An insurance con is at the centre of a significant controversy based around the North Sea oil rigs.
According to a report by The National
, 100s of jobseekers have been conned out of as much as £10,000 as they were tricked into believing they had jobs on North Sea oil rigs. An investigation by non-profit organisation SAFERjobs found that it was a fake job scam with the prospective employees paying out for expensive insurance policies, visas and travel.
The idea was that employees had to pay out in advance for travel insurance, health insurance and visas – all of which could cost tens of thousands. The report states that some individuals parted with more than £10,000.
Indeed the report suggests it is not the first fake job issue in Scotland with SAFERjobs chairman Keith Rosser also highlighting a scam in Glasgow based around a fake warehousing firm.
He told the publication: “We have a lot of people coming to us from Scotland reporting fake jobs, particularly in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
“I live in Glasgow and recently we had one of these companies advertising jobs at this fake address in West George Street in the city.
“The problem is that those behind the fake firms are faceless people from all over the world, so it is very difficult to catch them – so we have had to find other ways to fight it by making jobseekers aware of it.”
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