MV Karina Cruise Ltd

MV Karina Cruise Ltd

MV Karina Island Cruises

Mr. Kelly White

Mr George G Rayburn

Chan Law Advocates

www.mvkarinacruise.co.uk

The Commission has recently become aware of correspondence received by members of the public purporting to have been sent by a Mr Kelly White (HR Manager) and a Mr George G. Rayburn (Secretary General) of the purported entities MV Karina Cruise Ltd and MV Karina Island Tours.

Within the correspondence it is claimed that the above named entities have addresses of Clovenstones Cottage, Baldrine, Isle of Man and 30, North Quay, Douglas, Isle of Man. We can confirm that these are real addresses in the Isle of Man, however, enquiries undertaken by the Commission have identified categorically that the stated entities are not located at these addresses, and that no entities or individuals genuinely located at these addresses are in any way connected with, associated with or aware of the stated entities or either of the named individuals.

The addresses are genuinely associated with a vessel named the MV Karina by way of the genuine entities located there.

The correspondence sent to members of the public is in regard to a purported job offer from the purported entities MV Karina Island Cruises and MV Karina Cruise Ltd and asks them to report to the Isle of Man on a specific date.

The correspondence makes reference to a website www.mvkarina.co.uk . Enquiries undertaken by the Commission have identified that this website is not in any way associated with the aforementioned addresses (which are also referred to on the website) and that it is not genuinely associated with the vessel MV Karina or anyone genuinely associated with that vessel. Examination of this website has identified that it appears to have been copied, with minor modifications, from the genuine website www.hebridean.co.uk

The correspondence seen by the Commission contains references to a purported entity called Chan Law Advocates of Bridge House, Bridge Street, Castletown, Isle of Man who it claims should be contacted to secure the recipient’s “police clearance from the Isle of Man Constabulary”.

Bridge House, Bridge Street, Castletown, Isle of Man is a genuine Isle of Man address, however, enquiries undertaken by the Commission have established that there is no such entity as Chan Law Advocates at or associated with that address. There is a genuine entity by the name of Chan Law LLC at that address. The genuine Chan Law LLC is a firm of English Solicitors whose members are registered as Legal Practitioners on the Isle of Man. The genuine Chan Law LLC is not in any way connected with, associated with or aware of any such entity as Chan Law Advocates. The genuine Chan Law LLC are not able to secure any kind of purported “police clearance from the Isle of Man Constabulary” in the context that it is mentioned within the correspondence.

Some of those in receipt of the aforementioned correspondence have been sent a purported “Isle of Man Constabulary, Police Constabulary Clearance Application Form”. The purported form has not genuinely been issued by the Isle of Man Constabulary. The Commission has been unable to identify any genuine document known as an “Isle of Man police clearance document”.

The Commission wishes to draw attention to the following observations:

None of the entities listed at the top of this Notice is a company incorporated within the jurisdiction of the Isle of Man. None is registered as a foreign company having established a place of business on the Isle of Man. None is registered as a business name on the Isle of Man. The Commission has established no association between the listed entities and any genuine Isle of Man companies or individuals.

The Commission has established no genuine links between the listed entities and the Isle of Man.

The telephone numbers quoted in the correspondence are not genuine Isle of Man telephone numbers.

Under the circumstances the Financial Supervision Commission feels that this correspondence is being issued to tempt the recipient into becoming the victim of an Advance Fee Fraud.

OR

Is an attempt at gaining personal data from the recipient in order to steal their identity.

Also see information issued by the Isle of Man Office of the Data Protection Supervisor.

Under the circumstances the Commission would encourage people receiving correspondence matching the above description to refrain from responding to it in any way.

Any persons who are already involved in any dealings resulting from the above correspondence and have concerns should contact the Enforcement Division on +44 1624 689313 or by email to [email protected].

Any persons who have paid out funds in relation to the above correspondence or who have provided personal financial details in relation to the above correspondence should consider contacting their local police fraud unit without delay.

FSC reference: JPM/3/2009