Bogus Oil Spill Jobs

As with any disaster there are immediately people who are capitalizing on the Gulf Oil Spill. Bogus ads for oil spill clean-up jobs in the Gulf are appearing in newspapers, online, and in email inboxes. Many of these scammers claim they have jobs waiting for you once you pay them for training or certifications.  Others require you to pay a fee to “apply” for positions.  Some are using emails that appear to be from BP or they falsely claim they’ve been authorized by BP to hire clean-up crews.

The typical red flags for scams apply here:

  • Guaranteed jobs – no company makes guarantees about placing someone in a job
  • Up front payment – legitimate companies don’t ask for training expenses in advance
  • Vague offers – we have “thousands of jobs” and “get hired today” and “$40 an hour” are come-ons
  • Your financial information is required – no real employer asks for your bank information to hire you.

Here are some helpful sites for legitimate information about possible jobs:

  1. Deepwater Horizon Response
  2. BP
  3. Alabama — Environmental Cleanup
  4. Florida — Florida Attorney General
  5. Louisiana – the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office
  6. Mississippi Mississippi Department of Employment Security

The kind of people who would take advantage of a disaster and the vulnerability of people desperately needing jobs defies description.  There are far too many real ideas available for making money to have to resort to scamming good people.  I have to assume these leeches are lacking intelligence, morals, ethics and creative thinking.  Avoid them.

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4 Responses to “Bogus Oil Spill Jobs”

  1. Financial bondage Says:

    Name any type of disaster and scammers are waiting in the wings. I hope that God has something special in store for the people that scam others out of their hard earned money.

  2. Josh Says:


    Luckily I life in the Midwest. I hope I can tell it is a scam it they are claiming oil clean up jobs are here in MO.

    An interesting thought: when will the cost of a college education compared to the return be so high that we feel we are bing scammed?

    Josh Bulloc
    Kansas City, MO

  3. Joanne Miller Says:

    Great article, Dan. People need to be aware of scams like this although in this day and age it seems everyone should know not to give out personal information to anyone……..especially over the Internet. However, we see some pretty regrettable things happen when people are struggling and can’t pay the rent. Glad you are keeping people abreast of what is going on out there in the real world!

  4. Thankful Says:

    Thanks for calling attention to this, the legitimate sites, and the oil spill disaster. Thanks for all your great info and ideas, Dan!

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