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How to Avoid Fake Recruiting Scams

by on May 30, 2019
in Tips & How-Tos, Computers and Software, Computer Safety & Support, Home Safety & Security, Privacy :: 238 comments

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You receive a personalized email from a recruiter claiming to be filling a senior level executive position and you could be the perfect candidate – too good to be true? It probably is. There are a variety of fake job and recruiting scams going around that offer no opportunities except to separate interested candidates from their cash.

How the job recruiting scam works

There are multiple flavors of the scam, but the general process is the same. You get a personalized email from a “recruiter” filling a senior level spot. The email will suggest that they got your name through a referral and that you have just the credentials they’re looking for (even though they haven’t interviewed you or gotten any information from you yet). In some cases, the scam may originate on legitimate job sites like Indeed.com. Here is an example of an email I received in November, 2018 (note that it is nearly identical to emails others received with a different recruiter and company name):

Hello Josh,

I hope this message finds you well. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am senior executive recruiter at ProRecruiting Solutions Inc.  and our client has retained us to fill various senior level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

P.S: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees.

Best Regards,

David Miller
Senior Executive Recruiter
ProRecruiting Solutions Inc.
http://www.prorecruitingsolutions.com
1450 Broadway 7th floor,
New York, NY 10018, USA

If you research the company, you may find a well-constructed website listing their credentials, recruiting team, etc. But don’t be fooled. Anyone can set up a fake website. The ProRecruiting Solutions website claims the company has been in business since 2007, yet the site only went live in August, 2018, a couple of months before I received the email (both the site and phone number are no longer active, but you can see an archived version here). To help support the myth, should you choose to research the company further, they even put out a press release touting their growth (also in August).

Some recruiting scams will go so far as to create fake LinkedIn profiles of their executives, which can be spotted because they have few connections (real recruiters generally have 500+) or endorsements. In the case of ProRecruiting Solutions, I could find no professional information about the supposed principals, which is a big red flag for a recruiter.

The email also has suspicious indications, which you can find if you’re more technically inclined. While the From address is david@prorecruitingsolutions.com, the email was sent via Sendy.co, a newsletter app that “makes it possible for you to send authenticated bulk emails at an insanely low price”. Unlike many other newsletter services, Sendy is self-hosted, so a scammer would not need to provide credentials for an account with a hosted service, like ConstantContact or Mailchimp, who would also be quick to kick anyone off the service they suspected of sending spam emails.

Version 1 - the resume review scam

Once you respond back to the email with your interest, the scam will go one of two ways. In one version, the recruiter will claim there is a “problem” with your resume and ask you to upload it to a purported resume review site.  These sites charge a fee of around $10 to review your resume, at which point they will tell you why your resume needs to be redesigned to work with company applicant tracking systems and show off your skills, which they will be happy to do for an extra $150 and up. If you go for the resume service (or choose to opt out), the recruiter will then sadly inform you that the job you were supposedly in line for has fallen through.

Version 2 - the pay for interview scam

The second version of the job scam, perpetrated by one of the largest recruiting scam operators, has cost consumers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. In a complaint filed by the FTC, after the job candidate responded to a fake recruiting email sent by the defendants (who were operating under a variety of aliases, including Worldwide Executive Job Search Solutions LLC, WWEJSS, Seven Figure Careers, 7FigRecruiters, 7FC, Finnburg Switzer, ResumeterPro, Creating Job Opportunity, Confidential Jobs Only, CJOnly, and CJO Private Equity, PrivateEquityHeadhunters.com LLC, PE Headhunters, Private Equity Headhunters, and PEHHS.COM LLC, all owned and operated by Craig Chrest), they were included on an email string that had the name of the hiring company and the hiring partner’s name and email. Candidates who researched the company (usually a supposed VC or private equity firm called Agile Capital, Rock Hill Capital, or Sienna Ventures) found a website (also fake) confirming the information.

And then scammers set the hook. According to the FTC, “…to move forward with job placement services or to land an interview, the defendants required consumers to sign a contract and pay an advance recruiting fee of between $1,200 and $2,500. Consumers then got a purported job interview by phone with the hiring partner of the company – often identified as Agile Capital, Rock Hill Capital, or Sienna Ventures.”

As with the resume scam, once the interview was done, the job disappeared due to a “change in the company’s business plans or hiring needs.” And if you considered complaining about this treatment to anyone, the contract you signed contained non-disclosure language that threatened a penalty of 10x the recruiting fee (up to $25,000, in this case) if you discussed what occurred.

Thankfully, these guys have finally been shut down by the FTC, but others may be operating using the same tactics.

Version 3 - the advance check payment scam

This scam seems to be originating out of job boards, such as Indeed.com. After you apply for a position on the site (often one that offers a suspiciously high salary and benefits), you get an email congratulating you on being hired for all the details on your fabulous new job. They even arrange to send you a large check for your first month of work, which you happily deposit into your bank account. The only catch is that they ask you to send them money orders (or even iTunes gift cards!) so that they can purchase uniforms or other equipment that you need for your job. Or, the check includes money for the clients you'll be working with, so they ask you to wire funds to the accounts for those client. Shortly thereafter, you get a notice from your bank that the check you deposited is fraudulent – there is no money, your account gets frozen, you owe bounced check fees and whatever money you sent to the company or "clients" is gone forever.

How to avoid falling for a job recruiting scam

I spoke with Don Zinn, Vice President, Executive Search at boutique recruiting firm StevenDouglas, to get his take on what is legitimate for recruiters to ask of candidates and how you can recognize when you may be getting scammed. And, together, we developed these tips for recognizing when a job pitch may not be on the up-and-up.

  1. Recruiters should never be asking for money. Period. Paying a referral fee is not a legitimate practice at all – the client always pays the fee.
  2. No one is going to tell you you’re perfect for a job or put you in touch with a company without interviewing you first. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  3. Ask the recruiter “What do they know about the client? What do they know about the opportunity? What is the time frame for hiring?” If they can’t give you clear answers, something isn’t right.
  4. Recruiters should never ask you to sign a contract or non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before an interview. And if they ask you for your social security number or banking account information, run the other way.
  5. Research the recruiters. Do you have connections in common on LinkedIn? Do they have a detailed professional profile other than on their own site? If you Google them, are you finding complaints on scam warning sites?

Zinn says that even if the recruiter is legitimate, “There is no barrier to entry to be a recruiter. You should be picky and choosy about who you work with. You don’t want people who are going to take your resume and send it to 300 people – especially if you are working. Tell the recruiter before they send your resume to anyone, you want to know who they are sending it to.”

And I’ll just leave you with Zinn’s advice above, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Author's Note 8/14/19: I just received an email with identical text as in the article above, yet from a different name and recruiting company (see below). If you go to the TQ Recruitment website About page, the pictures of the supposed team are identical to the photos of the team on another recruiting site, FS Recruiting, but with completely different names.

FS Recruiting TB Recruiting team

Also, the contact phone number for TQ Recruitment 877-373-2279 (not in service) is the same as that listed for a now de-active website for a TB Recruiting. Complaints about TB Recruiting go back to at least 2017.

If you receive a similar recruiting email, please post in comments below to help people identify the company and recruiter names being used in these scams.

Hello Josh,

I hope this message finds you well. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Senior Executive Recruiter of TQ Recruitment Inc. and our client has retained us to fill various C-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate. 

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

P.S: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees

Best Regards,

Greg Berry
Senior Executive Recruiter

TQ Recruitment Inc.
www.tqrecruitment.com
54 W 21st St Suite- 260 - 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010

[Image credit: job interview via BigStockPhoto]



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Same junk different day different person

From G on May 12, 2020 :: 11:14 am

I got the same email and SAME photos only the bald man who is CEO is Vernon Smith and Donna Levan is the ‘woman’ who wrote to me-

I create websites. The immediate things that jumped out at me were spelling errors all over their site including the URL which is topperecruiting.com when the name of their supposed firm is TOP Recruiting, not Toppe Recruiting…Plus a bunch more…

PLUS they used my email address that i use for general and spammy stuff. Not the same as my linkedin address so they didn’t get my email from Linkedin…
Beware!


Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Donna Levan and I am a Executives Search Director in Top Private Equity Recruiting, a reputable Global Recruitment Firm. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities.

One of our clients has retained us to fill various senior level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please reply to this email with a copy of your resume as soon as possible. I will forward it, along with a brief introduction to the client and will contact you back to complete the NDA and get started.

Note: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees.

Company Size: $2.5B

Best Regards,

Donna Levan

Executives Search Director

+1 (917) 633-8650

https://topperecruiting.com

Top Private Equity Recruiting

71 West 47th Street, Suite 1403, Midtown

New York, NY 10036

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Scam is still going strong...

From Glen Farmer on May 26, 2020 :: 3:43 pm

Received 5/26/2020

Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Donna Levan and I am a Executives Search Director in Top Private Equity Recruiting, a reputable Global Recruitment Firm. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities.

One of our clients has retained us to fill various senior level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please reply to this email with a copy of your resume as soon as possible. I will forward it, along with a brief introduction to the client and will contact you back to complete the NDA and get started.

Note: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees.

Company Size: $2.5B

Best Regards,

Donna Leavan

Executives Search Director

+1 (917) 633-8650

https://topperecruiting.com

Top Private Equity Recruiting

71 West 47th Street, Suite 1403, Midtown

New York, NY 10036

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Resume prep fee from cmsresumes

From PG on June 10, 2020 :: 3:44 pm

The fictitious Robert Guerrero from TopRecruiting directs users to ‘cmsresumes’ to create an ATS Compatible resume. Here is the scam part - pay the resume fee without any actual job prospect.

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CMS Resume fee for ATS compatible prep

From PG on June 10, 2020 :: 3:48 pm

Hello, when should I expect receiving your ATS compliant resume?

From: Robert Guerrero [mailto:robert@topperecruiting.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 7:55 AM
To:
Subject: RE: Regarding Job Opportunity

Good Morning ,

The role is aligned with your experience. Unfortunately your resume does not parse correctly into Candidate Management System. In order to move forward, I need your ATS compatible resume ASAP. You may https://cmsresumes.com contact for ATS Compatible Resume.

               

For reasons of confidentiality and non-disclosure, I am not able to share any details of the position or company with you at this time. I will check my schedule and let you know few time slots for a brief phone call after the initial process.

Best Regards,
Robert Guerrero

Senior Executive Recruiter

+1 (917) 633-8650

To Private Equity Recruiting

https://topperecruiting.com

71 West 47th Street, Suite 1403, Midtown

New York, NY 10036

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Ask yourself why

From PG on June 11, 2020 :: 10:28 am

Why would a recruiter with job opportunities especially through private equity need you to redo your resume or submit to a website for ATS (Applicant Tracking System) compatibility?

Why would a recruiter who emails you telling you that you are a credible candidate for a job need your resume when they already know about you?

Why is it that so many resume writers attached to these services have no LinkedIn profile?

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My Response to Stacy Smith at Ferici Recruiting

From DKA on August 07, 2020 :: 8:16 pm

Here is my recent repsonse to this spam email from Ferici Recruiting:

Not interested in a job, but I would love to pay some cheap scam artist to refine my resume for a non-existent position.  After all, why should people work for a living when they can somehow sleep at night after trying to rob and defraud those who do work hard.  


Know anyone who fits the bill? 

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Ferici

From Concerned on August 12, 2020 :: 5:02 pm

This firm, Ferici, sent the same request for a CV. I see that the images representing the employees are taken from other sites, saved in black & white, and given very common names like Smith, Taylor, Johnson. I feel bad for responding, and was surprised to get a reply asking for another copy of my resume. The writer indicates that he is leading the search team, yet having trouble uploading my resume into their system. It sounds like a phishing scam or a solicitation for resume transcription fees, or worse.
I share this with regret. I wish I were more careful.
Link: https://ferici.com/
Link to alternate image of recruiter: https://aziendaslovena.com/

Please be more cautious than I have been.
Concerned NYC

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A new player

From Dana on August 12, 2020 :: 7:55 pm

I received an email today from a new player in the executive recruitment scam game - Ferici.com

Email I received - almost verbatim from an email I received in Dec from Amy Allen. 

The website is less than two years old and cannot find any complaints about them.  Their “executives” are using stock photos from Italian, Swiss and other European countries.

From “Stacy”

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Ferici Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

Best regards,

Stacy Smith
Executive Recruiter

Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA

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Same

From Chris on August 14, 2020 :: 1:07 pm

Received the same message from “Ferici” which then led to more messages about the lack of being able to load my resume into the ATS. Luckily I am only out $5 for the resume review which I am disputing.

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Top Talent Hunters

From Dawn on August 17, 2020 :: 12:51 pm

Senior Level Opportunities

John Baker <john@toptalenthunters.com>  Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 6:26 AM
Reply-To: John Baker <john@toptalenthunters.com>
To:

Hello Dawn,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Senior Executive Recruiter of Top Talent Hunters Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

Best Regards,

John Baker
Senior Executive Recruiter

Top Talent Hunters Inc.
http://www.toptalenthunters.com
400 Madison Ave 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017.

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SOS

From Dana Partridge on August 21, 2020 :: 3:13 pm

Hello Dana,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Senior Executive Recruiter of Top Talent Hunters Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

Best Regards,

John Baker
Senior Executive Recruiter

Top Talent Hunters Inc.
http://www.toptalenthunters.com
400 Madison Ave 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017.

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SOS

From Dana Partridge on August 21, 2020 :: 3:13 pm

Hello Dana,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Senior Executive Recruiter of Top Talent Hunters Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

Best Regards,

John Baker
Senior Executive Recruiter

Top Talent Hunters Inc.
http://www.toptalenthunters.com
400 Madison Ave 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017.

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Same scam from ferici. This is the 3rd time I receive something like this and emails match almost wo

From arkrott on August 21, 2020 :: 4:41 pm

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Ferici Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

Best regards,

Stacy Smith
Executive Recruiter

Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA

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toptalenthunters Resume Review Scam

From Fred Burke on August 25, 2020 :: 4:40 pm

On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 10:27 AM Tim Arnold <tim@toptalenthunters.com> wrote:

Hello Fred,

We are still having the same issue with your resume. I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to check your resume through layered-designs.com and see if you can identify and fix the problem.

We can open the file without any issues but the problem is with the way information in your resume is structured and formatting used which is resulting in a lot of missing information in experience fields when your resume is parsed by the candidate management systems. Please check your resume and try fixing the issue so we don’t have to manually type everything in our candidate tracking system.

We have a call scheduled with the client on Thursday and I will try to make a brief introduction. I am available for a call anytime on Friday. Let me know a time that works for you and I will give you a call to discuss the next steps and in the meantime please try to get your resume issue fixed so our timing is not affected.

Best regards,

Tim Arnold
Senior Executive Recruiter

Top Talent Hunters Inc.
http://www.toptalenthunters.com
400 Madison Ave 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017.

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Stacy is still scamming...

From James Stewart on August 26, 2020 :: 5:07 pm

Hello James,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Ferici Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

Best regards,

Stacy Smith
Executive Recruiter

Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA

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Received same fraudulent emails

From Peter Gamaxia on August 27, 2020 :: 10:51 am

I received the same emails from a company http://www.feruci.com below the text:

FIRST EMAIL
Hello ****,
I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Ferici Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.
If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.
Best regards,
Stacy Smith
Executive Recruiter
Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA  

===========================================
SECOND EMAIL:

Hello ******,

This email is in response to the resume you’ve sent to us. I am the team leader on this project and have received your information from Stacy Smith.

I will check my schedule and let you know a few time slots for a brief phone call. 

We are having trouble uploading your resume to our candidate management system. Have you ever had issues with your resume before? There may be an issue with the file, can you please send me another copy so I can try again. You have a professionally written resume. I am not sure what the issue is.

Best Regards,

William Pickering
Senior Executive Recruiter

Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA  

===============================================
THIRD EMAIL

Hello *****,
We are still having the same issue with your resume. I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to check your resume through optimisedresumes.com and see if you can identify and fix the problem.
We can open the file without any issues but the problem is with the way information in your resume is structured and formatting used which is resulting in a lot of missing information in experience fields when your resume is parsed by the candidate management systems. Please check your resume and try fixing the issue so we don’t have to manually type everything in our candidate tracking system.
We have a call scheduled with the client on Tuesday next week and I will try to make a brief introduction. I am available for a call anytime on Wednesday next week. Let me know a time that works for you and I will give you a call to discuss the next steps and in the meantime please try to get your resume issue fixed so our timing is not affected.
Best Regards,

William Pickering
Senior Executive Recruiter

Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA

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Consolidation of Scammers

From Peter Gamaxia on August 27, 2020 :: 11:16 am

I recommend you send the following email to GoDaddy to remove these scammers, and below is the list of all scammers listed in this thread.
To: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
RE: SCAMMERS, please remove

The following domains are scams, please remove them:

FAKE RECRUITERS:
http://www.toptalenthunters.com
http://www.ferici.com
https://aziendaslovena.com/
https://topperecruiting.com
http://www.tqrecruitment.com
http://www.PrivateEquityHeadhunters.com
http://www.PEHHS.COM
http://www.prorecruitingsolutions.com
https://execprorecruit.com
https://fsrecruitinginc.com
http://www.ccgrecruiting.com
http://www.SEHeadhunters.com
http://www.theexecutiveshiring.com
http://www.rekruitx.com
http://www.robinrecruiters.com
http://www.ExactHiring.com
http://www.CCGRecruiting.com
http://www.eliteexecutiveshiring.com
http://www.rapidheadhunters.com


FAKE RESUME REVIEWS:
http://www.layered-designs.com
http://www.optimisedresumes.com
https://cmsresumes.com
http://www.testmyresume.net

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Great List

From Diane McFoster on August 27, 2020 :: 11:22 am

Thanks Pete,

That is amazing work of listing all scammers. You just saved me a ton of time and aggravation dealing with these scums.

I think your email missed the Godaddy email link, abuse @ Godaddy .com (Separated in case it gets locked) I am definitely sending the same email to block these people.

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Another one

From Karol on November 30, 2020 :: 1:53 pm

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Thanks for tip about Ferici

From N Holme on September 02, 2020 :: 11:13 am

The email Stacy Smith popped up a couple of days back. My first thought was it sounded legit so I sent back a resume. Gmail put the reply from William Pickering in the spam folder, which is where it belongs. The red flag for me was the suggestion to spend $ on resume formatting. That didn’t add up, so I Googled them and that led me here. Thanks for all the advice everyone!

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Scam continues - new company name

From Javier Jimenez on September 03, 2020 :: 11:59 am

This is the second email I received after submitting my resume.

Hello Javier,

We are still having the same issue with your resume. I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to check your resume through optimisedresumes.com and see if you can identify and fix the problem.

We can open the file without any issues but the problem is with the way information in your resume is structured and formatting used which is resulting in a lot of missing information in experience fields when your resume is parsed by the candidate management systems. Please check your resume and try fixing the issue so we don’t have to manually type everything in our candidate tracking system.

We have a call scheduled with the client on Tuesday next week and I will try to make a brief introduction. I am available for a call anytime on Wednesday next week. Let me know a time that works for you and I will give you a call to discuss the next steps and in the meantime please try to get your resume issue fixed so our timing is not affected.

Best Regards,


William Pickering
Senior Executive Recruiter

Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA

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New scam Email - Title: Regarding New Opportunity

From Dan on September 08, 2020 :: 11:34 am

Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Darlene Stewart and I am an Executives Search Director in PE Recruiting Inc. a reputable Global Recruitment Firm. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities.

One of our clients has retained us to fill various senior level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please reply to this email with a copy of your resume as soon as possible. I will forward it, along with a brief introduction to the client and will contact you back to complete the NDA and get started.

Note: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees.

Company Size: $2.5B
Best Regards,
Darlene Stewart
Senior Executive Recruiter
+1 (917) 633-8650
Private Equity Recruiting Inc.
745 5th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York City, New York 10151
https://perecruitinginc.com/

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i-recruit

From Steve Johnson on September 10, 2020 :: 8:14 am

I am curious whether anyone else has had a positive or negative experience with i-recruit.com since the discussion posted above? I received an email from them which seemed suspicious and I have similar concerns to the person who posted in April.

Would appreciate any info.

Thanks.

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Email from stacy

From Frank on September 10, 2020 :: 5:53 pm

Same emails as others. Here is a copy

Hello Frank,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Ferici Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.
Best regards,

Stacy Smith
Executive Recruiter

Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA

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Email from stacy

From Frank on September 10, 2020 :: 5:55 pm

Same emails as others. Here is a copy

Hello Frank,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Ferici Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.
Best regards,

Stacy Smith
Executive Recruiter

Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA

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Want me to buy a resume

From Frank on September 10, 2020 :: 5:59 pm

Same as others. Stacy cannot get my resume uploaded to their system and wants me to buy one from optimisedresumes.com

I will share the full email for record.

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Full email

From Frank on September 10, 2020 :: 6:02 pm

I copy pasted the full email. Please see below.

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here is the full email

From Frank on September 10, 2020 :: 6:00 pm

Hello Frank,

We are still having the same issue with your resume. I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to check your resume through optimisedresumes.com and see if you can identify and fix the problem.

We can open the file without any issues but the problem is with the way information in your resume is structured and formatting used which is resulting in a lot of missing information in experience fields when your resume is parsed by the candidate management systems. Please check your resume and try fixing the issue so we don’t have to manually type everything in our candidate tracking system.

We have a call scheduled with the client on Tuesday next week and I will try to make a brief introduction. I am available for a call anytime on Wednesday next week. Let me know a time that works for you and I will give you a call to discuss the next steps and in the meantime please try to get your resume issue fixed so our timing is not affected.

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same email

From SF on September 11, 2020 :: 6:01 pm

Hello xxxx,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Ferici Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.
Best regards,

Stacy Smith
Executive Recruiter

Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA

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same email

From SJ on September 11, 2020 :: 6:04 pm

Hello xxxx,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Ferici Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.
Best regards,

Stacy Smith
Executive Recruiter

Ferici Inc.
http://www.ferici.com
153 W 27th St 5th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA

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Ferici bulslhit

From SJ on September 11, 2020 :: 6:21 pm

these guys keep bullshitting and they need to be stopped. they gave me a lot of hope during these difficult times.

i cant even put food on table for my family and these guys want to take advantage of people like me

somebody needs to be stop them

i am so glad i did not pay to have my resume finished by these guys but even without that i feel defeated after raising my hopes so high for a good job when there is nothing available in my city

do not pay these people to improve your resume. it is all horsehist

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is it just resume or something more

From SJ on September 11, 2020 :: 6:27 pm

are the trying to steal personal identity?

should i report this to credit bureaus?

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Second time receiving the exact same email

From Bob on September 13, 2020 :: 1:38 pm

First time it was from toptalenthunters.com and this time from ferici. Exactly same email. I replied the first time but thankfully never heard back. After receiving this new email and comparing with the old one my BS detector lead me to do a search and found this blog.

Best to not respond and simply ignore these emails. They will be back with a new a name.

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No need to report this to credit bureaus

From Bob on September 13, 2020 :: 1:44 pm

Reporting to credit bureaus does not make sense unless you sent them your social security number or any other private information. I don’t believe this is a identity theft operation but I could be wrong.

Best to not respond and simply ignore these emails instead of wasting time engaging with these a**holes.

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I feel like such an idiot. And violated. Need to shower.

From Anthony on September 16, 2020 :: 4:53 pm

$36 bucks out the window (at best).

I’m such a sucker.

Letter I received:


Darlene Stewart <darlene.stewart@perecruitinginc.com>
Sep 8, 2020, 7:26 AM (8 days ago)
to me

Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Darlene Stewart and I am an Executives Search Director in PE Recruiting Inc. a reputable Global Recruitment Firm. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities.

One of our clients has retained us to fill various senior level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please reply to this email with a copy of your resume as soon as possible. I will forward it, along with a brief introduction to the client and will contact you back to complete the NDA and get started.

Note: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees.

Company Size: $2.5B
Best Regards,
Darlene Stewart
Senior Executive Recruiter
+1 (917) 633-8650
Private Equity Recruiting Inc.
745 5th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York City, New York 10151
https://perecruitinginc.com/

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You'd think they would at least reword the email!

From Neil Ascher on September 18, 2020 :: 11:21 am

Hello Neil,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Exact Recruiters Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.
If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.
Best regards,
Kerry Morgan
Executive Recruiter
Exact Recruiters Inc.
http://www.exactrecruiters.com
400 Madison Ave 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017

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Same Email from "Kerry Morgan"

From Michael on October 06, 2020 :: 12:17 pm

Hello Michael,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Exact Recruiters Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

Best regards,

Kerry Morgan
Executive Recruiter

Exact Recruiters Inc.
http://www.exactrecruiters.com
400 Madison Ave 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017

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Scam Continues -- Sep 2020

From Andy on September 18, 2020 :: 12:20 pm

Same MO still in progress.

I got these emails from yet another recruiter with a different website—seemed very suspicious refusing to a job description. Upon sending her a resume, I was asked to get an “ATS Compatible Resume”, which expects a fee, so I stopped.

Here are the emails:
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Sara Warren <sara.warren@rfperecruiting.com> wrote:

Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Sara Warren and I am an Executives Search Director in RF PE Recruiting, a reputable Global Recruitment Firm. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities.

One of our clients has retained us to fill various senior level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please reply to this email with a copy of your resume as soon as possible. I will forward it, along with a brief introduction to the client and will contact you back to complete the NDA and get started.

Note: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees.

Company Size: $2.5B

Best Regards,

Sara Warren
Executives Search Director
+1 (917) 633-8650
RF PE Recruiting
32 East 32nd Street Murray Hill
New York, NY 10016
https://rfperecruiting.com/

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On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 8:45 AM Sara Warren <sara.warren@rfperecruiting.com> wrote:   

The role is aligned with your experience. Unfortunately your resume does not parse correctly into the Candidate Management System. In order to move forward, I need your ATS compatible resume ASAP. You may https://cmsresumes.com contact for ATS Compatible Resume.                   

For reasons of confidentiality and non-disclosure, I am not able to share any details of the position or company with you at this time. I will check my schedule and let you know a few time slots for a brief phone call after the initial process.

  Best Regards,
  Sara Warren
  Executives Search Director
  +1 (917) 633-8650
  RF PE Recruiting
  32 East 32nd Street Murray Hill
  New York, NY 10016

===============================

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One more company to add to the list

From n on September 18, 2020 :: 2:13 pm

One more company to add to the list - Exact Recruiters Inc. I received the same email:

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Exact Recruiters Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

Best regards,

Kerry Morgan
Executive Recruiter

Exact Recruiters Inc.
http://www.exactrecruiters.com
400 Madison Ave 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017

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RF PE Recruiting

From Arty on September 18, 2020 :: 3:46 pm

Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Sara Warren and I am an Executives Search Director in RF PE Recruiting, a reputable Global Recruitment Firm. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities.

One of our clients has retained us to fill various senior level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please reply to this email with a copy of your resume as soon as possible. I will forward it, along with a brief introduction to the client and will contact you back to complete the NDA and get started.

Note: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees.

Company Size: $2.5B

Best Regards,
Sara Warren
Executives Search Director
+1 (917) 633-8650
RF PE Recruiting
32 East 32nd Street Murray Hill
New York, NY 10016
https://rfperecruiting.com/

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New Executives Level Opportunities

From Mark on September 22, 2020 :: 12:52 pm

Kerry Morgan <kerry@exactrecruiters.com>
Tue 9/22/2020 12:09 PM
To: You
Hello Mark,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Exact Recruiters Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

Best regards,

Kerry Morgan
Executive Recruiter

Exact Recruiters Inc.
http://www.exactrecruiters.com
400 Madison Ave 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017

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same scam new name

From Karen on September 24, 2020 :: 10:20 pm

I received the exact same email from frank brearley at asp recruitment.  I did send my resume but pushed back on the need to change the format as no recruiter ever mentioned that to me before.  I did not go for the scan of my resume because I didn’t know what position it was for. 

No response from frank.  Thanks for posting this as i was starting to second guess my judgment and what if this was the break I was looking for. 

Asp recruitment not real

Thank you all for sharing

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RF PE Recruiting

From Allison on September 25, 2020 :: 10:17 am

SO glad I found this site! Received this today - checked out their website and so many typos etc. Thanks very much!!

Sara Warren <sarawarren@rfperecruiting.com>
9:37 AM (36 minutes ago)
to me

Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Sara Warren and I am an Executives Search Director in RF PE Recruiting, a reputable Global Recruitment Firm. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities.

One of our clients has retained us to fill various senior level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please reply to this email with a copy of your resume as soon as possible. I will forward it, along with a brief introduction to the client and will contact you back to complete the NDA and get started.

Note: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees.

Company Size: $2.5B

Best Regards,

Sara Warren
Executives Search Director
+1 (917) 633-8650
RF PE Recruiting
32 East 32nd Street Murray Hill
New York, NY 10016
https://rfperecruiting.com/

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New Executives Level Opportunies

From PATRICK M SCRIBNER on October 09, 2020 :: 2:34 pm

What tipped me off was the poorly written english in the subject line. 

Same basic wording in the message, here was the signature and the “company” being used

Best regards,

Graham Williams
Executive Recruiter

Zee Recruiting Inc.
http://www.zeerecruiting.com
153 W 27th St 6th Floor -
New York, NY 10001, USA

it did have some tracking embedded in the email back to rekruitx.com which is where the email actually originated from.  Just an FYI

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Victoria, Brad and Robin have a new firm!

From P Nicholson on October 15, 2020 :: 3:10 pm

What a bunch of scumbags:

https://execsearchpros.com/about-us.html

No LinkedIn presence whatsoever - crazy how these very senior serious recruiters don’t have LinkedIn profiles.

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What happens with the resume I sent?

From Antoinette on October 21, 2020 :: 1:51 pm

Hi all,

So I fell for the scam via
Frank Brearley (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and sent my resume over for consideration. The next email was the one saying I needed to make my resume ATS compatible for the ow ow price of $30…

SO, what happens to my info? My name, address, phone number and professional history are on my resume. Has anyone ha their identity stolen or spoofed since falling for sending off their resume?

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Viola! I have received the same email twice in 18 months

From Bill Campbell on October 24, 2020 :: 11:24 am

I received an unsolicited email from “Mike Anderson” followed up by “Charles Dennis”.  Unfortunately, my resume was incompatible with Top Tier Hiring, Inc.’s software.  I did due diligence and found their NYC website.  Unfortunately, Mike & Charles don’t have Linkedin profiles.  Later I remembered that this sam scenario had happened 18 months earlier. Thanks for your well written article! Much appreciated!

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Another with exact same text- this one from Sara Warren with RF PE Recruiting

From SC on October 24, 2020 :: 5:45 pm

Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Sara Warren and I am an Executives Search Director in RF PE Recruiting, a reputable Global Recruitment Firm. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities.

One of our clients has retained us to fill various senior level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please reply to this email with a copy of your resume as soon as possible. I will forward it, along with a brief introduction to the client and will contact you back to complete the NDA and get started.

Note: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees.

Company Size: $2.5B

Best Regards,

Sara Warren
Executives Search Director
+1 (917) 633-8650
RF PE Recruiting
32 East 32nd Street Murray Hill
New York, NY 10016
https://rfperecruiting.com/

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Same Email as Kimberly, But Different "Recruiter"

From John on October 29, 2020 :: 2:19 pm

Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Darlene Stewart and I am an Executives Search Director in PE Recruiting Inc. a reputable Global Recruitment Firm. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities.

One of our clients has retained us to fill various senior level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please reply to this email with a copy of your resume as soon as possible. I will forward it, along with a brief introduction to the client and will contact you back to complete the NDA and get started.

Note: We are a retained search firm and get paid by the employer. You will not be asked to share any confidential information or pay any fees.

Company Size: $2.5B
Best Regards,
Darlene Stewart
Senior Executive Recruiter
+1 (917) 633-8650
Private Equity Recruiting Inc.
745 5th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York City, New York 10151
https://perecruitinginc.com/

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Top Tier Hiring - Mike Anderson

From Merete on November 01, 2020 :: 6:15 am

I just got one from “Top Tier Hiring” as well:
Hello,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Top Tier Hiring Inc. Our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions. I was referred to you by an outside talent sourcing firm and based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply back to this email with an updated copy of your resume and I will connect you with the recruiter leading this project and schedule an introductory call.

Best Regards,

Mike Anderson
Senior Executive Recruiter

Top Tier Hiring Inc.
http://www.tthiring.com
1385 Broadway 7th Floor Suite 709
New York, NY 10018

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