December 9, 2010

SCAM BEWARE: Massage Job Listings (International)

When you type the words "International Massage Jobs" into a Google search your bound to find many outrageously high-paying jobs for massage therapists in the UK and other destinations around the world. It attracts you because you want to try living abroad while making a HUGE sum of money! It seems to good to be true! That's because it's a SCAM! Just another way for these dirty scammers to make money off of you!

My good friend in San Diego regularly searches through adverts on the internet with the hopes of finding a job somewhere here in Europe. I have become her helpful 'detective' by checking out job listings by calling the hotel and inquiring about the 'job.' I've become pretty good at 'spotting' a scam and have taken to emailing the hotel personally, explaining to them what is going on and sending a copy of the job listing so that they can investigate further. I really hope that something can be done about these scammers because like the 'tutor scam' I posted last year, this scam is something that people are really falling for.

PLEASE take note people: When you see a listing for international jobs- the obnoxiously high "to good to be true salary" should be your very FIRST indication that this is a scam. Second, look up the actual hotel and see for yourself that this hotel does NOT have any type of massage therapist/spa facilities on their premises. This is a BIG tip off to you. I recommend NOT responding to the advert but rather sending an email to the hotel's manager or HR department, along with the link to the advert and alert the hotel immediately that you suspect someone is using their hotel in a scam. Thanks and don't be fooled by these low-lives!! Write to me if you have any questions about this.... Thanks!

Here is an example of an advert that is a SCAM:

International Massage Jobs posting as of December 09, 2010...

Date Posted: 12/05/2010
New! Employment opening in Victoria Park Hotel Edinburgh Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Victoria Park Hotel Edinburgh Scotland is a stylish hotel located in the heart of Edinburgh city in the thriving Lothian area. Victoria Park Hotel is ideally situated close to a selection of the best tourist activities, business venues, museums, galleries and shopping in this charming historical city. We have been into existence for more than two decades now, the management will be celebrating their two decades of existence right now we are in need of foreign workers who will join with the hotel in their celebrity and with hotel new benefits and condition for information contact us.
Salary/Benefits: 4500 GBP (this is just unheard of)
Certification Required: yes
Experience Required: Minimum 0-1 year
{Apply for job}

What to do if you suspect a SCAM:
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

* FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
* FTC online complaint form (
* Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
* Internet Fraud Complaint Center (
* Non-emergency number for your local police department.

If you suspect that an item posted for sale on Craigslist may be part of a scam, please email the details to "". Be sure to include the URL (or eight-digit post ID number) in your message.
**Thanks to Bob for this info.


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

It just amazes me how these people get away with it!!!!! Diane

Anonymous said...

Shocks me as to why they are doing it. Terrible and i pray it

Leesa said...

Diane- I know... I have NO idea either!.. This one preys on people who desire to travel and see the world while working to make a living. It offers an OUTRAGEOUS sum as a monthly salary so it attracts people from the get-go! I'm glad my friend checks with me first so that I can 'check out the source.' She was almost a victim of a similar scam...

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for alerting me on this... I think it's good for people to be aware of all the scammers out there!

Barbara said...

Hi Leesa,

This is why when I look for free lancing offers, I never go to this list. I have a couple well estblished free lance webs that I stick with.

Be careful!

Leesa said...


I don't blame you a bit!! But, my friend keeps looking on line for Overseas jobs- they must all be scams!

Ferries to France said...

Thanks for sharing such a helpful information.

Seems we cannot trust so much in people in internet.

I will send your link to my father so he can understand, he really believes in everything he sees online! and wants to get every offer! OMG!



Leesa said...

Hi Mirella,

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment! Please DO share this with your father...
There are soooo many scams out there that I am beginning to think people are more DIShonest than honest on the internet...

Love your site... I took a ferry from Scotland to Ireland...


Tarun Kumar said...

you are right... you can also find latest Job Listings alerts online.