Phillips 66 employment scam warning
SCAM ATTACK: Phillips 66's branding is being used in a bid to dupe people interested in a career with the oil refining giant.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Feb 2017
ONE of the South Bank’s biggest employers is warning about a job offer scam it has been embroiled in.
Phillips 66, the US giant behind Humber Refinery at South Killingholme – where more than 700 people are directly employed, and hundreds more work as contractors – has alerted the public to the issue.
Would-be oil refinery employees have been asked to provide application fees.
In a statement, the company said: “These fraudulent communications have been sent to individuals through various channels and are typically distributed via email, social media or by phone solicitation in which individuals are encouraged to provide personal or financial information.
“This could cause harm or place individuals’ private information and identity at risk of disclosure or misuse.”
Phillips 66's name and logo has been used in the elaborate phishing hoax, which looks to capitalise on the fact the company is regarded as a top employer.
GENUINE ARTICLES: Recent recruits at Humber Refinery, after a successful campaign.
Front row, from left: Dan Jones, Craig Reeder, Josh Bratley, Stuart Sibley, Andy Benefer, Joe Beedham. Back row: Ryan Dolby, Carl Mason, Adam Bunce, Oli Newton, Douglas Brighton, Nathan Usher, Luke Martin, Dominic Webber
It enjoys phenomenal responses to recruitment campaigns, often completed in conjunction with the Grimsby Telegraph, Scunthorpe Telegraph and Hull Daily Mail. More than 11,000 applications were recently received in a Humber-wide campaign for 14 trainee process operators who have just been appointed.
It has underlined that it will “never request fees as part of an offer of employment” and advised that emails will never be sent from the likes of Hotmail, Yahoo, or Gmail.
The statement continued: “Email communications from our company will never request sensitive financial or personal information such as social security number, passport information, date of birth, credit card numbers, banking information, etc.”
The scam appears to be concentrated on those from the Far East who may need visas in order to work, but the alert is being communicated globally.
Anyone suspicious of communication received regarding employment with Phillips 66 is advised to email firstname.lastname@example.org.