Scam alert! St Lucians being targeted in hospitality job fraud

CASTRIES, St Lucia, August 31, 2009 – St Lucians are being warned of an Internet scam in which job opportunities are being offered in the hospitality industry in the United States and Canada.
According to the Ministry of Labour, Information and Broadcasting, the offers being made in widely circulated emails not legit.

“The ministry has conducted its investigations and has also ascertained that these job offers are scams aimed at extorting money from vulnerable job seekers,” a release from the ministry said.

The emails claim that many employment opportunities are available in the US and Canada at some of the major hotel chains.

But to get them, persons are required to send money in exchange for assistance in obtaining employment and work visas. Recipients of the false offers are urged, in the emails, to disclose personal information and to pay US$195.00 for an Entrance Approval Certificate and work permit which would guarantee them entry and employment in the respective countries.

The Omni Hotels, a well known, upscale American hotel chain, is prominently featured in the messages, with pictures of its various properties included in the emails. But the company has also issued an Internet fraud alert warning persons not to fall victim.

“Be advised that Omni Hotels does not request personal information or money via email, and Omni Hotels never solicits or recruits potential employees via e-mail,” it stated.