Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority,AMSA, is urging people to beware of a global scam offering overseas residents a Maritime Security Identification Card MSIC and Australian visas to gain jobs with cruise companies. Scammers are targeting people in several countries with emails offering job opportunities with cruise lines operating in Australia and a relevant visa.
AMSA became aware of the email scam in October last year and a number of people have reported being targeted by the scam or have been scammed. The email scam offers job opportunities with bogus cruise lines, including Silver Cruise and Princess Line Australia, operating in Australia and a relevant visa on the completion of paperwork of the inaccurately named “Australia Maritime Security Identification Card” (AMSIC).
Ship Safety Division General Manager Allan Schwartz said the form sent to those responding to the email was fraudulent but has fooled some with a reasonably sophisticated look.
“The form has AMSA’s logo and name at the top and requests a payment, along with scans of passport and identity cards to apply for the identification card,” Schwartz says.