FRAUD AND SCAM ALERT
The Blacksands Pacific Group companies regularly receive calls and emails from members of the public seeking clarification of business propositions, and job offers.
a) Business propositions
The business propositions pretending to be made on behalf of The Blacksands Pacific Group companies come in different guises, but generally solicit the help of the recipients in transferring huge sums of money. The people initiating these propositions claim the sums involved are for instance entitlements in respect of deceased relations, or monies accruing from excess crude oil sales, or have been forgotten in some dormant account. Sometimes they also propose to award huge value contracts to the recipients of such mails.
b) Recruitment scams
The job offers come from organizations falsely pretending to recruit on behalf of The Blacksands Pacific Group companies or by people claiming to work for, or be affiliated to, a Blacksands Pacific Group company. These propositions notify individuals that their qualifications were found suitable to work as an employee (local or expatriate) for a Blacksands Pacific Group company and solicit the transfer of significant sums of money to pay for work permits, insurance policies, etc.
Please note that The Blacksands Pacific companies (nor any of the organizations that recruit on our behalf) never ask for any money or payments from applicants, at any point in the recruitment process. All individuals who are successful in gaining an offer of employment from a Blacksands Pacific Group company, whether directly or indirectly, are always required to go through a formal recruitment process. All communications should originate from a verifiable Blacksands Pacific e-mail address and not from an Internet e-mail address e.g.: gmail, yahoo etc.
What to do...
- Do not respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or job offers from people or e-mail addresses you do not know or trust.
- Do not disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know or trust or on a website you do not trust. Should you have disclosed this information to somebody you do not know or trust or to a website you do not trust consider reporting the incident to your local law enforcement.
- Be on the lookout for suspicious signs – e.g. communications from non-Blacksands Pacific e-mail addresses (i.e. from a gmail.com address); poor use of English; and requests for money
Blacksands Pacific’s name and identity is being used fraudulently in these instances. In as much as we sympathize with anyone who has lost money in this way, The Blacksands Pacific Group companies cannot accept any responsibility.
We are taking this matter extremely seriously, and are passing all information relating to such fraudulent activity to the legal authorities for appropriate action.