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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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SN Recruitment SCAM

From Dharma on May 04, 2021 :: 10:47 am

1st Email
Hello,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of SN Recruitment 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 at Vocativ, 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 Walsh
Senior Executive Recruiter

SN Recruitment Inc.
http://www.snrecruitment.com

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 John Walsh.
We are having an 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 https://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 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,

Robert Lee
Senior Executive Recruiter

SN Recruitment Inc.
http://www.snrecruitment.com

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Manager

From Jackie Fritz on June 25, 2021 :: 9:12 am

Great article - I actually received the exact email and was suspicious. 
Firstly, it was in my junk email
#2 - There was no brand in the signature
#3 - No phone number
#4 - looked at the website and the location was also off and looked at the address and that seemed wrong
#5 - I could not find one person in their company on linked in
#6 - no phone number on website
#7 - no reference to the positions they fill
#8 and last, who asks for resume without even asking to speak with you to talk to you about the position they are recruiting

Anyways, so glad I investigated and also read this blog

Thanks and buyer beware!
Jackie

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Scam is becoming more personalized (one of the companies from my LinkedIn profile was added)

From Sergei on May 10, 2021 :: 6:59 pm

Hello ______,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of SN Recruitment 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 at _________, 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 Walsh
Senior Executive Recruiter

SN Recruitment Inc.
http://www.snrecruitment.com

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SN Recruiting Scam

From Douglas Osborne on May 19, 2021 :: 10:05 am

I am really p@#$ed that I sent my resume to these dirtbags.

Thanks for the heads up. This site needs to be at the top of the search stack.

D Osborne.

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Private Equity Recruiting Inc

From Joel on May 21, 2021 :: 5:00 pm

Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Clay Martin and I am a Sr. Recruiting Specialist 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,
Clay Martin
Senior Recruiting Specialist
+1 (917) 633-8650
Private Equity Recruiting Inc.
745 5th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York City, New York 10151

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Still happening - SAME text (slightly rearranged)

From Stephen Hampe on May 23, 2021 :: 12:26 pm

I hope this message finds you well. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Head of Leadership Consulting at Exec Search Pros Inc.
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 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,
Victoria Jones
Head of Leadership Consulting
https://execsearchpros.com

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Executive Level Opportunities

From John Walsh on May 24, 2021 :: 2:32 am

Hello,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of SN Recruitment 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 at XXX, 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 Walsh
Senior Executive Recruiter

SN Recruitment Inc.
http://www.snrecruitment.com

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Darlene Stewart ATS Scam

From MiguelSD on June 01, 2021 :: 10:13 am

I received the Darlene Stewart scam and actually went and had my resume transformed into an scannable ATS formatted document in Word.

The website I used was: https://cmsresumes.com/ and I paid $27 for the editable ATS formatted resume of mine.

I hope my credit card does not get compromised.

Just in case I am goi g to request a new card.

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Another Scam Company

From Michael Douglas on June 15, 2021 :: 8:59 am

Hello,


I hope this message finds you well. My name is Clay Martin and I am a Sr. Recruiting Specialist 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, 
Clay Martin
Senior Recruiting Specialist
+1 (917) 633-8650
Private Equity Recruiting Inc.
745 5th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York City, New York 10151

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Same Scam, other Name

From German Quiroga on June 17, 2021 :: 2:40 pm

Hello German,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Elite Executive Headhunters 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; based on your previous experience at XXX, I think you are a very credible candidate.

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

Best regards,

Colin Morris
Senior Executive Recruiter
Elite Executive Headhunters
http://www.eliteexecutiveheadhunters.com

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Same email

From Amber on June 28, 2021 :: 1:30 pm

I also just got the one from “Colin Morris” with Elite Executive Headhunters. My horrible time started with Indeed. There was a fake job poster with “apply on website” but it linked to a zillion fake job boards. I continuously mark them as spam but they’re getting past it daily. Makes me mad, not only in principle, but I’ve kept that email address for serious business contacts and I’ve never had spam before. I feel like it’s just a dead email address now, but plenty of legit businesses have it for real applications.

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Elite Executive Headhunters

From Gautam K on June 19, 2021 :: 2:50 am

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Elite Executive Headhunters 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; based on your previous experience you are a very credible candidate.

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

Best regards,

Colin Morris
Senior Executive Recruiter
Elite Executive Headhunters
http://www.eliteexecutiveheadhunters.com

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Eliteexecutiveheadhunters scam

From Fra on June 21, 2021 :: 12:21 pm

Hello Francesca,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Elite Executive Headhunters 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; based on your previous experience you are a very credible candidate.

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

Best regards,

Colin Morris
Senior Executive Recruiter
Elite Executive Headhunters
http://www.eliteexecutiveheadhunters.com

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Still running this scam!

From Scott Hanning on June 25, 2021 :: 12:07 am

I’m so glad I followed my instincts and did not pay the $5 fee these scum bags asked for. And now seeing all these identical emails to other people is making my blood boil. Here’s the email I got after I sent my resume.

Hello Scott,

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 George Janson.
We are having an 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 https://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,

Todd Friedman
Senior Executive Recruiter
C-Suite Employment Inc.
http://www.csuiteemployment.com

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Received sea, from "C Suite Employment"

From Mr German on June 28, 2021 :: 5:20 am

I received this in June 2021 ... hmmm


—-
I am Executive Recruiter of C-Suite Employment 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; based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate for one of the open positions.

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

Best regards,
George Janson
Senior Executive Recruiter
C-Suite Employment Inc.
http://www.csuiteemployment.com

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This scam is getting global

From Matti from Finland on June 28, 2021 :: 1:02 pm

Hello XXX,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities.

I am Executive Recruiter of C-Suite Employment 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; based on your previous experience I think you are a very credible candidate for one of the open positions.

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


Best regards,

George Janson
Senior Executive Recruiter
C-Suite Employment Inc.
http://www.csuiteemployment.com

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Hello James,I am reaching out

From Jim on June 29, 2021 :: 1:52 pm

Hello James,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Elite Executive Headhunters 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; based on your previous experience you are a very credible candidate.

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

Best regards,

Colin Morris
Senior Executive Recruiter
Elite Executive Headhunters
http://www.eliteexecutiveheadhunters.com
...

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EliteExecutiveHeadHunters: Colin Morris and Laura Meijer for OptimisedResumes.com

From K on July 08, 2021 :: 1:28 pm

Emails and follow-up.  No response to questions in my replies. 

Colin Morris <colin@eliteexecutivesheadhunters.com>
To:
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Fri, Jul 2 at 8:53 AM

Hello Kathy,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Elite Executive Headhunters 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; based on your previous experience you are a very credible candidate.

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

Best regards,

Colin Morris
Senior Executive Recruiter
Elite Executive Headhunters
http://www.eliteexecutiveheadhunters.com

 

Laura Meijer <laura@eliteexecutiveheadhunters.com>
To:
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Wed, Jun 30 at 7:52 AM

Hello Kathy,

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 Colin Morris.
We are having an 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 https://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,

Laura Meijer
Senior Executive Recruiter
Elite Executive Headhunters
http://www.eliteexecutiveheadhunters.com

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Absoluteheadhunters.com

From John on July 26, 2021 :: 3:06 pm

Hello

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Absolute Headhunters 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; based on your previous experience you are a very credible candidate for one of the open positions.

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

Best regards,

David Gordon
Senior Executive Recruiter
Absolute Headhunters Inc.
http://www.absoluteheadhunters.com

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Same email

From Mike Roark on August 03, 2021 :: 5:32 pm

They have a new name Private Executive Recruiter. I asked what industry and type of position and they claimed “I am sorry that I can’t disclose any information at this stage”.  Further, they give an address of 745 5th Avenue 5th Floor in New York City. I wonder if the Law firm occupying the floor is helping them.  What a bunch of BS

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Still happening

From urod67 on August 12, 2021 :: 10:30 am

Hello XXXXX,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Absolute Headhunters 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; based on your previous experience you are a very credible candidate for one of the open positions.

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

Best regards,

David Gordon
Senior Executive Recruiter
Absolute Headhunters Inc.
http://www.absoluteheadhunters.com

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Got one going by the name of David Gordon

From Jon doe on August 13, 2021 :: 5:46 pm

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Executive Recruiter of Absolute Headhunters 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; based on your previous experience you are a very credible candidate for one of the open positions.

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

Best regards,

David Gordon
Senior Executive Recruiter
Absolute Headhunters Inc.
http://www.absoluteheadhunters.com

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absoluteheadhunters.com scam

From Robert Williams on August 16, 2021 :: 12:33 pm

Got a similar email, followed by asking me to send my resume to a pay site. Nobody listed on the site actually works there…

It’s always something with the scammers…

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Victoria Jones - now using Head of Leadership Consulting

From Pam on August 23, 2021 :: 6:09 pm

I received the same scam email today from Victoria Jones, Head of Leadership Consulting, Exec Search Pros, Inc.  The company name on their website is Execsearch Pros, Inc., and their logo has a typo - Executives Search Pros.  Robin Jones (male) shown as Co-Founder/Pres, Brad Wilson is Senior Recruiter and Emily White completes the “staff.” None have a LinkedIn profile.  They claim to have been in business for 30 years, but their website was designed in 2020.

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Victoria Jones and Exec Search Pros Inc.

From Del on August 25, 2021 :: 8:03 pm

I also received the email below suggesting some mysterious interest through a 3rd party. Received from a person that does seem to exist; Victoria Jones at Exec Search Pros, Inc.

“I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Head of Leadership Consulting at Exec Search Pros 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.”

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It Continues

From Sur on August 25, 2021 :: 11:33 pm

From: Victoria Jones <victoria@execsearchpros.com>
To: [name removed]
Date: 08/24/2021 1:37 PM
Subject: Regarding Job Opportunity

Hello [name removed],

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Head of Leadership Consulting at Exec Search Pros 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,

Victoria Jones
Head of Leadership Consulting
Exec Search Pros Inc.

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All Seasons Trans / snurecruitment

From Justin Dudley on August 25, 2021 :: 11:52 pm

Our client is a multinational parcel shipping and supply chain management company. They are casting around for a diligent Logistic Manager to become a member of the team! You will be a part of reliable for accepting, prepairing, packing and shipping packages.


This offer would be excellent for those who wish to work remotely from home. All you needis stay at home from 9am till 5 pm. You can combine this employment with other remote employment as well.


They are offering $4000/month in average. Your earnings is depending on the amount of prepared bundles.


Hours of work are 9am - 5pm / Mon - Fri.

You will need to receive, control, repack and dispatch the bundles to the customers. Also you will be accountable for delivery tracking and saving records.


There are no massive things. They work with toys, clothes and other small consumer shipment.


They cover all expenses and no investment from your part are required.


Feel free to contact by email if you are interested.

 

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Absolutely! I’m sorry if I’m getting this to you late. Your reply showed up in my spam folder!
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Hello. Here is the next step for your application!


In order to begin commencing your duties, you should provide us with your postal address where all the shipments will be delivered to.

1) Go to the link below and find full zip for your address. https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction_input

Then copy and paste full address, using standard abbreviations and formatting, to the form below.

Address:
City:
State:
ZIP:

2) Provide phone numbers and PayPal account. We use PayPal for salary transfers.

HOME PHONE:
CELL PHONE:
PAYPAL ACCOUNT: (this is email address registered in PayPal system)

3) Provide us with a signed agreement. I have attached it to this message.
Print it out, sign by pen all three empty fields, take a picture and send in reply. It is important to sign agreement by pen only, not by computer program.
The quality of the picture should be good too and agreement should be readable.

4) Also take a selfie holding signed agreement in hand to confirm your personality. The quality of photo should be good. Your face and signed agreement should be well seen in the photo. We will keep all your information safe and use it only for confirming your personality.

All your personal information will be used only within the corporation and will not be ever shared with anyone.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Looking forward to hearing from you.


_________________________________
David Morgan
SNU Recruitment HR department

 

 

> Absolutely! I’m sorry if I’m getting this to you late. Your reply showed up
> in my spam folder!

> On Tue, Aug 24, 2021, 4:00 PM David Morgan <support@snurecruitment.com>
> wrote:

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On Wed, Aug 25, 2021, 3:08 PM David Morgan <support@snurecruitment.com> wrote:

Hello. Here is the next step for your application!


In order to begin commencing your duties, you should provide us with your postal address where all the shipments will be delivered to.

1) Go to the link below and find full zip for your address. https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction_input

Then copy and paste full address, using standard abbreviations and formatting, to the form below.

Address:
City:
State:
ZIP:

2) Provide phone numbers and PayPal account. We use PayPal for salary transfers.

HOME PHONE:
CELL PHONE:
PAYPAL ACCOUNT: (this is email address registered in PayPal system)

3) Provide us with a signed agreement. I have attached it to this message.
Print it out, sign by pen all three empty fields, take a picture and send in reply. It is important to sign agreement by pen only, not by computer program.
The quality of the picture should be good too and agreement should be readable.

4) Also take a selfie holding signed agreement in hand to confirm your personality. The quality of photo should be good. Your face and signed agreement should be well seen in the photo. We will keep all your information safe and use it only for confirming your personality.

All your personal information will be used only within the corporation and will not be ever shared with anyone.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

_________________________________
David Morgan
SNU Recruitment HR department

 

 

> Absolutely! I’m sorry if I’m getting this to you late. Your reply showed up
> in my spam folder!

> On Tue, Aug 24, 2021, 4:00 PM David Morgan <support@snurecruitment.com>
> wrote:

>> Hello
>>
>> I’m David Morgan, HR manager in SNU Recruitment. All Seasons Trans is
>> offering a full time position for you as Logistic Manager.
>>
>> Attached you’ll find details about compensation, more information and the
>> terms and conditions of your anticipated job.
>>
>> Please read it carefully and let me know if you are interested in moving
>> forward.
>>
>> Waiting for your response today!
>>
>> _________________________________
>> David Morgan
>> SNU Recruitment HR department

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SCAM warning

From Thyrso Tadeusz Sobelski Micali on August 30, 2021 :: 10:53 pm

Exactly the same canned e-mail from a purported David Gordon on August 26th. The next day, one e-mail from a purported William Henderson. Both from Absolute Headhunters Inc. internal e-mail addresses, @absoluteheadhunters.com (for the surprise of zero people, the company doesn’t even exist).


‘If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.’

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John Walsh, Head of Leadership Consulting at Exec Search Pros Inc.

From J on September 10, 2021 :: 3:55 pm

Sent via lantex.net/Mailgun to list ID <The Ladder All Gmail 2019: 1st 2k>

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Head of Leadership Consulting at Exec Search Pros 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 Walsh
Senior Executive Recruiter
Exec Search Pros Inc.

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Regarding Job Opportunity

From Lisa on September 14, 2021 :: 9:51 am

Hello Lisa,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Head of Leadership Consulting at Exec Search Pros 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 Walsh
Head of Leadership Consulting
Exec Search Pros Inc.

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Regarding Job Opportunities

From amanda on September 14, 2021 :: 7:51 pm

I got this also, pretty sneaky!

subject of email: Regarding Job Opportunities  

Hello Amanda,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Head of Leadership Consulting at HQ Headhunters 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,

Victoria Jones
Head of Leadership Consulting
HQ Headhunters Inc.

I googled her and found this:
https://execsearchpros.com/about-us.html#:~:text=Victoria Jones is head of,and goals with lucrative opportunities.

and this site:
https://www.hqheadhunters.com/index.html

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John Walsh moved firms ... Lol

From Harrie on September 14, 2021 :: 9:06 pm

Hello [redacted],

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Head of Leadership Consulting at Exec Search Pros 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 Walsh
Head of Leadership Consulting
Exec Search Pros Inc.

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Another Victoria :)

From Elion Marku on September 16, 2021 :: 1:53 pm

another Victoria smile

Hello XX XX,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Head of Leadership Consulting at HQ Headhunters 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,

Victoria Jones
Head of Leadership Consulting
HQ Headhunters Inc.

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New Name, Same scam -

From Nigel Roberts on September 16, 2021 :: 9:01 pm

Regarding Job Opportunity

Hello ____________

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Head of Leadership Consulting at Exec Search Pros 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 Walsh
Head of Leadership Consulting
Exec Search Pros Inc.

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Regarding Job Opportunity

From Lisa A. Ida on September 17, 2021 :: 9:21 am

Hello Lisa Ida,

I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring new opportunities. I am Head of Leadership Consulting at Exec Search Pros 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,

Victoria Jones
Head of Leadership Consulting
Exec Search Pros Inc.

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