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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cruise Employment Scams

Employment scams tend to have the following features:
Jobs are advertised on free websites. Scammers don't like to pay to advertise jobs that don't exist.
Scammers send emails from free email accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, ZZN, Hotmail, etc.
All correspodence from scammers is in poor English and very unprofessional (e.g. saying "God bless you" at the end, etc.)
Be extremely careful when dealin...g with someone pretending to be a recruiter from Ghana or Malaysia. There are known scam schemes operating from these countries. They change thier names on weekly basis.
Some scammers claim to have branches or headquarters in the "Western World", e.g. in the USA, Canada, or United Kingdom. However, addresses and telephone numbers they provide do not exist.
Most cruise ship job scammers don't charge admin fees. You get a job offer for free. You just need to pay for visa, lawyer fees, etc. Don't pay, the job offer is fake, you'll lose your money.
Remember, sending money via MoneyGram or Western Union isn't safe. Savings of too many good people ended up in fraudsters' pockets.
Getting a job on a cruise ship is a very difficult and lengthy process. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely isn't true!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

St. Kitts

 With over 200 heritage sites documented on St. Kitts alone, at just 68 square miles, is more than anywhere else in the world. 
The key stop for me today was my 101 UNESCO World Heritage Site (re-visited 2 decades later and this time shot with digital camera) the imposing Brimstone Hill Fortress rising almost 800 feet above the sea and known as the “Gibraltar of the West Indies”.
Our Kittitian Taxi driver took us today around the island on a fun journey.