offender demanded this amount as a payment for handling documents required for
the seafarer to be sent to sea. After the seafarer remitted the money, nobody
ever contacted him.
28-year-old seafarer from Ivanovo region came across online recruitment
advertisementin Kaliningrad. He
contacted an agentand paid him the
required amount. Then he arrived to the city and had been waiting for a week
before realized he was the victim of a scammer. After that he went to the
Investigation Officers were able to identify the suspect. He was a 34-year-old
resident of Kaliningrad, previously convicted of fraud.A criminal case was initiated into the crime.
The scammerfaces up to 5 years in
Seafarer’sUnion of Russia (SUR)
regularly addresses the issue of employment fraud. In the sixth issue of the
“Maritime Unions Herald”, we described in detail how to recognize the
false-crewing. The SUR remindsthat
theMaritime Labor Convention 2006
setsprohibition on charging fees or
imposing other charges for seafarer recruitment, placement or employment
on-board vessels except for the costs associated with obtaining a medical
certificate, national seaman's book, passport or other personal travel
documents. The expenses related to visas receivingalso fall on the shipowner. If you are asked
for money for job placement assistance, you deal with scammers.