Cruise Ship Job Scams - Beware
Beware of Cruise Ship Job Scams
While the cruise industry has been booming over the last number of years, so has the evolvement of cruise ship job scams. In short, job seekers become prey to these scam artists that promise a job on a cruise ship after fees are paid. Although most cruise lines rely on cruise recruitment agencies to pre-screen and interview job seekers, how does one differentiate the legit agencies over the scammers?
Tips to Identify a Cruise Ship Job Scam
Although this is a fairly comprehensive list, it's nearly impossible to know about every type of cruise job scam. Unfortunately it's not until a few unknowing job seekers are separated from their money that someone finally reports them and the scammer can be added to the lists provided by the cruise lines. Here are some tips to help you avoid falling victim to a cruise ship job scam.
1. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. How quick you get a cruise job depends on current available positions. So when someone or an agency says that you will get a job as soon as you send them payment, it should be a red flag that this is not right.
2. Legitimate cruise recruitment agencies do not solicit money from applicants. This is one of the biggest rules of thumb to understand if the agency is a scammer or not. Hiring partners and other legit cruise recruitment agencies do not collect fees from applicants in order to be considered for a cruise job. Nor do they collect money in advance for uniforms and medical expenses.
3. Legit cruise recruiters do not send emails offering a job before an application is filled out. In some job scams, an initial email is sent by the fraudster offering a cruise job. Once the prospective crew member responds to this email offer, they are asked to complete a job application. This phony job application seeks private background information about the prospective employee which will be used for criminal purposes.
4. Cruise applicants do not need an immigration lawyer or a Green Card. Scammers may give the applicant a phony “employment contract” or “letter of employment”. Then, in later correspondence, they expect the applicant to submit a copy of their passport plus $$$USD for the services of an immigration lawyer to process a work permit. This is not required or legal. Read Passports and Visas for Cruise Employment for more information on this.
5. Websites of cruise ship job scams are unprofessional. One of the biggest litmus tests is the website itself. Blatant spelling, grammatical errors, poor English and punctuation errors may indicate that the website and agency is not legitimate. Plus, is the website littered with Google ads? Are the photos used on the site grainy and outdated? These are all red flags.
6. Understand which email accounts may be fraudulent. You don't want to send your resume and personal information through an email account used by a scammer. To prevent yourself from making this mistake, beware of email addresses that end in Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL or any other web based, free, email account.
7. Get familiar with the cruise lines' official hiring partners. Many fraudulent cruise job scammers use a name or email address that is similar to the cruise lines. They even use the names of agencies that are similar to the real hiring partners. Pay attention to these details when you receive correspondence. Better yet, stick with the agencies and email addresses that are authorized by the cruise lines so you won't get into trouble.
The bottom line is this. Please use cruise recruitment agencies that are listed as authorized by the cruise lines themselves. Do not accept a job offer from an agency fraudulently representing a cruise line. And, only send your resume and personal information through a secure online application that mails to a legit email address.
If in doubt call us at APAN and we can have a look at the add for you and get verification from our contacts at the Cruise Ship Industry.
Happy Sailing !