Email purporting to be from international hotel chain, Radisson claims that jobs are available at a Radisson hotel in London and interested applicants should email their CV’s or call for further discussions.
The email is not from Radisson and the supposed job vacancies are just the bait used to trick potential victims into responding. The message is a scam designed to trick recipients into sending money and personal information to cybercriminals.
Subject: JOB VACANCY IN RADISSON BLU HOTEL UK E-mail your CV TO firstname.lastname@example.org
130 Tottenham Court Road
London , W1T 5AY United Kingdom
Dear Job Applicant,
Hope this mail reaches you in high spirits and good health.
This is from the Human resources Department of Radisson Hotel London.
office, E-mail your CV TO (email@example.com)
The Radisson Hotel London. Recruitment Team is inviting applications
CVs/Resumes from reputable candidates and expatriates in the below
published current and available job positions for immediate recruitment
If interested, kindly Send us your CV/RESUME for
confirmation: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you may call on
Tel: +44-701-0031473 for further discussions.
AVAILABLE POSITIONS AS LISTED BELOW.
Food and Beverage Administration
Looking forward to your early response.
General Manager Radisson Hotel London.
Recruitment Manager Radisson Hotel London.
According to this email, which purports to be from international hotel chain, Radisson, a number of job vacancies are ready to be filled at a Radisson Hotel in London.
The message instructs interested applicants to email their CV to the recruitment manager or call directly for further discussion about the available jobs.
However, the email is not from Radisson Hotels. And the supposed jobs being offered are just the bait used to entice people into responding. In fact, the message is an attempt to steal money and personal information from job seekers.
Those who take the bait and reply – either by sending their details or calling directly – will soon be informed that their application has been successful. Victims will be further drawn in by promises of great working conditions, very high wages and enticing perks such as free accommodation and food.
But, the scammers will then claim that the worker must meet certain obligations before starting the exciting new job. They may claim that applicants must pay an upfront fee to procure a police check before starting work. Or they may be told that they must pay in advance for training or equipment with the promise that they will later be reimbursed. Alternatively, they may be asked to send a fee so that the hotel “agents” can book travel and initial accommodation. Again, they will be told that the fees will be fully reimbursed with their first pay.
Requests for various fees will continue until the victim finally realizes that there is no job and he or she has been sending money to criminals.
To make matters worse, the scammers may have tricked their victims into supplying a large amount of personal and financial information, ostensibly to confirm their identities and to place them on an imaginary payroll. Thus, as well as being left out of pocket and without the promised job, victims may also have their identities stolen.
Such job scams are quite common. Scammers regularly pose as recruitment officers from various high profile companies. Similar scam emails have pretended to offer lucrative jobs at London’s Hilton Hotel.
Large companies such as Radisson or Hilton, are very unlikely to attempt to recruit staff via unsolicited and poorly crafted emails like the example above. And they most certainly would not use a free web based email account to send recruitment emails.
Moreover, the phone number used in the scam message is a personal forwarding number that can be set up to automatically divert to another number chosen by the scammer. Thus, because of the +44 country code, the victim may believe that they are talking to someone in the UK when in fact they are talking to a criminal in some other part of the world.
Be wary of any job offers that you receive via email. Always verify such offerings before responding. Other job related scams try to trick users into laundering the proceeds of crime.