Hoax job offers sent from fake Qatar firm

Similar email scams were also sent claiming to offer positions at an Abu Dhabi oil company
By Beatrice Thomas
Mon 26 Aug 2013 09:57 AM

A fake email scam that offered employment in an Abu Dhabi oil company has spread to other Arab states with applicants now being targeted for hoax jobs in Qatar.

The new unsolicited emails, obtained by Arabian Business, are being sent by a HR executive claiming to be from a fake company calling itself Qatar National Oil Ltd.

“Qatar National Oil Ltd has considered your CV RESUME,” the email claims. “Hence, we are sending you our international Online Questionnaire to endorse and get back to us within 48 hours of receipt.

“Your application will be evaluated on the basis of the answers from the Online Questionnaire alongside your resume and you will surely be notified upon review of your whole submitted information.”

The email then goes on to list 30 vacant positions.

The documents seen by Arabian Business had been sent to an email address in the US.

However, a check of internet expat forums has found that the same scammers have been targeting potential applicants in countries including Egypt, the UAE, Kenya and Sri Lanka, in a bid to obtain confidential information.

One UAE resident, who said he was from Abu Dhabi, said he received a letter congratulating him on securing a job with the fake Qatar National Oil Ltd.

The email included an attachment of his supposed contract and an acceptance letter, which he was asked to fill out and scan back.

In June, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) warned against a fake email scam offering employment in the company and asking respondents to forward money to cover work permits and recruitment costs.

However, Arabian Business has seen emails claiming to be from Adnoc sent on Sunday, meaning the scam was still continuing two months later.

Adnoc said in June it did not offer job applications by email, only recruited candidates through face-to-face interviews and always covers the full cost of hiring candidates if they are from overseas.

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