Alert : Fake employment emails Vroon

May 2017 Update: They are also now sending using the email address vroon.nl@gmail.com or uk.vrooncrews@comcast.net

Alert notice: Fake employment offers via email purporting to be from Vroon

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 Vroon. At some point during the process they will be asked for payment for "documents" Visa/NI or recruitment fees.

Example

From: sean martin <marsean1980@gmail.com
Subject: SEND ALL SEAMAN DOCUMENTS/CERTIFICATES
To: XXX@xxx.com
Date: Friday, July 22, 2016, 6:10 PM

Vroon Shipping
Company4th Floor Regent Centre
Regent
RoadAberdeen AB115NS

United Kingdom

Tel : +442032906048

Attention:
We are indeed grateful  that you have accepted to join us in building the company
more to compete with other shipping company in the world,the Application form filled by you has been filed out for  immediate processing.
Please note that we  need to take thing step by step because we have other people
applying for the same post and we need to check out all  documents very well so please i kindly ask you to provide me with all your seaman Documents/certificate so we can evaluate and have them filed out too for processing of  your application,after this step then your contract letter will follow,so we hope that you will be the one to join us but first send me all the documents if you have for security
reason i will advise that you resend again.
Please do send a copy to my official email
for further correspondence : info@uk-vroonoffshores.com
Thank you for your
time and on behalf of me and my team we say Congratulation in advance .
Regards
Mr. Sean Martins

Human Resources Department

Tel: + 442032906048

In the above example notice the fake domain name uk-vroonoffshores.com vs the real uk-vroonoffshore.com 

 

 

Icon Cybersail Assessment - Medium risk

Similar mass mails and offers of fake employment purporting to be from K-line, these use the well known Vroon name.

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.

General advice

  • 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 Vroon and there is no indication that Vroon systems were compromised in anyway.

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