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Peace-alliance tours and travels / job offer scam

1 14 Colonial Way,Watford, Hertfordshire,WD24 4WH.London, England, Greater London, United Kingdom Review updated:
Contact information:
Phone: +44-704-579-7400, +44-703-598-4133

It was a very well organized scam conducted by a group of some highly professional people in cyber crime.

They put a job opening on one of the recognized UK job portal “XING” from the very big oil and gas multi national company "TOTAL" on the name of "Mr. Philip Jordan" who is officially the head of careers and recruitment department of the company.
They reply through an email id which is "Human Resource Department, Total UK" Carrieer.recruitment@total.co.uk. (contact no.- +[protected]) They asked me first to fill an application form and send the scan copy. Then they asked to fill a form that they call as “Improvised Tentative Interview” form that is written format of interview. All these forms look very official with company monogram on it and very relevant questions.
After all this they finally gave me a job offer whose documents again look complete official. In that and in previous mail they said that even after having job offer you have to come to London for a face to face oral interview to check the validity of candidate. In this the applicant have to pay 33% of the expenses as part of showing commitment to join the company that will be reimbursed as soon as I reach London. They referred me to a travelling agency Peace alliance tours and travels with website www.peace-alliance.com and talk to “Mr. Raymond” (contact no.- +[protected]) to arrange all travelling requirements. There they have taken 1489 pounds (33% amount) and other scanned documents.
After that they asked me to fill an “Anti terrorist application form” for which I have to submit 4000 pounds which is also refundable when I reach London. There I realized that I am in scam. They were still in conversation with me both on mail and contact nos. and assuring me the things will be fine. After my lot of suspicion they put a different story and assuring me that people dealing with me on travelling agency were fraud and so called “Mr. Philip Jordan” will now try catch hold of them and situation is under control. Somehow I was then able to find official contact nos. of company and after contacting them got confirmed of being in scam but I have lost around 1500 pounds in all this.
I have all the documents, mails, contact nos., names that they used and will produce as per requirement in the investigation.
This was a very planned scam executed by some professional scammers and things are done so fast and professionally that it was difficult to catch them initially and you just give benefit of doubt to them with such a lucrative offer and professional way of dealing and all relevant documents.

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  • Ca
      15th of May, 2011
    +1 Votes

    I recived the same letter just a couple days ago!! so i decided to investigate and i found your claim about it, the person who comunicate with me was Dr. Morgan Phawoski and i have to call some other guy Mr.Adam Bradley on a travel agency AIR EXPRESS TRAVELS AND TOURS, thank good i found your complain about it cause now i know that this is a scam!! i am from venezuela and it´s dificult for me to go to london and discover that all this was a lie!! thank you lochan!!

  • Vi
      31st of Aug, 2011
    0 Votes

    Thank you for this forum! I also got the same email! I had to contact Martin Walker from AIR EXPRESS TRAVELS AND TOURS! He had kind of a French accent, so I assume he is from Nigeria or other part of French-speaking Africa! He also mentioned sending money via Western Union for faster service! The receipient details are:

    Receiver Name: Williams Moore,
    Address: Unit 3, 61, Princelet St, London, E1 5LP

    He also called me multiple times from the phone number +44 131 208 0433.

    The ad is on LINKEDIN,

    Projecct Managment In Enginneering Department
    Total UK - Kazakhstan
    Job Description
    TOTAL GAS AND OIL, Has vacancy for reputable and qualified individuals, as we are about to embark on a project which will require expatriates in the following profession, Project management and contract administration, engineering, instrumentation, information technology and environmental/safety sciences.


    Job Purpose:

    Accomplishes project objectives by planning and evaluating project activities.


    Duties:

    •Accomplishes human resource objectives by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, assigning, scheduling, coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, appraising, and reviewing job contributions; planning and reviewing compensation actions; enforcing policies and procedures.


    •Achieves operational objectives by contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; implementing production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; resolving problems; completing audits; identifying trends; determining system improvements; implementing change.


    •Meets financial objectives by forecasting requirements; preparing an annual budget; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions.


    •Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.


    •Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.


    Skills/Qualifications:

    •Developing Budgets, Coaching, Supervision, Staffing, Project Management, Management Proficiency, Process Improvement, Tracking Budget Expenses, Self-Development, Planning, Performance Management


    JOB LOCATIONS

    - Europe

    - Africa.


    All interested candidates should reply via email with updated Resumes (CV).- Interested applicants must specify job location.- Only applicants who possess the required qualifications will be short-listed whence consequently contacted.


    METHOD OF APPLICATION

    -All Resumes should be forwarded to

    HR Department

    Recruitment Section

    Email: carreers@totaloiluk.com

    London (UK).

  • Da
      27th of Mar, 2012
    0 Votes

    I got this kind of email also...

    Dear XXXXX,

    Thanks for your interest in the Total UK Family. Please note that your
    resume has been evaluated and you have been shortlisted for Job
    interview. Please go through the attachment for important details of
    the invitation.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Regards,
    Dr. M. A. Harmond,
    TOTAL UK.
    Direct Line: 44(703) 594 6358
    Email: recruitment@carrieer-total.com

    OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES
    Total Oil and Gas
    40 Clarendon Rd, Watford
    Hertfordshire WD17 1TQ,
    United Kingdom
    27th of March 2012
    Attn: XXXXXXXXX

    LETTER OF INVITATION
    We are happy to inform you that you have been short listed for an interview with
    TOTAL Oil and Gas, London. The Entire Family wishes to invite you to our faceto-
    face interview which will take place on 27th of April 2012 at the conference
    center of TOTAL Oil and Gas Company. Details of Job Description will be found
    in other attached document.
    We look forward to seeing soon.
    Regards,
    Dr. Daniel Bouton PhD
    Head of Recruitment,
    (Member, Board of Directors, Total Oil)


    Airfex Travel Consultants and Tours,
    United Kingdom
    REQUIREMENT FOR FLIGHT BOOKING, HOTEL RESERVATION AND VISA
    PROCESSING
    1. A scanned Copy of your Travel Passport.
    2. The Nearest Airport to you.
    3. Your Contact Address.
    4. A Scanned Copy of a recent passport photograph of you (For Visa
    Application)
    5. Fill and return the Visa Application form as attached below (For Visa
    Application).
    6. Invitation Letter from Total Oil and Gas
    7. You are to send a deposit of £1, 167.34 GBP, as this covers for the cost of
    your flight, accommodation and your transportation while in London. Note that
    this is important as we will need to file your flight itinerary along with the visa
    application.
    PAYMENT METHODS
    WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
    Receiver Name: Silan Herdem (Ms),
    Address: 245 Sunset Drives Ave,
    London, EH2 2,
    United Kingdom
    This should be done immediately so we can start processing your Visa. Upon payment,
    do send a scanned copy of the deposit slip along with other document requested to me
    via this email address or fax.
    As soon as we receive this document, we will fill the online visa application form with the
    UK BOARDER AGENCY which will be used for the processing of your visa.
    Before issuing you the visa the UK embassy in your country will request that you appear
    for a face-to-face to submit hard copy of your application and your original document.
    We shall inform you on when to expect a call from them. We shall also inform you on
    documents to take along. After that, your visa to UK will be issued to you.

  • Je
      20th of Apr, 2012
    0 Votes

    All the same things happened to me also.

    By reading this complaint i survived!

    Thanks for it.

    Any details could be provided upon request by the legal departments to investigate

  • Ka
      21st of May, 2012
    0 Votes

    Hello All,

    Thank you for this post.
    I almost fell for it, but decided to check on Google on the last minute.
    I got the following e-mail myself, together with three attachments, one of them requesting me to transfer money via western union to London for the travel arrangements:

    Dear Guilherme Taveira Pinto,

    Thanks for your interest in the Total UK Family. Please note that your resume has been evaluated and you have been shortlisted for Job interview. Please go through the attachment for important details of the invitation.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Regards,
    Dr. M. A. Harmond,
    TOTAL UK.
    Direct Line: +44(703) 594 6358
    "

  • Gm
      15th of Jun, 2012
    0 Votes

    Just got the same invitation with the same names and attachments, but it all looked quite weird, so i decided to google. Thanks for your posts guys!

  • Ad
      27th of Jun, 2012
    0 Votes

    Just yesterday I have received this kind of invitation in the name of Total Oil and Gas, UK. Their so-called travelling consultat Airfex required over 1000€ at the first step. Thank you for submiting such a warning information.

  • It
      10th of Jul, 2012
    0 Votes

    Received the same invitation!
    Thanks a lot for all of you for sending such warning info!

  • Lu
      10th of Jul, 2012
    0 Votes

    Hello All,
    Now it is my time to receive the email "bomb", first of all I was so excited then looking and reading few post I realized it is fake job opportunity. Thank you all to share all this info with us.
    so..its started as: ...
    "...Dear Luis Torres,
    Thanks for your interest in the Total UK Family. Please note that your resume has been evaluated and you have been shortlisted for Job interview. Please go through the attachment for important details of the invitation.
    We look forward to seeing you soon.
    Regards,
    Engr. M. A. Harmond,
    (Human Resource Relation Officer)
    TOTAL UK.
    ..."

  • Ay
      3rd of Oct, 2012
    0 Votes

    Guys, i have received all the same documents
    "7. You are to send a deposit of £969.54 GBP, as this covers for the cost of your
    flight, accommodation and your transportation while in London. Note that this is important as
    we will need to file your flight itinerary along with the visa application.

    PAYMENT METHODS
    WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
    Receiver Name: Lola Rhodes (Ms),
    Address: 245 Sunset Drives Ave, London, EH2 2,
    United Kingdom"
    it is a total scam. first i thought it was OK, but when i received the above money transfer request, i have been suspicious as, if it is for hotel, and travel epenses, this you can manage by your own, also visa issuance over seas requires your presence without any other party's help. i did google the travel agency name, and i found you, and all this content. thank you all. i travel alot, so i know how to make all required travel arrangements. those naive scammers, should be penalized for this illegal acts.

  • Gf
      14th of Oct, 2012
    0 Votes

    Guys, thank you for your notifications.
    Today morning I have received the same from recruitment@carrieer-total.com with a couple of "official" attachments which look very attractive:

    Dear XXXXXX XXXXXXX,

    Thanks for your interest in the Total UK Family. Please note that your resume has been evaluated and you have been shortlisted for Job interview. Please go through the attachment for important details of the invitation.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Regards,
    Engr. M. A. Harmond,
    (Human Resource Relation Officer)
    TOTAL UK.

  • Ke
      21st of Oct, 2012
    0 Votes

    Thank you all!!! I received the same. This time through a Linkedin ad. I filled everything but just before sending, I though that Western Union was not a usual way of requesting money for a corporate/serious company. So, just asked google and hit this page... Thank you so much!!!

    mail from: "Recruitment Department"
    Dear XXXX,

    Thanks for your interest in the Total UK Family. Please note that your resume has been evaluated and you have been shortlisted for Job interview. Please go through the attachment for important details of the invitation.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Regards,
    Engr. M. A. Harmond,
    (Human Resource Relation Officer)
    TOTAL UK.

  • To
      10th of Nov, 2012
    0 Votes

    similar one received yesterday!
    Dear xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,

    Thanks for your interest in the Total UK Family. Please note that your resume has been evaluated and you have been shortlisted for Job interview. Please go through the attachment for important details of the invitation.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Regards,
    Dr. M. A. Harmond,
    TOTAL UK.
    *************************************************************************************************************************
    This is to inform you that after proper review of your resume on your job search with
    TOTAL Oil and Gas, our screening and recruiting board has found you eligible for this
    vacant position and as such have by this letter invited you for a Face-to-face interview in
    order to satisfy our conscience before issuing an appointment Letter.
    Please find some useful information that will help you in preparation of the interview;
    Batch No: 676/TOTAL/17/11/LDN
    Date of Interview: Friday, 30th November 2012
    Time of Interview: 09.25AM (GMT)
    Venue of Interview: Conference Hall of Total Oil and Gas, London.
    40, Clarendon Rd, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 1TQ,
    United Kingdom
    Please note that our official travelling Consultant will be handling your travel needs. You
    will need to contact them as soon as possible so that they can start processing your
    Accommodation and Air-Fare Ticket and other immigration documents such as your visa
    if needed. Please note that you will be responsible for your travel expenses and
    it will be made through our travel agency.Note that all travel expenses shall be
    refunded to you by TOTAL OIL UK, on arrival. It is a measure to affirm your
    availability for the interview.
    You are to contact the travel consultant immediately with these details below:
    Emperor Travel Consultants and Tours
    Visa And Reservation Department
    Contact Person: Mr Michael Atkinson
    57 Stroud Green Road Finsbury Park,
    London, United Kingdom
    Phone 1: + (44)793-704-3802
    Phone 2 + (44)704-576-3586
    Email 1: info.travels@emperotravels.com
    Please note that a confirmation should be sent via email informing of us of your contact
    with the Travel consultant and your availability for the interview as stated at the above
    date.
    We look forward to seeing you in London soon.
    Best Regards,
    TOTAL OIL, UK.
    *****************************************************************************************************************************************************
    very professional con artists !!! I am wondering what the hell TOTAL is doing??!!! there is an Ad on linked in on name of TOTAL collecting CVs and cheating people, stealing their money!!! what the hell is police doing???!!

  • Kc
      13th of Dec, 2012
    0 Votes

    Dear All,

    Yesterday I got the same mail like the latest one posted here. Then I googled about Dr.M.A.Harmond. I came across here. I did not want anyone to get laid. So I called London PD and reported that crime with all evidences. So I feel confident know, because the scamers will be arrested and stay in jail. Screw them. I hope you will success what you dream in the future.

    Regards

    KC

  • Sk
      17th of Dec, 2012
    0 Votes

    Hi guys,
    I have got the same letter as in the message dated 10th of Nov, 2012 by TOTALScamLINKEDIN. Except I've been invited for the interview on Jan 11 and of course have to pay via Western Union 1900 pound. This was too suspicious and I decided to google everything and found your comments. Thanks a lot!

    Regards,
    SK

  • Au
      3rd of Jan, 2013
    0 Votes

    HI Folks,
    I Just received this job' scam and I was so excited. Worried, I started in LinkedIn to identify the names mentioned and I couldn't find one of them. Also, the attachments were not well formatted for a big company and that where in my mind I realized that it might be a scam. I have googled the email address and I found your comments
    Thank you guy for your Complaints.

    Regards,

    ABB

  • Ja
      4th of Apr, 2013
    0 Votes

    dear all, same for me this week! I just started to wonder when they asked an upfront pre-payment of 810.87 GBP...

    Here is what I received from so called Total

    Dear Applicant,

    Thanks for your interest in the Total UK Family, please note that your
    resume has been evaluated and you have been shortlisted for Job
    interview. Please go through the attachment for important details of
    the invitation.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Regards,
    Engr. Stacy Lloyd (Mrs),
    (Human Resource Relation Officer)
    TOTAL UK


    And what I received from so called travel agency


    We acknowledge the receipt of your mail and we congratulate you on your new appointment with Total Oil and gas Company which comes up at the Conference Center of Total Oil and Gas.

    Prior to your just received email, please note that we have also received a confirmation email from Total as regarding your appointment with them and have been given the go ahead to proceed with your travel arrangement.

    We shall proceed with getting your flight and hotel confirmation respectively. We will also be making arrangement for your pick-up from Heathrow airport to your Hotel and vice versa, and from your hotel to interview venue and vice versa.

    In order to proceed, please download the attached document, fill the applicable, scan and send back to me as soon as possible to enable us proceed with your travel arrangement.

    And also note that all travel expenses will be refunded to you on arrival to London by the HR and account department of TOTAL Holdings UK Limited

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Regards,

    Mr. Andrew Martinez
    Visa Processing and Booking Department
    Fast Emperor Travels Consultant, United Kingdom
    Phone: +447012995659,
    Email: Andrew.Martinez@emperotravels.com

  • Na
      12th of Apr, 2013
    0 Votes

    Its really disgusting how these people try to dupe innocent people. They should be really ashamed of themselves. Received a similar mail from them. Was one step away from getting convinced by they asked me 710 pounds which was way too much from my travel. Thankfully googled the travel agency and came across this website. This is the mail they sent me...:-

    We acknowledge the receipt of your mail and we congratulate you on your new appointment with Total Oil and gas Company which comes up at the Conference Center of Total Oil and Gas.

    Prior to your just received email, please note that we have also received a confirmation email from Total as regarding your appointment with them and have been given the go ahead to proceed with your travel arrangement.

    We shall proceed with getting your transportation details and hotel confirmation respectively.

    In order to proceed, please send the below document to me as soon as possible to enable us proceed with your travel arrangement.

    REQUIREMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION BOOKING AND HOTEL RESERVATION

    1. A scanned Copy of your Travel Passport.

    2. Your Contact Address.

    3. Invitation Letter from Total Oil and Gas

    4. You are to send a deposit of £710.87 GBP(note that this is a fixed deposit and cannot be deducted) as this covers for the cost of your accommodation and your transportation during the interview period.

    PAYMENT METHODS
    On your next contact, we shall provide you with our payment information.

    And also note that all travel expenses will be refunded to you on arrival to London by the HR and account department of TOTAL Holdings UK Limited

    Regards,
    Visa Processing and Booking Department
    Fast Emperor Travels Consultant,
    United Kingdom

    Mr. Andrew Martinez
    Visa Processing and Booking Department
    Fast Emperor Travels Consultant, United Kingdom
    Phone: +447012995659,
    Email: Andrew.Martinez@emperotravels.com

  • Hm
      24th of Apr, 2013
    0 Votes

    Hi Everyone,

    I am from Turkey and they did me the same. Our guys are again Stacy Lloyd from TOTAL and Mr. Andrew Martinez from Fast Emperor Travels Consultant.

    I was first suspected when they asked for prepayment. Anyway I wrote them and said it is very hard for me to issue a VISA in such short time. Their answer was interesting "we will take care of it, don't worry!".

    Still I continued, applied for a new passport. Today I had my passport and checked their mails. I was really very uncomfortable with the process. I googled Emperor Travels Consultant. Nothing!

    After a deeper search I am here now! Thanks a lot my friends. I will inform Total Turkey about the situation. Total somehow should take care of it.

    Anyway, it is unhappy to think how much they have earned from this business.

    H.

  • Se
      13th of Jun, 2013
    0 Votes

    Hi, I am from Russia
    got same mail from Total today signed by Dr. Philippe Webb PhD.
    I thought - how such a big company invites people from other countries for interview to London based just on a CV.
    Means - they have so many projects which they are ready to give to recently hired people.
    And proposing such a "sweet" job as a project manager. Not requesting any other confirmations of projects completed etc.
    Their travel consultant's web site www.fasttravelconsultant.com also look quite suspicious - rather simple web design.
    So I think - better not to go to farther contacts with them

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