Crewell, a popular resource on job hunting among seafarers, warns of fraudsters acting under its name. The Crewell reps posted in social media the information concerning a man, introducing himself as a OOO Crewell agent, who offered the brokerage services in job searching for $500 reward.
According to company, a fraudster represents himself as Sergei Frolov and makes the calls using a following telephone number +79969138941. He advises to sign a job searching agreement and pays to the “assistant” $500 as a fee. Crewell assures that it has nothing to do with this man and calling to be vigilance. “The fraud actions can be made on behalf of any major and goodwill company. Please, before sending the documents or even pass money for employment services, search a company profile and directly come into contact with it.”
A pattern for employment service agreement on behalf of allegedly OOO Crewell can be found in Internet. Dmitry Ivanov, a lawyer at the Baltic Territorial Organization of Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR BTO), has examined the document and concluded that it was a useless piece of paper, confirmed by many law bloopers.
So, the document starts with a phrase (sic): “OOO Crewell, hereinafter referred to as “AGENCY”, acting under the Charter, MIA License No. 1820160123 and the Certificate of Compliance No. 0502607 issued by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, of one part, and a citizen to pay $500 as a fee for a ship employment after concluding and signing the agreement between a seafarer and an employer, in case of unreasonable seafarer's deny, the employer may pass the agreement into court and exact a payment unreasonably.”
“Only this sentence at the contract beginning should be alerting for every sensible person,” Dmitry Ivanov explains. “I don't want even to put an emphasis on the absolutely illiterate phrase containing, as you can see, several mistakes. But it does not contain any information about contract participants. The parties should be named in a contract. Every lawful service agreement starts with it.”
A seafarer, searching for a job through the agency, should worry about another sentence in the Agency Liabilities section of the agreement. For example, “To familiarize a SEAFARER with the collective labour agreement, covering a ship...”.
“The phrase “the agreement, covering a ship” uses in a conversational speech. The such term doesn't exist and its usage in a official document isn't appropriate.” - the SUR BTO's lawyer draws the seafarers' attention to this detail.
An unclear sentence presents in an Amending and Termination section. According to it, “the AGREEMENT terminates in case of immoralities and bad habits.”
“It isn't clear what the fail representative does mean, ” Ivanov continues. “What kind of immoralities and bad habits? Everyone is able to interpret such vague words in his/her own ways based on the personal experience, views, education or lifestyle. Dispute settlement is an evidence uncovering amateur-made document. Under this section, the agency proposes to settle disputes in an Arbitration Court.
“For information, Arbitration deals with disputes between legal entities. The parties of above mentioned agreement are legal entity and individual. And reference to arbitration settlement is a foolish thing.
”Usually a lawful and correct document has a name, payment details, address and telephone number of a legal entity and a name, passport data and telephone number of individual. But it is a cherry on the top. There are no the above listed details in the agreement, which Sergei, self-described as an affiliated company, advises to sign. Moreover, he doesn't show his surname.
Such details and sometimes the worst mistakes should fuel concerns if someone sells a job hunting agreement. Usually people, who are unrelated with shipping or law, make such things, but a man of education and interest has little difficulty to catch it out.
Besides, the same cases are common in a ship employment. Different means are being used: emails, phone calls and social media. With employment assistance, the fraudsters can offer the commercial advanced training courses and document restoration. Besides, under requirements to pay visa costs and travel to shipboard, they can hide the money extortion.
The problem has an international nature. For example, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has warned seafarers of the fraud emails. The letters had been sending on behalf of major cruise companies such as Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line. The criminals promised seafarers to provide employment on ships.
The Seafarers' Union of Russia reminds that the Maritime Labour Convention has announced the employment fees for seafarers are out of law since 2006. Remember that any offer of assistance in a seafarer's employment on a paying basis is a crime.