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Cruise Ship Scams - Be Aware!

NWI warns applicants to lookout for Cruise-ship employment scams
Cruise-ship employment scams seem to be very popular these days. Not a week goes by without New World Immigration receiving a call regarding this.


These scamsters unfortunately use the names of legitimate cruise-liners and companies, to lure unsuspecting applicants into parting with their hard earned money and in some cases applicants have even taken bank loans to subsidise their plans.
Legitimate cruise-line companies even issue their own warnings on their websites about these scamsters.

I would always be very suspicious if I was offered a job that I did not apply for, eg, a random email from a company wishing to offer you employment. Professional companies of this large scale would have an actual recruitment department  who would act on their behalf, with a proper recruitment budget in place. Think about it, if you were a guest on an international cruise liner, would you want your luggage handled by someone that the company has never met in person. This person could be a house burglar or your chef a murderer? Of course not! Would an international company with a huge reputation, worth billions of rands take such risks when employing staff, once again, of course not?

I have spoken to several people currently in the industry and people who have legitimately worked for many years on cruise-liners. Their responses are practically all the same. Applicants would contact cruise-line companies directly or get in touch with them through legitimate recruitment companies. These cruise-liners would then for example hold an open day, usually in Hotel or Conference Centre where applicants would be introduced to a lecture and usually a video introduction to life on a ship or cruise-liner. Applicants would then be interviewed for various positions, by qualified recruitment staff. Remember that you will be living on a ship, in very close proximity to other staff and guests and be at sea for months on end, with occasion shore breaks in between. They would need to make sure that physiologically, you are mentally prepared for such a voyage, are not prone to sea sickness, medical conditions, criminal convictions etc. Lastly you would need to be qualified for the more specific positions. You may even need to take a safety course before hand or once you are in Australia.
Applicants would usually pass a first round interviews and then preferred applicants would be put on a short list and then called back for a second and sometimes third interview for the position.


Think about this for a minute, if you have your own company, are you just going to hire someone that you or your current staff has not met or done a background check on, especially if you are going to be away at sea with your guests? I think not.
Some companies may advise you on the visa process, however most applicants would need to apply for this on their own. This is usually done online. In most cases there is not a visa fee for this. PLEASE NOTE that visas for ships crew are only for ship travel and do not allow you to fly into Australia. Depending on the country that you are from, you would still need to arrange a visa for air travel which you may need to pay for. Please do not pay anyone, especially in US Dollars, which we see scamsters asking for (Why would you pay Australia in US Dollars?) Scamsters would usually ask victims to also pay US Dollars via a Money Gram to Guinea. (Why would you be paying someone in West Africa, US Dollars via Cable Gram? Please don’t also fall for the popular line, “Oh our representative for the African continent is based there”).


Apart from taking your money, what is more disturbing is that we have heard of cases of identity fraud. The scamsters make a fake certificate or letter of invitation, that is so badly photo shopped, it’s pathetic. Application forms that they send you would usually be for the incorrect subclass (As I mentioned before, you could do this online on the Departments website) and once again, so badly doctored, that different fonts are used, so letters are higher than the other, blocks requesting answers don’t match up, the list goes on and on. I have tried not to give out to much information as there will no doubt be scamsters also reading this. I recommend replying to us and we will advise you on a case by case basis.


Please also note that Government Offices and Departments do NOT use gmail accounts or globomail accounts.  Please share this article with as many people as you can in hopes of reducing this scam.

By Jonathan Pretorius
Immigration Consultant - New World Immigration
(021) 555 0951

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By Jonathan Pretorius
Immigration Consultant - New World Immigration
(021) 555 0951

 

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