Bogus Offers of Employment - F.S.C

 

Danubius Regents Park Hotel

Mr Kennedy Walter

Mr Hill Cole

The Commission has recently become aware of correspondence received by members of the public purporting to have been sent by a Mr Kennedy Walter (HR Manager) falsely claiming to represent the Danubius Hotel Regents Park, 18 Lodge Road, London NW8 7JT.

Within the correspondence it is claimed that the Danubius Hotel, Regents Park was able to make the individual an offer of employment at the hotel. A requirement of taking up the offer of employment was to apply for and complete applications for both Police Clearance checks and a United Kingdom Entry Permit Visa.

Once the initial correspondence had been replied to, contact was made from a person by the name of Mr Hill Cole purportedly representing the Visa Clearance and Boarder (sic) Control Office, St Francis Centre, Pottery Lane, London W11 4NQ. No record of a genuine named entity by this name operating from this address can be found.

There is a genuine Danubius Hotel Regents Park, 18 Lodge Road, London NW8 7JT. The genuine Danubius Hotel Regents Park Hotel does have a human resources division but the name Kennedy Walter is not known to them. Enquiries undertaken by the Commission have established categorically that neither the genuine Danubius Hotel Regents Park, nor anyone genuinely associated with it, has issued the aforementioned correspondence, has been associated with the issue of the aforementioned correspondence nor has any prior knowledge whatsoever of the issue of the aforementioned correspondence. None of the individuals purportedly issuing the aforesaid correspondence are in any way associated or known to the genuine Danubius Hotel Regents Park and they do not have any authority whatsoever to make offers of employment on its behalf. The offers of employment with the Danubius Hotel Regents Park purportedly made within the aforementioned correspondence are not genuine.

The correspondence seen by the Commission also contains references to “Chan Law LLC Advocate and Solicitor” of Bridge House, Bridge Street, Castletown, Isle of Man who it claims should be contacted to secure the recipients “police clearance from the Isle of Man Constabulary”.

There is a genuine Chan Law LLC at Bridge House, Bridge Street, Castletown, Isle of Man. The genuine Chan Law LLC is a firm of English Solicitors whose members are registered as Legal Practitioners on the Isle of Man. Enquiries undertaken by the Commission have established that the genuine Chan Law LLC is not in any way connected with the aforementioned correspondence and has no connection or association with those issuing or purporting to issue it. 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 aforementioned correspondence. The purported email addresses and telephone number quoted for Chan Law LLC within the aforementioned correspondence are not genuinely associated or connected with that firm.

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”.

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

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 aforementioned correspondence and who have concerns should contact the Enforcement Division on +44 1624 689311 or by email to [email protected].

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

FSC reference: NDR/5/2011