Update: Potential Oil Energy and Gas Inc / Dr Gray Ben

Potential Oil Energy and Gas Inc

Dr Gray Ben – Updated 24 September 2009

The Commission has recently become aware of correspondence received by members of the public purporting to have been sent by an entity, Potential Oil Energy and Gas Inc.

An address given for this entity is “43-49 Castle Victoria Road, Douglas – IM2 4EH, Isle of Man”. The Commission can confirm that this address does not exist here in the Isle of Man.

The correspondence sent to members of the public is in regard to a job offer from the above entity.

The Commission wishes to draw attention to the following observations:

The above entity is not a company incorporated within the jurisdiction of the Isle of Man. It is not registered as a foreign company having established a place of business on the Isle of Man. It is not registered as a business name on the Isle of Man.

The Commission has established no association between the above entity and any genuine Isle of Man companies.

The Commission has established no genuine links between the above entity and the Isle of Man.

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 – see explanatory notice issued by the Commission at:

http://www.iomfsa.im/ViewNews.gov?page=lib/news/iomfsa/westafricanfraud.xml&menuid=11570

OR

Is an attempt at gaining personal data from the recipient in order to steal their identity – see explanatory notice issued by the Commission at:

http://www.iomfsa.im/ViewNews.gov?page=lib/news/iomfsa/identitytheft.xml&menuid=11570

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

http://www.gov.im/lib/news/odps/yourinformationy.xml

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Updated: 24 September 2009

The Commission has been made aware of further correspondence regarding Potential Oil Energy and Gas Inc, which is sent by a “Dr Gray Ben, Human Resources Manager, Potential Oil and Gas Inc”.

In this correspondence it asks for personal information and “another copy of your CV / RESUME to enable the screening department re-confirm your resume”.

As it states in the above warning, the Commission feels this correspondence is being issued in an attempt at gaining personal data from the recipient in order to steal their identity.

All other comments previously made by the Commission in the above Public Notice remain valid.

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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 689314 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.

Original FSC reference: CD/19/2009
Updated FSC reference: CD/20/2009