Kareem Ammar said he has been applying for up to six jobs a day as he looks for a new role in the oil and gas industry.
The 30-year-old, is currently based in Cairo, where he works as a raw materials sales manager.
In recent months he has been approached by scammers pretending to work for oilfield services company ASCO and for Shell’s subsidiary operations in Qatar.
His experience comes after a number of companies revealed job seekers had been approached with false job offers while being asked to provide passport details or even money in response.
Total, Paragon Offshore, Maersk Oil and ASCO have all warned in recent weeks of job offers being made in their company names.
The engineer said because of the number of applications he had been making for roles he at first assumed the offers were in response to applications he had made.
He said: “I hadn’t remembered which application it was because I’ve been making more than half a dozen each day.
“I received an offer from Shell and they said I would need to send them $1,000 to finalise everything for my role.
“I would warn anyone to be careful and double check – I contacted ASCO to let them know I had received a fraudulent job offer.”
In one email, Ammar received an email from Eveline Van Spaedonck, said to be a HR manager for Shell Qatar offering him a position.
He was asked to sign a contract offering him the role as well as send his passport details.
The contract was also headed with Shell’s official logo.
A string of companies have been forced to warn job seekers in the wake of story’s like Kareem’s. Read more here.