Internet Scammers Take Aim at Private Security Industry


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Ammoland, one of the biggest firearms industry news sites has picked up the Firearms Portal story on Catherine Yelma and Einar Haraldsson and has republished it.


“Today, tens of thousands of private contractors provide military and security services to a variety of clients, including states, corporations, NGOs and even the United Nations. Many PMSCs operate in zones of armed conflict, where they carry out functions that were formerly the exclusive domain of the armed forces.This boom in private security has been most evident in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the US has become dependent on PMSCs to carry out its operations. The US Department of Defense (DOD) now has more contractor personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq than uniformed personnel.
The total expenditure on PMSCs in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2005 and 2010 was of $146 billion, which is about 18 percent of total war spending for operations there:
$33.9 billion on contracts for the Afghanistan theater.
$112.1 billion on contracts for the Iraq theater of operations.
The modern private security industry emerged in the early 1990s, although it has changed significantly since that time. Like other corporations, modern PMSCs are registered corporate bodies with legal personalities and hierarchical management structures. They often have sophisticated websites providing information about their various services.â€Â¹

Melbourne, FL - -( The figures are mind boggling. $146 billion, ($21 for every man, woman and child on the planet), spent on private security in just two countries in the space of five years, rich pickings indeed.
With such high value contracts on offer, the private security sector poses unique corruption risks.
There are estimates that at least $5 billion is lost to corruption in the sector every single year.²
And that is only a modest estimation of the costs incurred when international security concerns become a convenient veil to hide corrupt activity.
Single source contracts, unaccountable and overpaid agents, obscure defense budgets, unfair appointments and promotions, sub-standard training and many more forms of corruption in this secretive sector waste funds and put people’s lives at risk. From a QoS point of view the main concern about the private security industry is the fact that, unlike regulated military, there is no real mechanism to ensure that personnel are adequately trained. For example, when a client chooses to engage a PMSC, the client has no control over the standard of training of the personnel supplied.
Not surprisingly, con-men (and women) offering fake jobs, expensive courses that lead to no recognized qualification, and offers of those “dream†jobs that miraculously disappear have found their way to the private security industry in an effort to grab themselves a piece of the pie.
For the fraudsters, fake job scams are a relatively risk free and easy way of separating people from their hard-earned cash. In the private security industry, the most common fake job scam is the “419 Advance Fee Fraudâ€. This is when the applicant is offered a fantastic sounding job, provided they pay fees for a permit to work in either the country or profession that is being advertised.
Alarm bells should start ringing if the job sounds too good to be true. In the real world, there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that someone is going to offer you a cool job with high pay through an unsolicited email. If you receive a job offer like this, just take a step back and review it with common sense. Ask yourself is the rate of pay is really worth what is demanded from the job? No-one throws money away, so if someone claims they will pay you $1,500 a week for driving some kid to and from school each day, trash it. Never ever pay anybody to work. It works the other way round – they pay you. No genuine job offer ever requires the employee to pay the employer for whatever reason. So if someone is asking you to pay for something before you can begin your job, you know for sure that you’re being scammed. The “employer†will either take your money and disappear, or request further payments before you can begin, then take more money and disappear.

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