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Yacht Jobs SCAM? Acqua Guide Hotel in Maryland -- or Nigeria?

SCAM WARNING: Beware of job offers from "acquaguidehotel.com". The supposed address is Acqua Guide Hotel, 6 Dock St Annapolis, MD 21401, USA.

That is the address of the Annapolis Yacht Company, not a hotel.

The website says "Beware of SCAM, e-mails apart from the recommended should be ignored ( recruitment@acquaguidehotel.com, recruitments@acquaguidehotel.com)" but that is part of the scam.

A quick search of who owns the website shows that the owner is located in Nigeria to a Olayemi Balogun:

Registration Service Provided By: UTIWARE WEB HOSTING
Contact: +234.8035853541
Website: http://www.utiware.net [Nigerian hosting company]

Domain Name: ACQUAGUIDEHOTEL.COM

Registrant:
Boon International Company
olayemi balogun (talk2balon@yahoo.com)
NOTE: this is a scam
2,allen rd off clegg st
surulere
Lagos,234
NG [Nigeria]
Tel. +234.08028855951

Creation Date: 13-Jul-2011
Expiration Date: 13-Jul-2012

Domain servers in listed order:
ns3.utiware.net
ns5.utiware.net

Administrative Contact:
Boon International Company
olayemi balogun (talk2balon@yahoo.com)
NOTE: this is a scam
2,allen rd off clegg st
surulere
Lagos,234
NG
Tel. +234.08028855951

Technical Contact:
Boon International Company
olayemi balogun (talk2balon@yahoo.com)
NOTE: this is a scam
2,allen rd off clegg st
surulere
Lagos,234
NG
Tel. +234.08028855951

Billing Contact:
Boon International Company
olayemi balogun (talk2balon@yahoo.com)
NOTE: this is a scam
2,allen rd off clegg st
surulere
Lagos,234
NG
Tel. +234.08028855951

The attached screenshot shows that the website is written in the same style as many of the yacht job scam emails that have been sent through various websites (usually not this one, since I delete the accounts as soon as they are created).

There is a photo of the owner of the website here.

These job offers from "Acqua Guide Hotel" are a scam.

Notice how the text on the website was copied off of another site.

Acquaguidehotel.com is the scam site:

Our pleasure is to give the best personalized service to those who need to enjoy a few days or more to the gorgeous blue sees of USA. Experiences like fishing, water skiing, diving, sailing, night entertain are waiting for you to explore and to those who need is to enjoy calm relaxed days and nights, the never ending blue, the full moon nights and the full star sky are there too.

Here is where the text was copied from -- an unrelated Greek site that appears to be a legitimate business:

Our pleasure is to give the best personalized service to those who need to enjoy a few days or more to the gorgeous blue sees of Greece. Experiences like fishing, water skiing, diving, sailing, night entertain are waiting for you to explore and to those who need is to enjoy calm relaxed days and nights, the never ending blue, the full moon nights and the full star sky are there too.

See also:
Avoid Yacht Job Scams
Yacht crew scam examples.

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boatcrew's picture

Re: Yacht Jobs SCAM? Acqua Guide Hotel in Maryland -- or ...

This is part of the same scam:

[NOTE: this is a scam]
From: recruitment@acquaguidehotel.com
Date: ****************
Subject: UPDATE ON YOUR FLIGHT TICKET
To: *************

Dear ************,

[NOTE: this is a scam]
We have received your signed appointment letter .We have recorded the
document to your application file number of *************.So
therefore to proceed further , attached to this mail is your Invitation
Letter. We were at the Airport today to make arrangement for the booking of
your flight ticket, but they did not allow us because they were requesting
for your Valid U.S Visa Number (Traveling Document) and also the nearest
airport name close to your location. so therefore you are require to
forward a copy of the invitation and Appointment Letter to the U.S Embassy
for the processing of your traveling document. This is very important
because without the document , they will not allow you to pass the boarder
and gain entry to work and live in United States Of America. Remember that
we are offering you a contract of 2 years , so remember to inform them as
well. Follow our instruction carefully and we assure you that they will
grant you your Traveling Document.

Below is the details of Immigration Office .

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IMMIGRATION SERVICES
[NOTE: this is a scam]
E-Mail: usa_immigration@consultant.com
Contact Person: MR. ROBERT MICHAEL
Designation: HEAD OF VISA/PERMITS OPERATIONS.

[NOTE: this is a scam]
Kindly contact the above office via email ( usa_immigration@consultant.com)
and let them know that you've been offered a job from Capt John
Moses.Kindly explain to them that should assist you in processing your
Traveling Document (USA Visa) and make sure you do this as soon as you
receive this mail so that it will be done before end of this week in order
for you to depart and arrive here as soon as you have the complete
traveling document deliver to you.Update us with the process between you
and the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA EMBASSY so that we can also follow along
as to the date your traveling document will be ready so that we can book
for your flight ticket and please don't forget to provide us with the
nearest airport name close to your location.
[NOTE: this is a scam]

Congratulations on your success.
Regards
Capt John Moses

NOTE: the message above is from a scam email.



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