On May 27 I saw an Ad by Total on Linkedin for a job as Project Manager in the UAE and applied, receiving a confirmation from Linkedin:
We have received your application for:
United Arab Emirates
Posted by: Leuterhs
On June 11 I received this email, allegedly from Total:
A gorlando01 Giu 11
Attn: Giovanni Orlando,
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 attachments for important details of the invitation.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Engr. Daniel McBrynt
(Human Resource Relation Officer)
- JOB SPECIFICATION AND DESCRIPTION-1.pdf
- Letter of Invitation .pdf
- TOTAL Holdings UK Limited.pdf
The attachments specified I had to pay £999.81 for the travel / logistics cost as a "proof of committment", this amount would then be reimbursed to me upon arrival. There was also the information that I had to use their nominated Travel Agency:
Mr. Thomas Cuthbert,
(Visa Processing, Immigration and Booking Department)
Crystal Travels Consultancy and Tours
Colliers Green, Cranbrook
Kent, TN17 2LS
This Travel Agency contacted me on June 15 and asked me to pay in order to make the logistic arrangements.
I think Linkedin and Total should be more active / diligent in protecting potential job seekers from frauds like this which, as I discover now, are active since long time.