Alert notice: Fake employment offers via email purporting to be from Carisbrooke Shipping
There has been an increase in phishing emails aimed at seafarers. The purpose of these emails to is both gain information & the trust of the seafarer and scam them into thinking they have been offered a lucrative position with Carisbrooke Shipping. At some point during the process they will be asked for payment for "documents" Visa/NI or recruitment fees of around 740gbp payable via Moneygram.
Sent: Friday, 4 November 2016, 8:49
Subject: Follow Instructions
Kindly be informed that We are ready to welcome you to our organization. Please note that a medical fitness test will be carried out upon your arrival to the UNITED KINGDOM. Be advised that you are required to contact the Immigration Department ASAP with the email contact below informing them that I (Ms Lisa Straughton) referred you to them for the processing of your Insurance Document and Visa/Work Permit.
Contact Person:Mclawson Williams
Kindly contact the above office via email and let them know that you've been offered a job from Ms Lisa Straughton(Carisbrooke Shipping Limited )Inform them to render assistance in processing your National Insurance,
Visa/Work Permit Documents and get back to you with the required information you should provide to them and the Official fees too be paid.
Congratulations on your success
Since they are contacting seafarers on personal emails, it means that many of these mails will reach the intended recipient due to lack of corporate style security checks.
Note however the formatting of the email is not great, and that genuine shipping companies would not ask fees for recruitment services/visas/national insurance.
- If you are unsure contact directly the shipping company offering the position using the publicly available contact details (Do not use the details on the mail/documents they are to the scammer!)
- The quality of documents and emails will be low resolution graphics
- Genuine shipping companies do not ask for fees/payment
- Check for correct corporate email addresses vs outlook.com/gmail.com/yahoo.com addresses
We have a full article here on how the scam works
Note these emails do not come from Carisbrooke Shipping and there is no indication that Carisbrooke Shipping systems were compromised in anyway.