Monday, 2 July 2012

Scams Targeting The Unemployed On Gumtree

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! Glasgow has received notice from a supporter of a scam that is being promoted on the popular search website Gumtree. In the interests of anyone who may use the Gumtree site for job searching we reproduce the statement below and urge everyone to remain vigilant against the cowardly parasites, who exploit the vulnerability of the poor and unemployed for their own selfish ends, behind this. One of the victims of this scam is quoted below...

‘I have been unemployed for some months now and regularly check the Gumtree website to search for jobs. Last week I came across a ‘Hotel Receptionist’ job advertised with the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow City Centre. This was one of the many jobs I applied for that day. A couple of days later I heard back from ‘Aspire Recruitment Services ltd’ and was delighted to hear I had been ‘shortlisted’ for the job and was to come in for 2 days training on the 28 and 29th June.  The email was well worded but its insistence that £60 was required in the form of UKASH vouchers ‘as a result of recent Government changes to the vetting and barring scheme (VBS)’ made me suspicious. After asking some people about this, I decided that it was all legit, and emailed ‘Samantha Jones, HR Manager’ back the 19 digits for the UKASH vouchers. This was all to my disappointment as when I arrived on the day at the hotel I was told at reception that there was no job on offer and the email I had received had been a fake, as many others had also been caught up in the trap and contacted the Marriot Hotel directly.

Walking away from the hotel I felt humiliated, angry and disappointed, not so much about the loss of money, but more to do with the fact that I thought I had found some decent work after months of looking. My message for the people behind this attack on the unemployed is this; as the upper classes will one day be held accountable for their crimes against the working class so too will the parasites who live in our midst. You are no better than low life drug dealers, exploiting the vulnerability, hope and sincerity of people who are already being hammered by this system. My advice for anyone searching for jobs online is do not trust any email that asks for money, no matter how sophisticated it sounds. I have attached the email I received in response to my application below so that anyone who comes across ‘Aspire Recruitment Services ltd’ or any other fake employment company maybe helped to see through it.’

Victory to the unemployed!
Parasites out our communities!

NOTE THE NAME OF THE VICTIM HAS BEEN REMOVED FOR REASONS OF ANONYMITY-

Dear ...,

We are glad to inform you that after careful look at your CV for the position of ''Marriott Hotel Receptionist'' advertised on Gumtree, you have been shortlisted to join the Training and Induction Seminar. '' CONGRATULATIONS''

There will be 2 day induction and training which will take place on the 28th & 29th of June 2012 from 10am to 4pm each day at:

MARRIOTT HOTEL CONFERENCE HALL
500 ARGYLE STREET,
ANDERSON
G3 8RR
SCOTLAND

The two day training will be fully paid for and you are expected to come with your original documents which is listed below: 

·  Passport /Birth Certificate/ID card (showing your right to work in the UK)

·  Utility bill (showing current address)

·  N.I number

·  Bank/Building Society/Local Post Office details (for your wages)

·  The Confidential Application Form (print out)  

Attached is a confidential application form, please print, fill in all relevant sections and bring it with you on the day of induction/training. 
 
The pay rate for this position as listed in the Job advert will be
DAY RATE : £9.85
NIGHT/WEEKEND RATE: £11.25 - £12.65 

START DATE: 10/07/2012

There will be Full time and Part time positions to choose from, there will also be morning and night shift, and you will be paid every fortnightly (two weeks). You will be issued a uniform on the induction/training day.
  
Please e-mail us back the following before the 24th of June 2012

·  Your uniform size (i.e. Shirt, Trousers and Suit)
·  The mode of payment for your CRB checks (Ukash Voucher).

As a result of recent Government changes to the vetting and barring scheme (VBS) the cost of Enhanced CRB check is £60.  Due to insurance purposes and MARRIOTT HOTEL policy, we cannot accept CRB done outside the company.  

A £60 UKASH voucher which is the payment for your CRB disclosure which will be refunded on the day of induction. The UKASH voucher is the safest and secure mode of payment which consists of 19 digits should be emailed to us as soon as possible so that we can commence with the CRB check to avoid any delays with your start date which is on the 10th July 2012.  

This UKASH voucher can be purchased at most Newsagents, off license, most shops with the E PAY/PAYPOINT sign. Once again, you are to send this voucher as soon as possible to avoid any delays, and to avoid being delisted from the chosen post and do not forget to keep your receipt safe for refunds on the day of induction. 

ALL EMAILS SHOULD BE SENT TO HUMAN RESOURCES(HR) at :Aspirerecruitmentservicesltd@job4u.com

The deadline for the submission by email of your uniform sizes and £60 Ukash voucher numbers for your CRB fees will be on the  24th of June 2012, no work placement will be offered without any of the above and you will not be eligible to come in for the two day training and induction. We are extremely very busy this period and may not be able to respond to your enquiries. We will give you any more information needed on the training/induction day and we are glad to welcome you to our company. 

                   ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS ON JOINING  MARRIOTT HOTELS UK.

Kind Regards
SAMANTHA JOELS
HR Manager

3 comments:

  1. It is blindingly obvious that this is a scam from the vocabulary and grammar used. Also, no reputable company will charge more than the standard cost of a CRB check, currently £44.00 for an enhanced CRB.
    Always be cynical and you won't get stung.

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  2. I have just recieved the same message for a different hotel
    Dear Applicant



    We are glad to inform you that after careful look at your CV for the position of ''BAR STAFF / WAITERS/ WAITRESS '' advertised on Gumtree, you have been selected to join our new team. '' CONGRATULATIONS''

    There will be 2 day induction and training which will take place on the 3rd & 4th of Jan 2013 from 10am to 4pm each day at:




    HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

    Liverpool City Centre

    Lime Street,

    Liverpool.

    L1 1NQ

    Please report to the main reception




    The 2 day induction will be fully paid for.

    The documents listed below is required as a proof of address and Identity


    · Passport - please send a scanned copy of your Passport via email (liverpoolholidayinn@gmail.com). Only coloured copies will be accepted



    These documents should be brought to the induction



    · Utility bill (showing current address)

    · N.I number

    · Bank/Building Society/Local Post Office details (for your wages)

    · The Confidential Application Form (print out)

    Attached is a confidential application form, please print, fill in all relevant sections and bring it with you on the day of induction/training.

    The pay rate for this position as listed in the Job advert will be

    DAY RATE : £7.95 per hr

    NIGHT/WEEKEND RATE: £10.25 p/hr

    There will be Full time and Part time positions to choose from, there will also be morning and night shift, and you will be paid every fortnight (two weeks). You will be issued a uniform on the induction/training day.



    Please e-mail us back the following before Mon the 17th of Dec 2012

    · Your uniform size (i.e. Shirt, Trousers and Suit Jacket)

    · The mode of payment for your CRB checks (Ukash Voucher).

    As a result of recent Government changes to the vetting and barring scheme (VBS) the cost of Enhanced CRB check is £60. Due to insurance purposes and our client’s policy, we cannot accept CRB done outside the company.

    A £60 UKASH voucher which is the payment for your CRB disclosure which will be refunded on the day of induction. The UKASH voucher is the safest and secure mode of payment which consists of 19 digits should be emailed to us as soon as possible so that we can commence with the CRB check to avoid any delays with your start date. This UKASH voucher can be purchased at most Newsagents, off license, most shops with the E PAY/PAYPOINT sign. Once again, you are to send this voucher as soon as possible to avoid any delays, and to avoid being delisted from the chosen post and do not forget to keep your receipt safe for refunds on the day of induction.

    ALL EMAILS SHOULD BE SENT TO Amanda Turner on: liverpoolholidayinn@gmail.com



    The deadline for the submission by email of your uniform sizes and £60 Ukash voucher numbers for your CRB fees will be on Mon the 17th of Dec 2012, no work placement will be offered without any of the above and you will not be eligible to come in for the two day training and induction. We are extremely very busy this period and may not be able to respond to your enquiries. We will give you any more information needed on the training/induction day and we are glad to welcome you to our company.



    ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS ON JOINING HOLIDAY INN UK

    Kind Regards

    Amanda Turner

    Manager, Recruitment Dept

    0845 052 4697

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