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Star Cruises” fake jobs warning

1 August 2017

Seafarers are reminded to be very wary of offers of cruise ship jobs paying fabulous salaries following the latest cruise ship recruitment scam doing the rounds.

A young woman in Norway was offered a post as a receptionist on board a cruise liner in a letter purporting to come from “Star Cruises” – the Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific cruise ship company. 

Although the job offer contained an apparently sophisticated and detailed contract of employment, she was offered an eye-watering USD6,590 a month as a starting salary for the receptionist post, far above the standard rates to be expected for such a job. Significantly, the letter of appointment came from an address in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, outside the Asia Pacific region – which a Google map search revealed to be a corner shop in a run-down parade of scruffy buildings and graffiti-covered garages, hardly the site of one of the world’s major cruise ship companies.

The genuine Star Cruises issues the following warning on its official website: 

“We urge our customers and the general public to be vigilant about websites that are using the name of Star Cruises to conduct illegal and fraudulent activity.”

Please ignore unsolicited emails or letters offering cruise ship jobs, and do not respond to emails coming from web-based platforms such as Gmail or Hotmail, or with “su” or “ru” suffixes. If you wish to work on board cruise ships, the safest approach is to go to the official website of the company that you are interested in and look at the bottom of the home page for a link to “careers” or similar term. In the case of Star Cruises, genuine recruitment details can be found at:

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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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