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Marriott Issues Statement on Recruiting Scam

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | June 23, 2016

Marriott Issues Statement on Recruiting Scam

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Marriott International issued a statement Wednesday regarding an ongoing recruiting scam the company recently learned about.

"We have been made aware of a series of fraudulent offers, or scams, for Marriott employment," the Bethesda, Maryland-based company said. 

"The scammers falsely claim to be representatives of Marriott recruiting potential employees on behalf of Marriott. They’ve been known to offer assistance in securing work permits and visas in exchange for money."

Marriott said that the scams often advertise false job openings through the Internet or even local newspapers in some cases.

The fake ads will request applicants to send their application, resume or CV to an illegitimate email address or fax number. The scammer will then ask that applicants wire money to a bank account to cover the processing and or immigration fees.

Marriott added that the process should raise several red flags.

"Marriott managed hotels do not accept job applications via email or fax and we never ask for money as part of the application process," the company confirmed in its statement. "If you have a question about a specific job opportunity you can contact the Marriott location directly and ask to speak to the Human Resources department."

This week's warning comes two months after Marriott issued a similar statement alerting travelers to a telephone scam in which the "caller offers a complimentary stay at a Marriott hotel to entice the person taking the call to listen to a sales pitch unrelated to Marriott."

Much like the recruiting scam, travelers should be wary of contests they never entered and be careful about passing along their personal information over the phone or through email.


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