There have been a few recent attempts by a scammer to get yacht crew job seekers to send money to Ghana. We personally look at every new user who signs up for this site, but occasionally one gets through before we can stop them (we delete those users when we find them). Sometimes the scammer bypasses the site completely and sends direct emails to people who have posted their email publicly.
If anyone on the site asks you for money for any reason, including application fees, "refunds," "legal fees", visa fees, travel fees, or other reasons, please report it immediately and we'll verify if it's a legitimate offer.
Especially beware of requests for money to be sent to West Africa, including Ghana, or of visa and travel fees to be sent to the UK.
No legitimate company or person will ever ask you to transfer money by Western Union.
No legitimate company or person will hire random people off the Internet without interviewing them -- if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
A tip to keep in mind is that if any potential employer asks you for money up front or a "refund" of any kind, do not send the money. It is definitely a scam. This kind of scam is very common on membership sites like job websites, forums, and classified ad websites.
If you ever get contacted about a crew position that you're unsure of, even if it's on another crewing website, feel free to send me a message I'll personally look into it for you to see if it's legitimate.
If the email comes from an official sounding domain like "@consultant.com" it may be a scammer using free email service. The following free email addresses are frequently used by scammers:
The above free email addresses are often sign of a scam.
Please also take the time to read through these yacht crew scam examples.
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