Recruitment Fraud: Fictitious job offers
It has come to our attention that certain individuals and organisations are contacting people offering false employment opportunities within the Lundin Petroleum group of companies. We take these matters very seriously and when we are advised of these scams, we take efforts to terminate the fraudulent schemes. However, the nature of these schemes and the perpetrators is such that we are not able to intervene to stop each and every instance of these frauds. By making the public aware of this, we hope to avoid and ultimately stop victims being caught in these scams.
What is fraud?
Recruitment fraud involves persons misrepresenting themselves as acting on behalf of Lundin Petroleum to offer fictitious job opportunities. This type of fraud is very common in the oil and gas industry. The fraud is generally conducted through the internet, such as through false and illegal ”copy-cat” websites or through unsolicited emails claiming to be from Lundin Petroleum.
How to identify fraudulent and fictitious job offers?
- The perpetrators will usually ask recipients to complete recruitment documentation, such as job application forms, terms and conditions of employment or visa forms. The Lundin Petroleum name and/or logo may be included (without our authority) on the documentation.
- There are usually various requests for personal information such as address details, date of birth, CV, passport details, bank details etc.
- Candidates are requested to contact other companies/individuals such as lawyers, bank officials, travel agencies, courier companies, visa/immigration processing agencies etc.
- Email correspondence is often sent from (or responses requested to) free web-based e-mail accounts such as yahoo.com, yahoo.co.uk, gmail.com, hotmail.com, hotmail.co.uk, live.com etc.
- The perpetrators frequently use mobile or platform telephone numbers beginning with +44(0)70 instead of official Lundin Petroleum telephone numbers.
- The perpetrators ask the candidate to make certain payments to progress the job application, for example, in respect of work permits, visas, travel arrangements, etc. Lundin Petroleum does not request money transfers or payments from applicants to secure a job, either as an employee or as a contractor.
What should I do and not do?
If you receive email or other correspondence which may be fraudulent based on the above or other factors, we advise you as follows:
- DO contact your local police and provide them with all information you may have from the senders.
- DO NOT disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know.
- DO NOT send any money in respect of a job application.
- DO NOT engage in further communication if you believe the communications may be fraudulent.
Given the ease at which these fraudulent schemes can be conducted (for example, unsolicited emails can be simultaneously sent to hundreds of prospective applicants), we would request that you kindly not contact Lundin Petroleum, unless you have serious doubts as to whether a job offer is real or fictitious. We trust that the above explanations should assist you in this determination in most instances.