I was a victim of such a scam in 2012. A person named XXXX contacted me on LinkedIn.
In this email they offered me a job in one of the most prestigious cruise lines in the world. Apparently, he worked for such company, but unfortunately I could not verify that information.
I was 27 years old, I was working in a hotel, I wasn’t earning enough and I didn’t mind working abroad again.
The offer was not very good, but this was an experience that I wanted to have, that I was cutious about. It did not seem professional that he wrote to me from a Gmail account, which should have given me pause, perhaps I should have stopped communication with that person from the first moment, hindsight is 20/20!
You can find the email I received here:
After a few email conversations, they asked me to pay 400 pounds as a deposit, for immigration expenses and required documents, without having had an interview. The alarms immediately went off, but, who could I ask for advice?
In the Canary Islands, where I lived, there was no reference person that I could contact, so I had to do some internet digging. I finally found that this was probably a scam. An English friend called the phone number they gave me on my behalf and confirmed it.
After that call, I didn’t hear from that person again. I was lucky, I did not make it to the UK, but I know that many people fell into this trap.
This is why I wrote on the cruise line’s facebook page, to warn other people about this scam, to be aware of any email from XXXX.
To my surprise, several people answered me thanked me for this gesture, they had also received an email from this scammer. Scammers know very well that an unemployed person can be very anxious and that’s why they take advantage of that moment of weakness. To avoid problems, it is better to apply for a job at the cruise line’s page or through recognized recruitment companies, to avoid these types of scams.
In both cases, if they ask you for any type of payment, don’t do it, it is a scam.
Most of the major cruise lines recruit their crew through a network of approved employment agencies, also known as recruitment partners. These partners select and interview potential candidates to be able to present a bunch of candidates to the cruise lines and those companies are the ones who have the final decision.
If the candidate passes both interviews, the cruise line will pay the agency a previously agreed fee for its services and will never require the candidates to pay any money.
TIPS TO AVOID CRUISE JOB SCAMS
- Don’t send money to a recruiting agency
- Don´t call a Hotline to get a job
- Avoid agencies that promise you a job
- Be suspicious if you are offered a job without an interview
- Be suspicious of job postings that have spelling and grammatical errors
- A very professional website does not mean that the company is serious
- Be suspicious of people’s email addresses that do not include a company name (i.e. @yahoo or @gmail) or do not provide a physical address
You can find a list of cruise companies and agencies where you can sign up for job offers here: allcruisejobs.com