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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 :: 364 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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Thomas Executive Search

From Ian J on September 29, 2021 :: 5:50 pm

Same text as you posted in the article.
Fake names used: Charles Adams, Timothy Smith
Fake company: Thomas Executive Search. 

Figured out it was a scam when I did a WHOIS lookup. 90 days old website for a 25-year-old firm. Yeah, right.

Not to self: next time, do more due diligence before handing over money.

Got directed to and scammed out of $99 on a website called Optimisedresumes.com.

So that’s another name in the scam.

Lesson learned.

Called my credit card co, Barclaycard US within 1.5 hours of the transaction to report it’s a scam and asked them to block it. Nope, they won’t. Say I can file a dispute in 15 days’ time, but can’t block it even though it’s a scam because I authorized it.

School fees.

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That bitch, Victoria

From Dum Eee on September 30, 2021 :: 11:22 pm

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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World Talent Hiring

From K Morgan on October 05, 2021 :: 8:47 am

Here’s another one. “Diana” would nit give me more information about the role. The red flag was directing me to a site that charged for the service to provide my resume. There was also a typo in the body of the email. Here are the two I received:

Hello,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Diana Rogers and I am a Sr. Executives Recruiter in World Talen Hiring 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,

Diana Rogers
Senior Executive Recruiter
+1 (917) 633-8650
World Talent Hiring Inc.
https://worldtalenthiring.com/
1123 Broadway, 4th Floor, Suit 411
New York City, NY 10010

—————————-

Hello,
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://www.cmsoptresume.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.

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almost word for word

From Nawt Tudae Saytin on October 05, 2021 :: 9:57 pm

Not replying to see what the scam is but here’s the email

Hello H Kk,

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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execsearchpros scam

From MZ on October 07, 2021 :: 7:04 am

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,

Victoria Jones
Head of Leadership Consulting
Exec Search Pros Inc.

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exact same scam-mail received 1 Nov 2021

From MSP on November 01, 2021 :: 10:32 am

Hello XXX,

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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John Walsh still at it

From Mike on October 10, 2021 :: 1:53 pm

I’m sort of disappointed that I only received the most generic version of the message:

Hello Mike,,

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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Victoria Jones and Brad Wilson

From JF on October 14, 2021 :: 6:51 pm

These guys continue with their website ON and emails. I realized when they asked me to review my resume with a service (Resume Experts) for free, but the service is not free. Then I searched for them on LinkedIn and there is no trace of them. Then I found this great article and realized how pros are these scammers.
/////////
Hello [edited],

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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One-hire.com

From PJ on October 20, 2021 :: 8:50 am

Same names (john Walsh, Robert Lee), same address (W 21st St NYC) as SN, above, and Executive Circles. Resume problems - referred me to Resume-Experts.net (which generated a response with the email address Ladder Resumes LTD - also what PayPal logged as the company). Unfortunately, did my research after sending them a PayPal for a resume fix. Following up with PayPal and my credit card company to try to claw it back, but looks like it’s an expensive lesson.

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Exec Search Pros Inc.

From Sam Batarseh on October 22, 2021 :: 1:04 pm

Victoria Jones and Brad Wilson from Exec Search Pros Inc are scammer

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I received the Victoria Jones email today

From Janine on October 26, 2021 :: 6:27 pm

Yes, their email does sound too good to be true. Using someone’s first AND last name in a salutation is always a giveaway.  They’re clearly not too smart wink)

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Same email

From Salvatore Capone on October 27, 2021 :: 12:51 pm

Just got same email:

Hello XXXX,

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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Another person/firm to add to scam list---rescued someone I work with from being scammed

From Greg David on October 28, 2021 :: 2:20 pm

From: Richard Taylor <richard@jasonrecruitment.com>
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2021 8:17 AM

Subject: Your Resume - Jason Recruitment

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 Andrew Bone.

We are having an issue with your resume. 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 can load your resume in our candidate tracking system.

I converted the file type and tried both Word and PDF but still having the same issue. 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 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 call you to answer your questions and discuss the next steps. In the meantime please try to get your resume issue fixed so our timing is not affected
Best regards,

Richard Taylor
Senior Executive Recruiter
Jason Recruitment Inc.
http://www.jasonrecruitment.com

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Got the same!

From Grace on November 15, 2021 :: 7:22 pm

Got the same email last week! 😡

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Same SCAM outcome at the end when the opportunity falls apart!!! Received by someone I work with.

From Greg David on October 28, 2021 :: 2:23 pm

From: Richard Taylor <richard@jasonrecruitment.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:47 AM

Subject: Update - Executive Level Opportunities

Hello ,
We just got off the phone meeting with the client. Unfortunately, the deal fell apart due to some conflict of interest. This is a surprise for us as we were under the impression that the deal was already completed and we were expecting to get our retainer agreement signed today. There is another investor who is interested and we have already sent them an intro email, if they complete the acquisition we will try our best to get back on the project.
I really appreciate your time and interest and I am sorry about how this turned out and I hope you understand, this has nothing to do with your candidacy. This is just how these things work sometimes.

I will keep your contact information saved and will contact you if something similar comes up in the future.
Best regards,

Richard Taylor
Senior Executive Recruiter
Jason Recruitment Inc.
http://www.jasonrecruitment.com

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Exec Search Pros Scam

From Not Victoria Jones on November 01, 2021 :: 7:11 am

Same email. Thank you for saving me from a scam


Dear ______,

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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Got the email today

From Jenelle on November 02, 2021 :: 3:36 pm

Received this email today from “John Walsh” and thought it rang false.  In response, I sent him a link to this article.
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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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John Walsh is working with various 'recruiting firms'.

From Ash on November 02, 2021 :: 11:45 pm

Got the same mail today, so I won’t C/P it here. Sent by ‘John Walsh’ of course, but now he’s moved to Exec Search Pro Inc. Their website doesn’t work or does not exist. Take your pick.

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Exec Search Pros Inc - not!

From SASM on November 03, 2021 :: 12:38 pm

Hello [FIRST CLUE - THEY GOT MY NAME WRONG],

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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Executive Level Opportunities

From Me on November 03, 2021 :: 11:26 pm

Hello XXXXX,
I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring Executive Level opportunities.

I am Executive Recruiter of Jason Recruitment Inc., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your Linkedin profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to the job position.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,
Andrew Bone
Senior Executive Recruiter
Jason Recruitment Inc.
http://www.jasonrecruitment.com

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The start of the scam by Jason Recruitment

From Grace on November 15, 2021 :: 7:28 pm

Initial email sent from Andrew Bone followed by another from ‘his team leader’ Richard Taylor.

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Victoria Likes Me Best

From Victoria's Secret on November 06, 2021 :: 1:42 am

Hello [NAME 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,

Victoria Jones
Head of Leadership Consulting
Exec Search Pros Inc.

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Same scam…John Walsh with Exec Search Pros Inc.

From HL on November 08, 2021 :: 8:42 am

Something about it seemed off.  I always search the company that sends the email to see if they have a job board and whatnot.  Of course the website doesn’t work.  So, I’m glad this website was the second entry in my search.

“ 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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yup, same deal

From yup, same deal on November 08, 2021 :: 4:00 pm

email sent from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Hello <name>,

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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Andrew Bone

From Scam me not on December 02, 2021 :: 4:00 pm

Just received the same as others from a Anrew Bone. Same pictures as those on left hand side and text from Jason Recruitment .com

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Thanks for writing this! Just got one

From Jon on December 09, 2021 :: 4:12 pm

Thank you! I almost responded. The red flags are: established 2021, 917 phone number for office, emailed at 3AM CT, mailing list on email is “gd168lhznga54 <Ladders Gmail All 2019: 170k to 180k>”, no Linkedin page.

Here’s the email I received:

Hello xxxxx,

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

I am an Executive Recruiter of Private Equity Corp., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your Linkedin profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to the job position.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,

David Kirk
Senior Executive Recruiter
Private Equity Corp.

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Executive level job opportunities

From Cassandra Colon on February 16, 2022 :: 9:22 am

Same guy as above but a new company:

David Kirk
Senior Executive Recruiter
Exec Recruitment Group Inc.

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Captain Kirk is back to Private Equity Corp.

From Andy on March 08, 2022 :: 8:06 pm

David Kirk
Senior Executive Recruiter
Private Equity Corp.

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Haha, I just got the

From DC on March 14, 2022 :: 10:21 pm

Haha, I just got the same email. Thanks!

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That John Walsh … one busy hustler!

From Ms. H on December 17, 2021 :: 12:35 am

Got this tonight (12/16/21) and the company “website” is a bust …

Hello Xxxxxxx,
I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring Executive Level opportunities.

I am Executive Recruiter of Executives Circle Inc., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your Linkedin profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to the job position.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,

John Walsh
Senior Executive Recruiter
Executives Circle Inc.

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Dec 2021 - Got one from "John Walsh"

From Joy on December 20, 2021 :: 11:34 pm

Regarding Job Opportunities
Inbox

John Walsh <john@executives-circle.com> Unsubscribe
Dec 17, 2021, 12:04 AM (3 days ago)


Hello ___________
I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in exploring Executive Level opportunities.

I am Executive Recruiter of Executives Circle Inc., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your Linkedin profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to the job position.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,

John Walsh
Senior Executive Recruiter
Executives Circle Inc.

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I should have known it was too good to be true

From Shane on January 06, 2022 :: 11:59 am

Hello XXX,

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

I am Executive Recruiter of Lucas Staffing Inc., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your Linkedin profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to one of the open positions.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Amber Smith
Senior Executive Recruiter
Lucas Staffing
http://www.lucasstaffing.com

Hi XXX,

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 Amber Smith.

We are having an issue with your resume. 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 can load your resume in our candidate tracking system.

I converted the file type and tried both Word and PDF but still having the same issue. I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to check your resume through https://upscaleresumes.com/ and see if you can identify and fix the problem.

We have a call scheduled with the client on 4th January and I will try to make a brief introduction. I am available for a call anytime on Wednesday 5th next month. Let me know a time that works for you and I will call you to answer your questions and discuss the next steps. In the meantime please try to get your resume issue fixed so our timing is not affected

Best regards,

Eric Evan
Senior Executive Recruiter
Lucas Staffing Inc.
http://www.lucasstaffing.com

Hi XXX,

We just got off the phone meeting with the client. Unfortunately, the deal fell apart due to some conflict of interest. This is a surprise for us as we were under the impression that the deal was already completed and we were expecting to get our retainer agreement signed today. There is another investor who is interested and we have already sent them an intro email, if they complete the acquisition we will try our best to get back on the project.
I really appreciate your time and interest and I am sorry about how this turned out and I hope you understand, this has nothing to do with your candidacy. This is just how these things work sometimes.


I will keep your contact information saved and will contact you if something similar comes up in the future.

 

Best regards,

Eric Evan
Senior Executive Recruiter
Lucas Staffing Inc.
http://www.lucasstaffing.com

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I got one from a company in the UK

From James Durfee on January 06, 2022 :: 4:23 pm

I did an interview with a Bill Hunter from Plextek Ltd. They even said they would send me a check for my staRT up costs. WHEN I asked if he hAD a LinkedIn account he SAID no.

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Confirm the legitimacy of the Europe jobs and visa solutions agency.

From Nicholas Nathan on January 11, 2022 :: 1:48 am

Hi. I have been communicating with this agency ( Europe jobs and visa solutions)for a week now but I can’t find any information regarding its legitimacy. Has anyone worked with it before or heard about it? I would really love your help to avoid getting conned. Please reply to my email asap please.

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That's not a good sign

From Josh Kirschner on January 13, 2022 :: 12:17 pm

The fact you can’t find any information about a company is not a good sign. Is the actual name “Europe Jobs and Visa Solutions”? If so, seems like an oddly generic name for a company.

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New scammers

From C on January 26, 2022 :: 12:04 am

Hi ,

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 Robert Walter.

We are having an issue with your resume. 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 can load your resume in our candidate tracking system.

I converted the file type and tried both Word and PDF but still having the same issue. 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 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 call you to answer your questions and discuss the next steps. In the meantime please try to get your resume issue fixed so our timing is not affected

Best regards,

Andrew Lee
Senior Executive Recruiter
Mason Executives Staffing Inc.
http://www.masonexecutivesstaffing.com

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Another One - BEWARE!

From Anonymous on January 26, 2022 :: 1:52 am

Great article. Very informative. I received the below email today. The person who sent the email has no LinkedIn profile nor does a profile exist for the company. Also, the social media links on there website don’t work. I decided not to respond to the email. Cheers

Hello,

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

I am an Executive Recruiter of Private Equity Corp., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your LinkedIn profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to the job position.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,

David Kirk
Senior Executive Recruiter
Private Equity Corp.

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DAVID KIRK - PRIVATE EQUITY GROUP IS FAKE AND A SCAM

From Alpha on January 26, 2022 :: 9:57 am

Got this this morning. Red Flags….1) This came to my personal email. 2)Notice the unsubscribe and mailing list in the address 3)David has no LinkedIn 4)Fake Website (canned) 5)no phone number address or website mentioned in the email. 6) mailing list line says “All Gmails Late 2018: 10k to 20k> Filter messages from this mailing list”

Executive Level Opportunities
Inbox

David Kirk <david@privateequitycorp.com> Unsubscribe
7:36 AM (1 hour ago)

date:  Jan 26, 2022, 7:36 AM
subject:  Executive Level Opportunities
mailing list:  dv411bqvy4b42 <All Gmails Late 2018: 10k to 20k> Filter messages from this mailing list
mailed-by:  privateequitycorp.com
signed-by:  privateequitycorp.com

Hello [Redacted],

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

I am an Executive Recruiter of Private Equity Corp., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your LinkedIn profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to the job position.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,

David Kirk
Senior Executive Recruiter
Private Equity Corp.

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Private Equity Group Scam

From S on January 26, 2022 :: 10:52 am

Their website is a copy of Harvard Group International!

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Check out this idiot

From jimbo on January 26, 2022 :: 2:23 pm

Hello Jimbo,

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

I am an Executive Recruiter of Private Equity Corp., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your LinkedIn profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to the job position.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,

David Kirk
Senior Executive Recruiter
Private Equity Corp.

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John Walsh Strikes again!

From Robert Flores on January 26, 2022 :: 7:17 pm

Got this today…. it’s a shame these people target the same folks who are most desperate and trying to get a legitimate job, and not just scam people out of the little money they have when they are unemployed.

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Bob Flores

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Jan 26, 2022 at 2:50:40 PM
   

Hi, Joe.  I am currently in the market and would love to learn more about the opportunity.  Enclosing a copy of my resume for your review and looking forward to hearing from you soon. 

Best,
Bob


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John Walsh

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Jan 26, 2022 at 2:24:26 PM
   
Hello Robert L,

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

I am Executive Recruiter of Executives Circle Inc., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your Linkedin profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to the job position.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,

John Walsh
Senior Executive Recruiter
Executives Circle Inc.

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These Guys Are Good

From Robert Langley on January 27, 2022 :: 3:43 pm

Here is another scam I was getting wrapped up in.
First I received a call. First red flag should have been that AT&T had it flagged as SPAM. The guy left a voicemail regarding a position. So, I called him back. He informed me of a position, Director level, which I am looking for a Director or Deputy level.
Not knowing any better at the time, I gave him my email address, he already had my resume, so he said.
They claimed this position was for Samsung, in a new headquarters, San Jose, CA, for their India division of the company who are expanding.
The next red flag was with a mandate to be a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and can be in process. The “recruiter” told me not to sign up for any course until I was to be scheduled for an interview. I did anyhow. The Recruiter’s Senior got bent out of shape and blamed his guy for not making it clear to me that I was to wait until I spoke with the Senior to schedule the interview.
When I told him who I signed up with he immediately said it received bad reviews. And even stated that the ScrumAlliance have become crooks since the pandemic, taking people’s money. Like this guy is trying to do with me now…? The senior first told me he would send a few course recommendations that Samsung approves of. He sent me one and I could tell the site was a template. I have reviewed so many templates in my career, I know one when I see one. It wasn’t too bad, but a video on the page he sent me wasn’t even working. And, of course, there are no reviews on this training provider. Looks like they’ve rearranged the words a bit too. It is called “The Training Era”. Job Seekers, be careful out there. That would have been a $450 mistake. Or at least trouble to reverse the charge.

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New name - Luis Staffing

From Keri on January 31, 2022 :: 12:53 pm

Thank you for your article which kept me from being fully scammed. I share this to alert others that they are now doing this using the name Luis Staffing - with a legit-looking website and LinkedIn profiles.

The first email I received (word for word to what was shared in the article):

Hello Keri,

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

I am Executive Recruiter of Luis Staffing Inc., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your Linkedin profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to one of the open positions.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Ian Scott
Senior Executive Recruiter
Luis Staffing Inc.
http://www.luisstaffing.com

After I sent the resume, as your article predicted I received this second email about my faulty resume that wouldn’t load - fortunately once I saw it was a site that charged at minimum $100 to fix my resume, and with examples that were terrible, I suspected a scam, and a quick google led me to this story.  After not replying to their email - i have received no further follow-up:

Hi Keri,

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 Ian Scott

We are having an issue with your resume. 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 can load your resume in our candidate tracking system.

I converted the file type and tried both Word and PDF but still having the same issue. I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to check your resume through https://upscaleresumes.com/ and see if you can identify and fix the problem.
We have a call scheduled with the client on Tuesday coming week and I will try to make a brief introduction. I am available for a call anytime on Wednesday. Let me know a time that works for you and I will call you to answer your questions and discuss the next steps. In the meantime please try to get your resume issue fixed so our timing is not affected


Best regards,

Adam Murry
Senior Executive Recruiter
Luis Staffing Inc.
http://www.luisstaffing.com

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John Walsh Back At It

From Nathan on January 31, 2022 :: 11:46 pm

Subject: Executive Level Job Opportunities
Body:
Hello XXXXX,

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

I am Executive Recruiter of Executives Circle Inc., and our client has retained us to fill various senior-level positions in one of their recent acquisitions.

I have reviewed your Linkedin profile and found your skills and experience to be impressive and relevant to the job position.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and the position, we would love to set up a quick phone call. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you all the details about the job.

Please reply to this email with an updated copy of your resume.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,

John Walsh
Senior Executive Recruiter
Executives Circle Inc.

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Resume Scam

From Shawn Bezzant on March 12, 2022 :: 3:11 pm

Here is the organization they are affiliated with:
https://resume-experts.net/

It would be wise to assume they are both scamming organizations.

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Update: John Walsh has changed companies

From BKN on February 01, 2022 :: 1:19 pm

Same email as above from John Walsh except that “he” has evidently moved to “Executive Circle Inc.”.  Am glad to have found this thread to save me the don’t-bother time!

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Scam???

From Nikki Holland on February 01, 2022 :: 2:13 pm

Aaron Mittal <amittal.bbs@gmail.com>
9:37 AM (34 minutes ago)
to me

Dear Prospective Employee,
 

Our Talent Acquisition Consultant has received, reviewed, and evaluated the resume you posted on the Indeed job board, and you have been shortlisted for an online job interview because we strongly believe your skill set meets the desired criteria. The open positions are- Data Entry Representative, Administrative Assistant, Sales Associate, Content Marketing Manager, IT Manager, and Customer Service/Call Center Representative.

Following the newest online screening process introduced by The Bureau of Human Resources, you are required to download the Telegram application (on your mobile device or PC) via telegram.org/apps and set up an account to contact Patrick Hartmann, one of the Hiring Managers, via Telegram Messenger by adding up his profile @patrick_caverion or visit the Telegram link http://www.t.me/patrick_caverion, which can be used to add him for the online interview and comprehensive job details. (If you have an existing Telegram account, you can proceed with it for the online interview).

Our starting salary for the position is $28.75 per hour (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Monday - Friday; full-time & part-time schedule), pay cycle is weekly or bi-weekly depending on your preference.

Benefits & Perks


We design our benefit programs for the unique needs of each employee. Benefits and perks in our current offering are as follows:- the best possible health, dental, and vision care for you and your family, Life Insurance, 401(k) with 6% employer match, Ten (10) days paid leave, Flexible Work Schedule, Dependent Care Account, Health Club Membership (up to $50 per month), Accident and Critical Illness Insurance and College tuition for children of employees.

Why Join Caverion Corporation?


Joining Caverion means becoming part of a successful and committed company, which considers each person as the leader of its own development and performance. We will give you the means to develop your potential. We also seek to protect the environment, minimize any damage to our surroundings, and establish renewable energy sources that will provide sustaining, non-depleting power for generations to come.

Caverion’s corporate culture and behavior play an integral role in how we reward and compensate our employees. To deliver on our brand promise to customers every day, we empower our employees to make a global impact to exceed expectations and achieve sustainable results. In return, we are fully committed to rewarding our employees fairly for their contributions and doing everything possible to motivate, engage, and develop them regarding their personal growth and career advancement.

NOTE:  Your reference code is (CAV-3171). This will serve as your identification number throughout the online hiring process. This email notification is your first step to proceed further; we anticipate hearing from you as soon as possible. If you encounter any difficulty while contacting the Hiring Manager, please reply back for directives. We offer paid training, as we are very interested in your professional development. Your prompt action matters a lot!

 

Best Wishes,

Aaron Mittal

Lead Talent Specialist

Caverion Corporation

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I got the same one!

From brooke on February 10, 2022 :: 8:48 pm

I got the same email, and since I was in the process of applying to jobs all day every day I didn’t think twice when this came in. I set up the telegram and had the interview and whatnot and i genuinely don’t know if it’s a scam of not. I’m still doing the research for it, and looking at their linkd in profiles. Their website only went live this year, despite being created in 2013. They have a Google recognized stock information page, which is good (I think?) and I’m supposed to be receiving all the paperwork of employment tomorrow morning.

I can always come back here and let you know!

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Was this a scam or legit job??

From LS on February 16, 2022 :: 9:38 pm

Just curious if the Caverion Corporation job was a real offer or a scam???
I received the same email today 2/16.
Thanks!

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Real company, suspicious recruitment

From Josh Kirschner on February 17, 2022 :: 10:06 am

Caverion Corporation is a real company. But I find it highly suspicious that they - or any legitimate company - would ever conduct recruitment over Telegram. And why would the email be coming from Gmail instead of the company URL? That along with the odd wording makes me STRONGLY suspect that this is a scam.

Scam or job?

From eboni on March 07, 2022 :: 12:52 pm

I got a text message from this company today and conducted an email via zoom. Is this a real job or is it fake?

Is it real? I got

From eboni on March 07, 2022 :: 12:53 pm

Is it real? I got the same message too and conducted interview via zoom.

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Sounds like a scam

From Henry on March 09, 2022 :: 3:01 am

First red flag, external email, from Gmail
2nd, they never mentioned what which job position they’re looking to fill, and they have already looked at your resume. And there’s no job description.
Even an external recruiter would have told you which position they want to fill and some description regarding the position.

The biggest red flag is asking someone to download something, and even worse, Telegram. Telegram has been associated with pornography, drug and etc. No reputable company would use it let along the “Bureau of Human Resources”

Caverion is a real company. Before moving on, I would definitely call them number on their website and ask questions, especially request to speak with the recruiter and the person who interviewed you. Of the job offer is real then they will be able to confirm it. If they do not know what you’re talking about, then someone was using their names.

Received same email and same ref#-scam???

From LS on February 16, 2022 :: 9:34 pm

Dear Prospective Employee,
 

Our Talent Acquisition Consultant has received, reviewed, and evaluated the resume you posted on the Indeed job board, and you have been shortlisted for an online job interview because we strongly believe your skill set meets the desired criteria. The open positions are- Data Entry Representative, Administrative Assistant, Sales Associate, Content Marketing Manager, IT Manager, and Customer Service/Call Center Representative.

Following the newest online screening process introduced by The Bureau of Human Resources, you are required to download the Telegram application (on your mobile device or PC) via telegram.org/apps and set up an account to contact Patrick Hartmann, one of the Hiring Managers, via Telegram Messenger by adding up his profile @patrick_caverion or visit the Telegram link http://www.t.me/patrick_caverion, which can be used to add him for the online interview and comprehensive job details. (If you have an existing Telegram account, you can proceed with it for the online interview).

Our starting salary for the position is $28.75 per hour (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Monday - Friday; full-time & part-time schedule), pay cycle is weekly or bi-weekly depending on your preference.

Benefits & Perks


We design our benefit programs for the unique needs of each employee. Benefits and perks in our current offering are as follows:- the best possible health, dental, and vision care for you and your family, Life Insurance, 401(k) with 6% employer match, Ten (10) days paid leave, Flexible Work Schedule, Dependent Care Account, Health Club Membership (up to $50 per month), Accident and Critical Illness Insurance and College tuition for children of employees.

Why Join Caverion Corporation?


Joining Caverion means becoming part of a successful and committed company, which considers each person as the leader of its own development and performance. We will give you the means to develop your potential. We also seek to protect the environment, minimize any damage to our surroundings, and establish renewable energy sources that will provide sustaining, non-depleting power for generations to come.

Caverion’s corporate culture and behavior play an integral role in how we reward and compensate our employees. To deliver on our brand promise
to customers every day, we empower our employees to make a global impact to exceed expectations and achieve sustainable results. In return, we are fully committed to rewarding our employees fairly for their contributions and doing everything possible to motivate, engage, and develop them regarding their personal growth and career advancement.

NOTE:  Your reference code is (CAV-3171). This will serve as your identification number throughout the online hiring process. This email notification is your first step to proceed further; we anticipate hearing from you as soon as possible. If you encounter any difficulty while contacting the Hiring Manager, please reply back for directives. We offer paid training, as we are very interested in your professional development. Your prompt action matters a lot!

 

Best Wishes,

Aaron Mittal

Lead Talent Specialist

Caverion Corporation

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Got Contacted by Caverion as well

From Op on March 02, 2022 :: 8:55 pm

I got the same message. “Interviewed” and got the position today. Did anyone ever find out if this is a scam?

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Is it a scam? I

From eboni on March 07, 2022 :: 1:05 pm

Is it a scam? I am wondering too. I did the interview.

Sounds like a scam

From Henry on March 09, 2022 :: 2:45 am

The biggest red flag is asking someone to download something, and even worse, Telegram. Telegram has been associated with pornography, drug and etc. No reputable company would use it let along the “Bureau of Human Resources”

Caverion is a real company. Before moving on, I would definitely call them number on their website and ask questions, especially request to speak with the recruiter and the person who interviewed you. Of the job offer is real then they will be able to confirm it. If they do not know what you’re talking about, then someone was using their names.

It’s a scam

From Takesha Waters on March 17, 2022 :: 9:53 am

It’s a scam

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