Ever since the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20, 2010 the thieves marketplace opened the doors to oil spill fraud. Thieves have been preparing oil spill employment fraud for a couple of suckers willing to apply, for a fee. Much expected, fraud goes hand in hand with disaster.
Deepwater Horizon and BP shares of fake BP employees scouting for oil spill workers. Hurricane Katrina gave life to the National Center for Disaster Fraud, the very fraud busting help-line that resurfaces in assisting the Gulf of Mexico oil spill scams. The FBI offers various signs to be aware of to avoid Gulf oil spill fraud.
Watch and monitor oil spill e-mails from unfamiliar individuals. Be careful of oil spill and Deepwater Horizon rig explosion photo attachments since they can lead to viruses. Do not give money to anyone seeking “cash only” oil spill donations. Report anyone claiming to offer suspicious oil spill insurance. And, yes, contact authorities if someone offers you a “legit” job as the next BP employee, with training attached to a fee.
For a complete list of fraud cautions visit the FBI. Call (866) 720-5721.
When phoning the FBI’s NCDF they were more than willing to offer assistance in oil spill fraud claims. According to Heather, NCDF manager, since Hurricane Katrina and the other 20 to 25 disasters that followed, the NCDF has remained busy with calls concerning natural and man-made disaster fraud claims. Flexible with questions, on a 24/7 basis, the NCDF only deals in fraud claims and suggests any calls not related to fraud be directed to the appropriate authorities in connection to that situation. However, they will more than happily assist should you not know who to contact.
Okay, with hurricane season knocking on the door as the Deepwater Horizon harbors scams what do you think comes next? A little hurricane oil spill insurance or hurricane oil spill clean up employment? Research the suggestion and you may come up empty handed, as of now. But live in the Gulf region in one month and anything is possible as long as there are rocks for the fraudulent element to crawl out from.
As BP collects the “flotel” to send the 500 plus oil spill workers to their destination for the long clean up haul, BP seemingly has more than enough hands on deck at the moment when it comes to hired help. However, if you truly want to be a part of the BP operation, they just may have another spot available in this wide scale effort in oil spill clean up, even for volunteers. Contact (866) 448-5816.
Remember that when someone walks up to you and asks “hey, you want to train to work for BP in cleaning up all that mess, for a fee” say no then contact authorities if you notice any indications of valid fraud. Meaning, just because someone offers a line it merely is a question – only when they cast their bait then you know something’s fishy.
Source(s): “Oil Spill”, Deepwater Horizon Response; “Fraud”, FBI; HLN; Self-Source (accessed June 1, 2010)