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Beware of Fraudulent Job Offer on Internet

The Information Age, also commonly known as the Computer Age or Information Era has evolved the birth of internet and technologies. The internet makes the world smaller-- just a mouse click away, presto, it brings people get connected and have an easy access to information across the world overcoming geographical barrier. Almost every transaction is being performed over the internet from shopping, buying plane tickets, credit card inquiry to just simple searching. Through this medium, it’s the center of attention for businesses, government and individuals around the world. It truly revolutionized our lives and that’s the power of internet.

But despite the wonders that the internet can offer, it is sometimes being used by unscrupulous individuals to engage on illegal activities to convene with their own financial gain and satisfy their greediness.

Take the case of my personal experience happened just recently. I can’t let the day passed and be mum and doing nothing about it because it is my social responsibility to warn and protect the internet users from the crooked doings of this online scammer. I would also like to share and disseminate information regarding my fraudulent online encountered with a certain Dr. Martin David Allan whom he claimed he is from the United Kingdom, to stop him and spare the internet users from being his next victims.

I was surprised to receive a message from this Dr. Martin on Tagged last March 18, 2009. His name is not included in my friends’ list. Below was his message and quote verbatim.

"I am Dr. Martin D. Allan, ,a psychiatric doctor, widowed, a mormon, member of lsd. Sorry I have to contact you this way, I got your contact while searching for a nanny and a driver online. I don’t get often on Tagged. I am residing in UK with my two beautiful daughters. I am willing to offer Eight Hundred and Fifty pounds sterling (850.00 GBP) per week and I will provide monthly shopping allowances and accommodation. (

I am anxiously and eagerly waiting to hear from you soonest through my private email address above.

Your sincerely,

Dr Martin"

It was my mistake that I got curious so I was quick to respond to his email. Below are his succeeding emails.

1st email

"Hi, How are you? Thanks for the reply to my job offer and the interest in my family.I would like to see your Curriculum Vitae (CV).Truly i need a foreign Nanny,i know that there are a lot of Nannies in the UK here but its just that i need a Nanny from outside,Asia to be precise that is caring,loving,motherly carefree and well determined,that can take good care of my kids for me but with the recommendation from you and that is the more reason I may need your services,hopefully you will be my kid's Nanny and do according to your words.

I reside in Lambeth,London and do not get worried about any documents(work Permit and Visa),a travel agency here in the UK will handle that for you as per your visa just scan&send the copy of your international passporttravelling agency you could also use that.

I love my kids so much and would not toy with them.They are the apple of my eyes.I work because of them and am willing to pay any amount to give them the best in the world.You would be needing to settle the Visa Procurement yourself because i paid for 2 Nannies in the past few months which they did not turn up but went somewhere else after their visa was approved and that is why i vowed that any Nanny that i will employ will make half of expenses by himself/herself.Hope you understand how i mean..I need a very serious person and the job is available right now.Also,i use to have a Nanny that came from Asia(Filipino) and she spent 2 years with us,but she got married and relocated to the United states,so i need a replacement ASAP.

Don't worry about the United Kingdom,it's a nice place to stay and i hope you will enjoy staying here with my family and you will have the access to internet, Infact i have a personal PC at home for myself but my kids usually play games on their own PC, i will get you a computer to start using for your own use.All expenses made by you will be refunded immediately you get here.If you would be using the travel agency i would be recommending my traveling agent to you.

Do get back to me as soon as possible and we take it from there and CV through email to them,they will apply for visa on your behalf in the UK Home Office and when the visa is ready the UK Embassy in your country will call on you so that they can endorse the visa on your original passport.If you have any other


Dr Martin"

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2nd email

"Dear my Future employee's,

It's was nice seeing your CV'S I have just went through your CV and it's quite interesting and nice i see how hardworking you are !, Congratulations,you both are qualified to work with me and my family, the reason is because i see it in your CV how hardworking you are! and as you are hardworking i have the believe that you will be very caring aswel , My kids are very dear to me, i love them with all my life. i want you to take good care of them just like yours, well the next step is to start to work on your traveling processing, i have a traveling agency here in the UK that can get you Working permit/Working Visa, But really don't know how much it would cost, The below e mail contact address is for the traveling agency,
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i will really appreciate if you can work with me and my family, the age of my daughters Morena 7 years and Lillian 9 years ,i teach them well and they have respect for elders .i am sure you will like them when you come here ,i really appreciate it that you want to work with my family, Contact the traveling agency tell them that you are from Dr Martin Allan and you will like to make inquires on what document you need for the processing of your visa and how much it is going to cost.Also let them know that you will only be responsible for the half of each payment of your processing visa while me your employer will be responsible for the balance and also ready to send all his documents necessary for verification for the processing of your visa. get back to me with their response
Please kindly find the attached file, it contact the contract paper work for the DRIVER & NANNY & Picture of my girls. so you are hereby to sign the attached below contact paper work for each one of you.
After you sign i will sign then the lawyer will sign so it would be forwarded to the POEA, so after that the processing of your visa procurements will take place.
I am not going to pay all the expense as my previous nannies has fooled me , i don't want to be fool again, i am not begging for a nanny, So if you are okay with the terms and condition let me know. the below information is my contact information.

CONTACT PHONE NUMBER'S. : + 447-0240-38170

Get back to me if you have any question.
Dr Allan."

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email from D Way Traveling UK Ltd

“Dear Uk Visa Applicant,

Thanks for contacting D way traveling UK LTD for your traveling processing, D way traveling UK LTD only accepts instructions upon the terms and conditions set out below. No servant or agent of the business is permitted to vary these terms unless expressly authorized in writing to do so by the directorate. However any servant or agent shall have the full benefit of these terms and conditions.

1. D way traveling UK LTD will use it best endeavors to process applications, visa, passports and/or documents for travel or otherwise at the client's request but shall not be held responsible nor accept any liability for its own actions or those of any consulate, embassy, passport office or subcontracted courier servant or agent in delaying or not issuing such applications for any reason whatsoever and nor shall D way traveling UK LTD shall be held responsible for expense due to visa/passport spelling and date errors made by embassies/consulates/passport offices and/or delay arising from or in connection with:

a) Incomplete applications forms
b) Incorrectly or falsely completed application forms or
c) Inaccurate or incomplete supporting documentation. The expense or cost incurred by the client due to delays or non-issuance of passports visas or other documents for travel shall not be the responsibility of nor shall any charges be levied upon D way traveling UK LTD in respect thereof

2 It is for the Applicant to check the contents of any visa, passport or document delivered by D way traveling UK LTD to ensure that it has been correctly issued and the contents are correct and D way traveling UK LTD accept no liability in respect thereof.

3. D way traveling UK LTD shall not be liable for any loss, expense or delay arising from the purchase or acquisition of travel tickets by the Client prior to the issue of the relevant Visa/Passport

4. Upon receiving client's passports with visa application, D way traveling UK LTD will endeavor to process the same and submit to the relevant embassy/consulate/passport office the next working day depending upon the visa validity period.

5. D way traveling UK LTD will retain your application and passport if this is provided in advance until the correct issue period has been ascertained.

6. D way traveling UK LTD provides a carefully compiled visa and passport information service in good faith on the express understanding that the said information is the interpretation of any or all information provided by the respected embassies, consulates or passport offices at any or all times and D way traveling UK shall not accept responsibility or liability whatsoever for any errors and/or omissions in the information provided to obtain the visa/passport.

7. All processing of the client's visa, passport and/or documents will rely on the instructions given and on the application submitted and it is the client's express responsibility to ensure that the validity of the said visa, passport/document obtained includes and covers the period of time in which the client plans to enter and leave the country or countries that the client is visiting and for the number of entries to that country and is valid for the purpose intended. In the event of any passport, document or other items being lost, misplaced, damaged, delayed or destroyed by any means whatsoever including by any acts by subcontracted courier servants or agents the cost of replacing the same and/or consequential loss shall be borne by the client and any contribution to the cost by D way traveling UK LTD shall be entirely in at the discretion of the directorate thereof. THIS ALSO INCLUDES POSTAGE TIME FOR FIRST CLASS MAIL,RECORDED DELIVERY OR ROYAL MAIL, SPECIAL DELIVERY SERVICES

8. The costs and fees incurred by D way traveling UK LTD in obtaining any travel documents shall be the sole responsibility of the client and such charges will include

1. Consulate or Embassy or passport charges as the case may be.
2. The charges of D way traveling UK LTD listed below

3. Procurement of working permit : 550.00 GBP
4. Procurement of national identification number : 400.00
5. Procurement of UK No Settlement Visa : 800.00
TOTAL CHARGES :1,750 .00

If in the event of any cancellation while using our services there will be an administration/cancellation fee of ?11.75. If cancellation occurs whilst passport is at embassy/passport office client will be charged at the full service charge and you will pay 10 % of amount you where been charged.

Your full name : ?
Your full contact address / phone number's ?
Have you ever been to UK before ?
Have you ever been caught in illegal act/offense ?
Your nationality ?
Current Occupation ?
Marital Status ?
Scan copy of your international passport ?
Copy of Birth Certificate ?
Size photograph passport ?

If you agree with our terms and condition feel free to get back to us.
.. D way traveling UK LTD will only be held responsible for taking such steps as is reasonably considered relevant to fulfill the implied instructions of the client unless the same is in writing. D way traveling UK LTD reserves the right to act in the best interest of the client upon implied instructions being given and any charges for such services rendered shall be wholly the responsibility of the client.
.. D way traveling UK LTD reserves the right to retain all passports and other documents until payment though Western Union / Money Gram it has been received in full.
.... D way traveling UK LTD reserves the right to revise its charges at any time without prior notice being given

1. Embassy, Consulate, Passport Office closure without at least 5 days notice due to holidays and/or any other reason.
2. Delays in processing if made by the Embassy, Consulate, Passport Office due to administrative delays, visa/passport spelling and date errors or World Crisis Situations.
3. Embassy, Consulate and Passport Offices changing rules and regulations for whatsoever reason.
4. Major delays in transport, traffic, severe weather conditions making it impossible to get to Embassy, Consulate or Passport Office in time for closure.

Tickets for travel should not be purchased prior to the visa/passport or other document being issued unless there is a specific requirement for the acquisition for such visa, passport or travel
document and in such case open ticket should be obtained.
Our hours of business 24 hrs every day.
Applications for visas/passports and other travel documents submitted to us before 4.00pm will be dispatched to the embassy/consulate/passport office on the next working day and those
submitted after 4.00pm on the second working day after receipt unless otherwise arranged in advance.
Application forms ordered by e-mail will be sent on the day shortly after receipt and orders for forms by post will be sent the same day by 1st class post.
After our management compile all documents needed for your traveling it would be mail through registered courier service ( DHL ) directly to your home address.

Thanks for your co-operation.


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Think, think, think online mom. No! This time, I didn’t succumb to his modus operandi. My suspicion was heightened when I looked at the salutations on the two letters(“Dear my Future employee's, Dear Uk Visa Applicant). The fraudster used generic names so he doesn’t have to type all recipients’ names and can send them out in large batches. In order to identify the veracity of this Dr. Martin D. Allan, I first searched D way traveling UK LTD until I was led to an online scam forum/thread on the fraudulent transactions of Dr. Martin. Please click and you will witness almost the same of "his award winning piece” how he victimized people. I am really concerned that if no legal action will be imposed against this fraudster, he will likely to continue doing treacherous activities to victimize another innocent individuals.

The guy was so clever that he even uploaded pictures of himself (?), his two daughters(?) and his house(?). I don’t think these are real. He must have gotten or grabbed the pictures somewhere just to make me believe that his tactics will work well. Well, sorry for him, he'll be disappointed. Below are the pictures forwarded to me by a certain Dr. Martin in its original caption.


My daughters at airport

My girls at poolside

front view

down stairs




There are several hoaxes on the internet that we, the users, must be cautious and be watchful. One of them is Phishing. It is a fraudulent online attempt, usually made through email used by Phishers to entice you to disclose your personal information and the fastest rising online crime method used for stealing personal finances and perpetrating identity theft which hackers are now eligible to access, gain all our personal information and can do the following:

  • Apply for and get credit in your name.

  • Empty your bank account and max out your credit cards

  • Transfer money from your investment or credit line accounts into your checking account, and then use a copy of your debit card to withdraw cash from your checking account at ATMs around the world

Phishers use many different tactics to lure you, including e-mail and Web sites that mimic well-known, trusted brands. A common Phishing practice involves "spamming" recipients with fake messages that resemble a valid message from a well-known Web site or a company that the recipients might trust, such as a credit card company, bank, charity, or e-commerce online shopping site. The purpose of fake messages is to trick consumers into providing the following personal information:

  • Name and username.
  • Address and phone number.
  • Password or PIN.
  • Bank account number.
  • ATM/debit or credit card number.
  • Social Security Number

What to look for in a Phishing email:

  • Generic greeting. Fishing emails are usually sent in large batches. To save time, internet criminals use generic names like "Generic Bank Customer" so they don't have to type all recipients' names and send emails one-by-one. If you don't see your name, be suspicious. (just what happened to me)
  • Forged link. Even if a link has a name you recognize somewhere in it, it doesn't mean it links to the real organization. Roll your mouse over the link and see if it matches what appears in the email. If there is discrepancy, don't click on the link. Also, websites where it is safe to enter personal information begins with "https" - the "s" stands for secure. If you don't see "https" do not proceed.
  • Requests for personal information. The point of sending Phishing email is to trick you into providing your personal informatio. If you receive requesting your personal information, it is probably a Phishing attempt.
  • Sense of urgency. Internet criminals want you to provide your personal information now. They do this by making you think something has happened that requires you to act fast. The faster they get your information, the faster they can move on to another victim.

I fully understand that because of global economic crisis, we are experiencing hard times in our lives but it is not a valid reason to do perfidious activities to a person just for the sake of one's personal gain.

Let us be vigilant and protect ourselves from online scammers who always open their eagle eyes and sniffing for the next victims to every social networking site connecting people world wide. If it is too good to be true, then it is! Be suspicious in this case.

I have hope and faith that good will always prevails over evil.

Do you guys have stories to share to warn others from this fraudster? Your opinions are important and will be appreciated.

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