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US embassy warns about fake cruise jobs

23 February 2017

A US embassy has added its voice to warnings from the ITF and the shipping industry about false job offers from scam agencies seeking to get seafarers to part with their money.

In a statement headed “Beware of false recruiting agents!”, the US embassy in Mauritius warns against fraudulent job offers and false "cruise agents". It states that ​​"false agents" are asking Mauritian seafarers for large sums, up to MUR45,000 each, for jobs in the USA.

The embassy points out that under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, no recruitment officer should make a charge for an offer of employment, and advises seafarers to check the information about crewing agents on the ITF’s website:

The embassy reiterates advice from the ITF and others to be wary of any unsolicited emails offering jobs from web-based accounts – such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL – and to check for spelling or grammatical errors in the web addresses in any links. It advises that all official websites of the US government end with ".gov"

In other helpful advice, it says legitimate cruise recruitment agencies do not ask job seekers for money, and that if you are approached you should not provide personal information and credit card numbers or send money via Western Union or MoneyGram.

It adds: “Go to the website of a specific cruise line to check out its hiring partners. If the agency is not on the list, it is not an authorized hiring partner for this cruise line. There will never be fees charged by a legitimate organization.”


Please contact us on if you hear of any employment scams! Read the following article for advice on checking out job offers:

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