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Dubai: Residents have been warned not to fall for fake emails claiming to offer jobs in return for personal information or cash.

The Ministry of Energy and Industry (MoEI) has responded to a number of emails that circulated across the UAE, which allegedly offered contracts of employment or other benefits.

Some of the fake emails also carried the ministry’s logo, or a ministry employee’s email address, and requested job hunters to send their personal details, contact information or money.   

“These emails do not emanate from MoEI or from any of its employees, and are not in any way associated with [the ministry’s] activities. MoEI cautions the public to be vigilant with these and other similar solicitations that falsely claim association with MoEI,” said the ministry in a statement.

“It has been noted that a number of organisations or programs claim to be acting on the behalf of MoEI in recruiting or facilitating recruitment of personnel. The purpose of these announcements is to induce people to pay a fee for services related to recruitment or training,” said the ministry.

The Ministry of Energy further emphasised that all job vacancies are advertised on its website or on its social media accounts, and stressed that the ministry does not collaborate with agencies or consultancy firms to recruit new employees through websites or emails.  

“We confirm that the Ministry of Energy and Industry does not require any fees either for applying for an employment or even at any stage of employment,” it added.  

What to do if you receive fake emails

The Ministry of Energy and Industry urges recipients to verify the authenticity of such emails, letters or telephone calls before sending any kind of response.

To verify the authenticity of such job opportunities, residents can send an email to the ministry at info@moei.gov.ae or cal 800-6634 before taking any further action.