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E-mails Containing Hoax Job Offer Sent from Bogus Abu Dhabi Oil Company

Arabianbusiness.com reported on 26th August 2013 stating that a bogus email scam offering employment in a fake oil company in Abu Dhabi are spreading in other Arab nations and targeting applicants with hoax employment offers in Qatar.

The fresh unwanted emails are being mailed by a HR (Human Resources) executive asserting to be from a bogus company called Qatar National Oil Ltd.

The fake email tells the recipient that "Qatar National Oil Ltd." has taken his CV into consideration and hence the company is sending him their international Online Questionnaire for endorsement. He is requested to respond within 48 hours of email receipt. He is told that his application will be assessed on the base of answers in Online Questionnaire in conjunction with his CV and he will be surely notified upon re-evaluation of his information.

Arabianbusiness.com published a report on 26th August,2013 stating that one resident of Abu Dhabi (UAE) received a congratulatory letter for getting a job with bogus Qatar National Oil Ltd. The email had an attachment containing his contract letter and an 'acceptance letter' that he was requested to complete and mail back.

While analyzing the ongoing fake job email campaign security experts comment that all unsolicited job offers via email (as in above case) should be treated with extreme caution and not to be replied with any personal information.

Experts added that apart from money-laundering trick, scammers may use emails of job offer to trap victims into revealing sensitive personal information through which they may steal the identity of victims. The scammers may also trick victims to pay fees for bogus "training" or "job manuals" or trick them into transferring their own funds while waiting for a stolen cheque to clear.

However, it is not the first time that a fake job offer email scam has rocked job seekers in Middle East. During last week of June 2013, a genuine oil company Abu Dhabi National Oil Company popularly known as Adnoc had warned candidates about bogus emails offering job and employment contracts which were circulating in the region at that time.

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