Relocation Expenses Scam

Criminals Target Chefs, Bartenders, Engineers And Cruise Workers 

In this tough economy, finding a job can be extremely difficult. When you receive a job offer, it can be very exciting. Even better, receiving a job offer to work in an exotic hotel or an oil company in a foreign country – such as Malaysia or Guinea Bissau – could be better luck than most people could imagine.

However, this could be a very sophisticated employment scam targeted to fleecing unemployed people who cannot afford to lose their money. In this scheme, the victim is contacted by a “Human Resources” executive of a luxury hotel or cruise line seeking a chef or bartender. It could also be anything from a design engineer to a foreman or oil executive. They mention that they saw your resume listed on a job board. They send very legitimate looking documents, including an employment contract spelling out all the details of the position.

They often call and do telephone interviews with the victim, using the real name of the actual HR representative for the company. So when you see the Malaysian country code and check the Internet for that specific HR manager, he/she exists and you believe it! Everything sounds good, but of course, there’s a hitch. There are two variations of the scam:


1. 50% Deposit For Travel Expenses Scam

All they require for you to start working is a 50% “deposit” of your travel expenses, for which you will allegedly be reimbursed when you arrive and begin working.

Of course, once you arrive you discover that there is no job and the people at the hotel have never heard of you. You are effectively still unemployed and now out a lot of money as well.

This scam was reported to us by a Serbian chef who was just about to move to Malaysia, until he looked up online the number of the real HR manager at the hotel and he called her himself, using the number of the hotel. Indeed, the real manager confirmed she was not the one sending the fake contract.

2. Pay $300 For Letter Approval Scam

In the second variation of the scam, the scammers look through Facebook profiles for people who are chefs, bartenders or any other skilled job. Once connected and getting their trust, they invite the victims to apply for the new promising job. After accepting it, they ask for $300US to be paid for your ‘offer letter approval’, as seen below, from a fake Princess Cruise Company.

Malaysia job offer chef bartender cruise Princess Cruise


In this particular case, victims receive the job offers with the following text, full of grammar mistakes that people from non-English speaking countries don’t notice:

The Princess Cruise Ship Company Tower is occupied with Restaurant, Pastry, kitchens, Conference Hall, Central Dining, Gift Shop, Exclusive Night Club, Bar, Staff Accommodation, Lodge Suits, etc. Princess cruise company is presently employing workers that can possibly arrive to occupy job posts on the date stipulated on the appointment letter to allow for selected candidates.

All Selected candidates from America and other concerned countries are automatically entitled to Monthly Net Salary / Take Home Salary, Weekly Allowances, Accommodation / Hospitality, Free Flight / Air Ticket from your country to Ontario Canada, Holidays Per Year, Medical Treatment, Free English Language Tutorial Class for Foreign Nationals, Life Insurance Registration, Free 3 Square Meals / Fruits, 24 hours free Water, Electricity, Gas, Heater, Extension of years at service and all other standard facilities guaranteed by the USA Constitutional Labor Law and USA Immigration and Citizenship supported by America National Government.

Kindly sign the offer letter if you accept the company proposition and forward it back to your Hr Mr Mohammed.

Job Offers From Malaysia Scam: How To Avoid

If you receive a job offer from anywhere you can’t conduct an in-person interview, do not take the caller at face value. Investigate the company yourself online, then call the online contact number and ask for the person who interviewed you to verify the veracity of the interviewer. Do not merely ask the caller for a contact number; they can give you any number to reach them and you have learned nothing. Never send money up front to travel somewhere for a job. Legitimate companies will foot the bill for your relocation expenses.

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14 thoughts on “Relocation Expenses Scam”


    Here is their email:




    SITEC ENERGY OIL AND GAS PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION INC, Guinea-Bissau intends to invite prime experienced individuals/expatriates capable of rendering expertise with the below listed positions.
    If you are among the listed below inform, kindly send us your CV as to know more details about you and as to proceed in the job position to work with us.

    services in fields below:
    Petroleum Engineering
    Drilling Services
    Project Manager Engineering
    Project Controls Manager
    Project Engineers
    Administrative Managers
    Finance Managers
    Accounts Executive
    Administrative Executive
    Head – Mechanical Department
    Head – Process Department
    Lead Design Engineer – Electrical
    Lead Design Engineer – Mechanical
    Design Engineer – Instrumentation
    Lead Design Engineer – Process
    Lead Design Engineer – Civil//Structural
    Design Engineer – Piping/Pipelines/Mechanical
    Design Engineer – Process
    Design Engineer – Electrical
    Design Engineer – Civil/Structural 24Cost/Planning/Estimating Engineer
    Draftsman Cad – Mechanical/Instrument/Electrical/Civil
    Project Controls Technician
    Engineering Technician
    Administrative Assistants
    Technical assistants
    Human Resource officer /Manager
    Senior translators and interpreters
    Safety officers
    Security Officers
    Computer technicians
    Machine operators
    ERP Technical Associates
    Workshop Manager
    Architectural / Interior Draughtsman
    Software engineers
    Network Engineers
    Assistant Manager IT
    Senior Project Engineers
    Associate system engineers
    Computer network admin
    Web Developer
    Construction Manager Insulation
    Technical Consultant
    Oracle Developers
    Senior Technology Analyst
    System support engineer
    Logistics Manager
    Senior Document Controller
    Sr.Engineer operation welding.

    Unskilled positions like drivers, cleaners, etc.There are some vacant positions in our canteen and clinic.


    A cooperate project management team, Engineering, procurement, construction,Transportation and installation, safety, drawing, Designs, Geological services, maintenance, financial and commissioning.
    Entitlement, Compensation and Benefits packages include:

    . A very attractive net salary paid in US$, Sterling or Euros
    equivalent depending on employee home country and currency preference.
    . Quality single or family housing accommodation in company community.
    . Free medical care in Guinea-Bissau for employee and family.
    . Excellent educational assistance benefits with family status employment.
    . Paid airfares allowing full flexibility with holiday travel.
    . Personal effects shipment and excess baggage allowances.
    . Full access to some of the finest and social recreational facilities in Guinea-Bissau


    Level 1: 36 Months, (3 Year) and renewably only on satisfactory performance by employee.
    Level 2: Full time
    Interested candidates must have not less than 6months experience in any of the above listed fields.
    Interested candidates should forward their resumes/CV with verifiable reference(s) as word attached document

    NOTE/ Interested candidates should be responsible for his / her Visa/Work Permit processing charges fee payment to the Guinea-Bissau Immigration Home Office here in Guinea-Bissau, while the Company will be responsible for all our intersted Applicant Flight Ticket fare.

    Yours at Service,
    Dr. Fernando Gomes
    Vice President.

    Bissau – Guinea-Bissau

  2. i have received offer recently from company IBN Sdn Bhd Malaysia so plz tell this is scam or not. this is my email..

    Company: IBN Malaysia
    Company Address: Lot 33, 1st Floor, Likas Square Commercial Center, Jln Istiadat Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia

  3. hello i am raymond jannu from italy the same thing happen to me couple of days ago ,westin kuala lampur hotel contacted me as human r manager and with the gm of the hotel they took my interview by phone ?…then i am really a food sent and a copy of ticket was sent too….and then then told to sent money by western union money transfer…but then i had the doubt …so i stop at the movement and called in the hotel ,directly and spoke to the receptionist but she did not understand nothin so please be care full i almost lost the job where i used to work ,,,,,cauz i almost was giving my resig…….BE CAREFULL EVERYBODY..CIAO FROM RAYMOND..ITALIA

  4. i got the same letter and employment proposal fro post of executive chef at the westin kuala lampur hotel, exact letter and only the hote name has changed, evrything was strange from the start, 5 days afetr applying online i got the job, had a interview on sunday i fucked up bad in the interview but still got a $94000 expat package.I had doubts becaus 1

    1) the process was very fats.
    2)non official email with out the disclaimer.
    3)i called the real Mrs June Yap.
    4) alertness saved me minimum $1500 .

  5. akhtar ali Pakistan

    I have got offer as crm from in Malaysia in company located in likas square commercial centre jln istiadat likas,kota kinabalu,saba Malaysia
    telephone no. +60126910890&+60102003045
    they wanted me to submit 5% fee that is 500 Malaysian. please tell me about this, I will be very think full of you

  6. From Wayne Roe USA
    I have received similar documentation from the Marriott Hotel and Spa,Putrjaya Malaysia.Contract and all,and verified the Human Resource Manager by calling the hotel using the number listed on the web site.I have already forwarded monies through Western Union for 50% transportation costs which is now gone.BEWARE!!!

  7. zohaib ahmad siddiqui

    tusday 22/07/2014 i have offerd recently from company IBN Sdn Bhd Malaysia so plz tell this is scam or not. this is mt email..

    Company: IBN Malaysia
    Company Address: Lot 33, 1st Floor, Likas Square Commercial Center, Jln Istiadat Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia

  8. Hello I am from Melbourne
    I have offered a job in MMC oil and gas company and ask to pay $870 upfront for processing travel documents.
    Please advice
    thanks and regards

  9. i have received an email from troika medical centre in malaysia. just like the letter above i am given an employment letter from the hospital. and now they want me to contact this Mohammed Isa Chambers and Associates and this will process my immigration into malaysia. do this company exist?

  10. I’ve received such mail again and again.
    Nobody in this world would ever take interview in that manner. Once selected company always pays for relocation including air-fare. It’s a fake for sure.

    To be sure: Never believe it when they’re asking for a money be just a single cent.

  11. Nkosinathi Mazibuko

    I have been offered a job opportunity by the company MMC Oil and Gas in Malaysia. I got the Online interview in the form of a MS Word file with questions related to my career, my future goals and personal information.

    I have got the job offer and I have to pay upfront payments for Malaysian travel documents $870 USD. I am from South Africa.

    Kindly advice on e-mail.

    Thanks and Regards

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