John Mark QC & Associates

This notice is issued by the Financial Supervision Commission (“the Commission”) in accordance with the powers conferred upon it under Section 30 of the Financial Services Act 2008.

The Commission has recently become aware of correspondence received by members of the public purporting to have been sent by an entity offering bogus job opportunities.

In the bogus job offer correspondence it states that “A certificate of sponsorship (CoS) is required for the Tier 2 – Skilled Migrants work in United Kingdom… …Contact our Legal Representative for guidance/obtaining your Certificate of Sponsorship”. (sic).

The name and address given for the Legal Representative is “John Mark QC & Associates, 54-58 Athol Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1JD”. The Commission can confirm that this is a real address in the Isle of Man, however, the above entity is not located at this address, and no entities genuinely located at this address are in any way connected or associated with 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.

The above entity and address have been mentioned in a previous bogus job offer which was the subject of a previous Public Warning issued by the Commission.

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 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.

FSC reference: CD/04/2010