How to identify a Shell recruitment scam

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Several websites, blogs and forums are often quick to spread information about Shell recruitment programmes and job opportunities.

While few might be genuine, a majority of them are false and outright scams that are targeted at unsuspecting job seekers who are very keen on putting in for Shell recruitment programmes and many other oil majors for that matter.

Well, it is advised that you are not only careful but make sure you confirm every information about Shell recruitment programmes.

So how do you know if a certain job advertisement about Shell is a scam? Shell itself has issued a statement on its website to warn the general public on how to know confirm such information.

The company said recent incidents have occurred involving organisations falsely claiming to recruit on behalf of Shell. These organisations, claiming to either work for or be affiliated with Shell, notify individuals that their qualifications were found suitable to work as an employee (local or expatriate) for Shell and solicit the transfer of significant sums of money to pay for work permits, insurance policies, etc.

Please note that Shell does not (nor do any of the organisations that recruit on our behalf) ever ask for money or payments from applicants at any point in the recruitment process. All individuals who are successful in gaining an offer of employment from Shell, whether directly or indirectly, are always required to go through a formal recruitment process.

Please note that these communications are fraudulent. They do not originate from Shell nor are they associated with Shell’s recruitment process.

Salient points of such communications are that they come from non-Shell email addresses (e.g. from a yahoo.com address); the use of English is poor, and at some stage money is requested.

We recommend that you do not respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers from people with whom you are unfamiliar.

Shell warned that you should not disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know. If you receive such proposals, we would advise you to contact your local police station and provide them with all information you may have from the senders (email addresses, phone/fax details, etc.).