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Bogus Employment Offers - Updated 18/1/2010 18 January 2010

Bogus Offers of Employment

All Season Hotel / All Seasons Hotel

Mr. David Anderson

Mrs. Lizzie G Rayburn

George G Rayburn

(Updated 12th January 2010 and 18th January 2010)

The Commission has recently become aware of correspondence received by members of the public purporting to have been sent by a Mr David Anderson (HR Manager) and a Mrs Lizzie G Rayburn (Secretary General) (whose signature within the correspondence seen by the Commission appears to read George G. Rayburn) falsely claiming to represent the All Seasons Hotel / All Season Hotel of 11, Clifton Terrace, Broadway, Douglas, IM2 3HX, Isle of Man.

Within the correspondence it is claimed that the All Season Hotel /All Seasons Hotel has conducted “recent screening processes” by its “screening department” and that “the Board of Directors of this company is pleased to offer you an initial position”. It then sets out details of the purported position being offered.

There is a genuine All Seasons Hotel at 11 Clifton Terrace, Broadway, Douglas, Isle of Man IM2 3HX. The genuine All Seasons Hotel is a family run hotel. It does not have a “screening department”, is not run by a company and does not have a Board of Directors. Enquiries undertaken by the Commission have established categorically that neither the genuine All Seasons Hotel, nor anyone genuinely associated with it, has issued the aforementioned correspondence, has been associated with the issue of the aforementioned correspondence nor has any prior knowledge whatsoever of the issue of the aforementioned correspondence. None of the individuals purportedly issuing the aforesaid correspondence are in any way associated or known to the genuine All Seasons Hotel and they do not have any authority whatsoever to make offers of employment on its behalf. The offers of employment with the All Seasons Hotel purportedly made within the aforementioned correspondence are not genuine.

The correspondence seen by the Commission also contains references to “Chan Law LLC Advocate and Solicitor” of Bridge House, Bridge Street, Castletown, Isle of Man who it claims should be contacted to secure the recipients “police clearance from the Isle of Man Constabulary”.

There is a genuine Chan Law LLC at Bridge House, Bridge Street, Castletown, Isle of Man. The genuine Chan Law LLC is a firm of English Solicitors whose members are registered as Legal Practitioners on the Isle of Man. Enquiries undertaken by the Commission have established that the genuine Chan Law LLC is not in any way connected with the aforementioned correspondence and has no connection or association with those issuing or purporting to issue it. The genuine Chan Law LLC are not able to secure any kind of purported “police clearance from the Isle of Man Constabulary” in the context that it is mentioned within the aforementioned correspondence. The purported email addresses and telephone number quoted for Chan Law LLC within the aforementioned correspondence are not genuinely associated or connected with that firm.

Some of those in receipt of the aforementioned correspondence have been sent a purported “Isle of Man Constabulary, Police Constabulary Clearance Application Form”. The purported form has not genuinely been issued by the Isle of Man Constabulary. The Commission has been unable to identify any genuine document known as an “Isle of Man police clearance document”.

Under the circumstances the Financial Supervision Commission feels that this correspondence is being issued to tempt the recipient into becoming the victim of an Advance Fee Fraud – see explanatory notice issued by the Commission at:

http://www.fsc.gov.im/ViewNews.gov?menuid=10222&page=lib/news/fsc/westafricanfraud.xml

OR Is an attempt at gaining personal data from the recipient in order to steal their identity – see explanatory notice issued by the Commission at:

http://www.fsc.gov.im/ViewNews.gov?menuid=10222&page=lib/news/fsc/identitytheft.xml

Also see information issued by the Isle of Man Office of the Data Protection Supervisor at:

http://www.gov.im/lib/news/odps/yourinformationy.xml

Under the circumstances the Commission would encourage people receiving correspondence matching the above description to refrain from responding to it in any way.

Any persons who are already involved in any dealings resulting from the aforementioned correspondence and who have concerns should contact the Enforcement Division on +44 1624 689313 or by email to fsc@gov.im.

Any persons who have paid out funds in relation to the aforementioned correspondence or who have provided personal financial details in relation to the aforementioned correspondence should consider contacting their local police fraud unit without delay.

Update 12th January 2010

Many recipients of the aforementioned bogus correspondence are reported to be telephoning the genuine All Seasons Hotel, on its publicly advertised booking number of 0871 8550603, which is having an adverse impact upon its ability to deal with genuine business. Recipients of correspondence matching the above description are kindly requested to heed the contents of this Public Notice and to refrain from calling the genuine hotel.

Updated 18th January 2010

Recent correspondence seen by the Commission also contains references to:

Bridson Halsall Advocates
20 Atholl Street
IM1 1JA
Email: bhalsalladv@gmail.com
Contact numbers: +44 70111 50903
+44 70111 50890

who, it is claimed within the correspondence, should be contacted to secure the recipients “Isle of Man police clearance document”.

There is a genuine Bridson Halsall Advocates at 20 Athol Street, Douglas, Isle of Man (not Atholl Street). The genuine Bridson Halsall Advocates is a firm of Manx Advocates. Enquiries undertaken by the Commission have established that the genuine Bridson Halsall Advocates is not in any way connected with the aforementioned correspondence and has no connection or association with those issuing or purporting to issue it. The genuine Bridson Halsall Advocates are not able to secure any kind of purported “Isle of Man police clearance document” in the context in which that is mentioned within the aforementioned correspondence. The above quoted email address and contact numbers stated for Bridson Halsall Advocates within the aforementioned correspondence are not genuinely associated or connected with that firm. The contact numbers quoted are not Isle of Man telephone numbers.

FSC reference: JPM/4B/2009
29th October 2009
Updated 12th January 2010
Updated 18th January 2010

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