Hoax job offers sent from fake Qatar firm

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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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Posted by: Max

Well guys, I recieved an email also starting " Congratulations over your success........etc etc. This was for a post as project manager also from Mr Abdullah Ahmed Engineer. There is a tourist bureau you need to contact who will then secure the work permit needed to work in Qatar and all expenses will be reclaimed once you are on site......haha!! This obviously is an upfront payment...!!!!!

Posted by: karim

Well, this morning an email was received starting with
" Congratulations over your success!!!" asking to send a Scanned Copy of the Acceptance page. Of course a package is there and an "authentic" fake contract, too. The contact person is Mr Abdullah Ahmed Engineer!! The latter answers over the phone and seems convincing! What's the do, guys?

Posted by: Peter

You mean my Managing Director offer from QNOL may be fake? I'm shocked. I didn't apply for the job, but that's what the head hunters' role is - right? - to find the best people for the job? And I am the best ... I have a handwritten degree from the Univercity of Harvard to prove it.

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