Job scam quick guide: it's a scam if...

  • they want you to collect and forward money in any way (a "money mule" job). You'll wind up engaged in money laundering, personally defrauded via expertly forged cheques, money orders, etc, or defrauding someone else who pays for goods that never arrive.
  • they want you to receive packages and reship them somewhere else. The goods will have been obtained fraudulently, and they're just using you to make the shipping address appear local. You will be aiding fraud.
  • they want up-front payment (either to them or someone else) of any sort for anything before you can get the job. This is advance fee fraud: there is no job -- it's just a big con to extract money from you.
  • they want you to buy any kind of "membership" or "kit" in order to start. Forget it -- it's not a real job at all: they're trying to sell you something, and they're probably making a bunch of other false claims about it if they're pitching it as a "job".
  • it's a job offer, and it's spam. There are LOTS of these scams about, as you can see.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Eurpoe Oil and Gas Limited

Not the first time I've seen a scammer use an oil company as his fake corporate identity.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: 04-Jan-2007 18:37

12 Nicolas Bill Street
SW1W 0NR, London
Tel: +44 702 402 2784, +44 702 402 2858
Fax: +44 (0) 707 231 9987
Re: Europe Oil and Gas Limited Vacancies
To Whom It May Concern
Job Offer
- We are a reputable Oil and Gas firm in United Kingdom with different offices around Europe. As a result of growth and expansion, we require the services of intelligent honest, resourceful and self driven individuals to fill vacant positions in our newly instigated office in London.
Job Location
- London
Job Offer Type
- Permanent Jobs Only
Possible Date of Resumption
- Interested Applicants must be willing to relocate to United Kingdom latest February 2007.
Number of vacant Positions
- 126
Method of Application
- Interested Applicants that are interested to work with this company in London are advised to send a copy of their resume (CV) to our recruitment section via email to:
Enquiries: +44 702 402 2784, +44 702 402 2858
Only qualified candidates will be contacted (via email only) with current job placements that match their requirements as provided on their resume (CV).
Mr. Harry Volder.
Human Resource Manager

Prueba el Nuevo Correo Terra; Seguro, rĂ¡pido, fiable.


Willson said...

Do you know something more about this? Because I received this letter and I answered. Than I received interview questions and after all they told me I am approved. Now they sent me a contract and a visa formulare...The question is what should I do now?

Spotter said...

Stop communicating with them, or at least be sure not to send them any true personal information or money. There are two major risks here: identity theft and advance fee fraud. The first happens when you send a copy of a passport or driver's license, or even a CV with a lot of personal information. The latter happens when they say "in order to take this process further, you will need to pay fees for X, Y, and Z."

mistletoe said...

I work for oil company. I found offer letter in internet on one of the HR companies web side in Poland. After was an interview and I got that job as an engineer.
If You want work in oil bussines the best solution is to send your CV and cover letter directly to oil company, e.g. Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker or Weatherford.
And last thing: I have never heard about any companies with base in London - most of them are in Aberdeen in Scotland.

Anonymous said...

Really surprising. This mail has been floating in from quite some time. And people are responding to this. I also did. And am now waiting to see what happens next. Things are lucrative, so lets wait n watch.

Anyone else got this offer and accepted...?

Anonymous said...

When things are too good to be true they usually are. The Address is incorrect with the postal code matching. Also a professional establishment using yahoo and excite email addresses ... No, No. The Website is some where in Amsterdam with no links to london. The names are apparently from Harry Potter books.

Spotter said...

Received another copy of this exact same scam today. The only change is the contact email address (now, and the fact that interested Applicants must be willing to relocate to United Kingdom latest May 2007. No other details seem to have changed: there are still 126 vacancies, even.

anjana said...

Dear Sir,

I have received offer letter from Cheetah oil and Liquid gas Uk stating u have to join our services before 8 June. All immigration and visa procedures we have to do and after joining their company within a weeks time Cheetah Oil company will reimburse all expenses. i want to know about this company, is it real or fake. what should i do pl advise

Spotter said...

Any job offered over the Internet which involves up-front fees should be treated as a scam. Advance Fee Fraud of this kind is extremely common: the job is a lie, and so is the promise that fees will be reimbursed. You are dealing with a scammer who is pretending to be a company, and who is trying to trick you into sending him money.