Romanian offshore driller warns of online job scam

Romanian offshore drilling company GSP Offshore has warned of a fake recruiter scam online using GSP’s identity to try and lure unsuspecting victims into paying a fee for non-existing jobs.

The driller’s spokesperson has told Offshore Energy Today that GSP Offshore became aware of the job scam scheme after several people had sent it messages wanting to check the validity of the job offer they had received.

“In the past two months, we have received more than 10 enquiries from people that have been contacted in order to be offered a so-called position within GSP. Most of them have been sent a letter on behalf of a fake GSP branch in Scotland. In order to make the offer look more authentic, they have used our company`s logo, as well as the address of our former office in Scotland (29 Abercrombie Court, Prospect Road, Arnhall Business Park, Westhill, Aberdeen), so that the job seekers could be easier tricked.”

According to the spokesperson, the scammers have also used the name of a former employee of GSP, Ms. Andreea Dorcu.

In a statement on its website, the provider of offshore oilfield services said the identified “schemes are fraudulent and may seek to obtain personal details or even money from the recipients.”

Offshore Energy Today asked for more details on what addresses the schemers used, to help reduce the chance of someone becoming a victim of the scheme.

GSP Offshore responded: “The e-mail addresses the scammers use are also quite similar to our official ones, i.e. hrdept@ukgspoffshore.com (our official domain is @gspoffshore.com, and for our branches we would use for example @nl.gspoffshore.com for The Netherlands, or @ru.gspoffshore.com for Russia).”

Below is the list of signs, as shared by GSP Offshore, that a job offer one receives may indeed be a scam;

1. You are asked to wire money
2. You are asked for personal information, such as bank account numbers, or credit card number
3. You receive e-mails from a non-business e-mail address
4. There is no experience necessary
5. The salary is to high and many benefits are offered on the spot

The company has called for all those aware of suspicious employment offers, to inform GSP Offshore at the following e-mail address human.resources@gspoffshore.com

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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