruiter who might be a scammer.
How to understand scam Jobs
The scammers are very wise and always make research more than you do. They can spend money to meet their target. As a writer of this article, I was once scammed, but unfortunately, I lose only my time and emotion but they failed to get the cash they were looking for. Methods they use are:
1. Unknown company address: when you search their address on Google maps, you will never find them. One thing will be missing from the address.
2. Temporal office: They may give you real address as one of our team members unveiled a scammer in Mumbai, India. He rented an office, send thousands of fake job posts via Facebook and email. Immediately he got what he wants, the next day office close. Seafarers, please ask about the office from the neighborhood, to understand how long the office has been there.
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3. Location mixes up: When a recruiter address is in Benin Republic, but head office in another country, be careful. Eg. A fake crewing agent posted, ” looking for fresher, AB, Oiler, Cook, Cadet, etc. Job in the UK. with WhatsApp number +234…..(Nigeria)”
4. Visa-free, ticket free, but need to pay agent fee before contract; These are methods a real Crewing agency may as well use. Same the fake once copied. The scope for the fake guys is to buy tickets and apply for a visa with your money for you.
Once you get to the airport, that ticket might not be valid anymore. Verify carefully, otherwise, let someone stand for you. Sign a deal once you get onboard and all ok, the person can clear the agency fee on your behalf.
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