NYK Group Europe has warned seafarers across the globe of a bogus 'large-scale maritime officer's recruitment campaign', that asks maritime jobseekers to hand over passports, documents and money in order to help them find employment.
The fraudsters are said to be posing as NYK Group Europe. The company has reported the scam to the authorities and issued the following warning on its website.
'We would like to bring to the attention of all concerned that this is a bogus campaign. None of the NYK Group Companies have arranged any such campaign and we, NYK Group Europe Ltd do not recruit seafarers directly and as such we are NOT involved in such bogus recruitment campaign in any way.
'Seafarers are recruited regularly by our NYK Ship Management Company (based in Singapore), as and when required, and we do NOT conduct any such large-scale seafarer's recruitment campaign as we develop, groom and train most of our seafarers from our own in-house Cadet program.
'Seafarers who are interested to work on NYKSM managed vessels may contact us directly through the contacts as mentioned on the NYK Ship Management website.'