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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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Received e-mail on 2/1/22

From Patricia on February 01, 2022 :: 11:06 pm

Hello Patricia,

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.

Reply

Scam - received email on 2/1/22

From Pablo on February 02, 2022 :: 12:54 pm

Hello Pablo,

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

I am Executive Recruiter of Mason Executives 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,

Robert Walter
Senior Executive Recruiter
Mason Executives Staffing Inc.
http://www.masonexecutivesstaffing.com

Reply

I got an identical email a few days after you

From Chi on February 03, 2022 :: 5:56 pm

From “Robert Walter”

Reply

John Walsh 2/2/2022

From J S on February 03, 2022 :: 12:29 am

John Walsh <john@executives-circle.com>

Hello <name redacted>,

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.

Reply

Executive Level Job Opportunities

From CBud on February 03, 2022 :: 12:56 pm

Almost word for word…

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.

Reply

Received exactly the same email

From Lnkn on March 03, 2022 :: 9:01 am

Thank you for creating this post.

Received mine Mar 2, 2022. Exactly the same wording.

Reply

Received exactly the same email

From Re on March 04, 2022 :: 1:52 am

Same here! On March 3rd, 2022.

Reply

Me too ... March 31,2022

From Sean Michael Witty on April 01, 2022 :: 12:03 pm

Me too ... March 31,2022

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Being referred me to a recruiter Drew Harman

From Probably A Mark on February 04, 2022 :: 11:25 am

Hello Pa-Mark,

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.

Reply

Still at it.

From Warren Pottenger on February 04, 2022 :: 3:43 pm

Hello Warren,

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.

Reply

Executive Recruitment Scam

From Robert Taylor-Smith on February 07, 2022 :: 9:21 am

LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE STILL “AT IT”!!!


Hello Robert,

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.

Reply

David Kirk initially contacted me, then he said Steven Cole would contact me. Below is the email fro

From Wasted my time, but did not entirely fall for scam on February 07, 2022 :: 5:19 pm

Hi xxx,
I am still having trouble uploading your resume, I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to get a free resume review from https://resume-experts.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.
For reasons of confidentiality and non-disclosure, I am not able to share any details of the vacancy or company with you at this time, unfortunately. However, we have a meeting scheduled with the client today by EoD, and I would love to discuss the opportunity with you in detail after that.
I will be available for a call any time tomorrow. Simply reply to this email and let me know the time that suits you best 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.
I look forward to speaking with you.
Best Regards,
Steven Cole

Senior Executive Recruiter
Private Equity Corp.

Reply

same here. david kirk again.

From bill hudacek on February 11, 2022 :: 10:26 am

my email - clearly duplicate of several I see on this page - but his web site is the real deal. no telling whether he’s one of the many “david kirk” you can find on linkedin (linkedin search sucks for several reasons…).

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

I am Executive Recruiter of Pure 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
Pure Private Equity Corp.

no phone. no URL. you can only reply to his email?

BAD JUJU.

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PrivateEquityCorp.com - same, David Kirk character and same resume-experts.com demand

From Socfem on February 14, 2022 :: 10:50 am

Hello Ida,

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.

Then from his “colleague” Steven Cole who asked me to send him another version of my resume.  Then this:

Hi Ida,
I am still having trouble uploading your resume, I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to get a free resume review from https://resume-experts.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.
For reasons of confidentiality and non-disclosure, I am not able to share any details of the vacancy or company with you at this time, unfortunately. However, we have a meeting scheduled with the client today by EoD, and I would love to discuss the opportunity with you in detail after that.
I will be available for a call any time tomorrow. Simply reply to this email and let me know the time that suits you best 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.
I look forward to speaking with you.

Reply

Hey Josh,A couple of weeks

From Maureen Hulslander on February 14, 2022 :: 10:38 pm

Hey Josh,

A couple of weeks ago (February 2022) I got the below email.  In trying to do some research on the company, I happened upon your article.  Your writing helped confirm the suspicions I had about it being a total scam.  Thanks again for the timely article.  Read on and have a bit of a laugh. 


Hello Maureen,

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.

Reply

Another one

From N on February 15, 2022 :: 1:39 pm

I got this today:

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 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,

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

Reply

CLevelOnly

From Jeffrey on February 18, 2022 :: 11:47 am

Not sure if this is a scam or not; however, I have my resume out there on Indeed and Zip Recruiter, etc. and I received a phone call from CLevelOnly Career Search who claim they have relationships with many companies looking for executives…blah…blah…blah. It sounded interesting like the others so I scheduled a second call with one of their experts. After reading your article prior to the second call I was very suspicious.  I am not sure if they are a legit company or not, but there were many red flags in my research on them. On the phone interview, Susan told me their fee was $3,800 up-front, and then another $3,800 in 30-days and that the company that hires me would definitely make that up to me in bonuses and/or commission.  That’s when I told her it wasn’t for me.  Sounded like a big scam to me!

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Thank you for letting us know about this scam

From Cejane Monteiro on February 25, 2022 :: 12:06 pm

Hi Cejane,
I am still having trouble uploading your resume, I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to get a free resume review from https://resume-experts.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.
For reasons of confidentiality and non-disclosure, I am not able to share any details of the vacancy or company with you at this time, unfortunately. However, we have a meeting scheduled with the client today by EoD, and I would love to discuss the opportunity with you in detail after that.
I will be available for a call any time tomorrow. Simply reply to this email and let me know the time that suits you best 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.
I look forward to speaking with you.
Best Regards,
Steven Cole

Senior Executive Recruiter
Pure Private Equity Corp.

Reply

Similar One

From RakeM on February 25, 2022 :: 2:09 pm

Hello **

I am still having trouble uploading your resume, I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to get your resume ATS optimized from https://Resume-Experts.net

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.

For reasons of confidentiality and non-disclosure, I am not able to share any details of the vacancy or company with you at this time, unfortunately. However, we have a meeting scheduled with the client today by EoD, and I would love to discuss the opportunity with you in detail after that.

I will be available for a call any time on Tuesday. Simply reply to this email and let me know the time that suits you best 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.

I look forward to speaking with you.
Best regards,
Drew Harman
Senior Executive Recruiter
Executives Circle Inc.

Reply

Generic maybe

From Sean T Duley on March 01, 2022 :: 10:39 am

Generic maybe but the email from John Walsh the star of the TV show “American Most Wanted” I received the same email on and when I saw his name my thoughts went right to scam.

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New Company Name

From Fake recruiter on March 01, 2022 :: 10:44 am

I received the below. When blocking the email, it prompted me to also block All Gmails Late 2018: 150k to 175k, so I’m assuming this email list was generated when my email was found on the dark web at that time.


Hello XXX,

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.

Reply

John Walsh Strikes Again... From a New Firm !!!

From J. Graham on March 01, 2022 :: 12:08 pm

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.

Reply

Recruiting scam - Executives Circle Inc.

From Concerned Person on March 02, 2022 :: 1:01 am

SAME…seemed like a scam so I googled and found this Techlicious.com forum. I received the email below. Then, they asked me to resend my resume. I ignored them at that point. Also, I recognized an older male model they used on the website: https://executives-circle.com/about-us.html
  —————
Hello XXXX,

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.

Reply

Sad to hear about this

From Le***** A. on March 02, 2022 :: 3:14 am

Sad to hear about this being a scam. I looked at the website and it was not very well constructed, had grammatical and spelling errors. That’s what got me suspicious. Here’s what I got:

From: David Kirk <david.kirk@privateequitycorp.com> Unsubscribe
5:08 PM Pacific

Hello XXX,

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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same David Kirk jerk

From Keff Jay on March 02, 2022 :: 2:35 pm

Tried to scam me today. I stupidly sent my resume and was excited. Thanks for this post.

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

I am an Executive Recruiter of Exec Recruitment Group 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,

David Kirk
Senior Executive Recruiter
Exec Recruitment Group Inc.

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executives-circle.com - John Walsh

From John Walsh on March 02, 2022 :: 2:41 pm

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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John Walsh Strikes Again

From Jim on March 02, 2022 :: 4:25 pm

Just got the same John Walsh email.  I replied to it and sent him a link entitled “Jim’s Resume.” However, the link is to this webpage.

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Recruiting Scam email

From MeLissa Butler on March 02, 2022 :: 7:54 pm

Hello XXX,

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.
https://executives-circle.com/about-us.html

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"Executive Circles Inc." Scam

From Robert on March 02, 2022 :: 9:33 pm

No company branding…no phone #...
Why not send as a Linkedin DM?
How did they get my email?
Ask for resume before a conversation?
Website = https://executives-circle.com = stock photo looking

If it’s real and they really want me, they’ll find me through LI better.

___

Hello Robert,

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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John Walsh

From John Walsh on March 03, 2022 :: 5:31 am

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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Received several of these in the past couple days

From Adam on March 03, 2022 :: 11:33 am

Received several of these emails in the past couple days. Somehow I got on this list a few years ago as well. Emails are the same as those were.

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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Executive Level Job Opportunities

From Chris on March 05, 2022 :: 2:38 pm

​On Sat, Mar 5, 2022 at 8:42 AM David Kirk <david@pure-private-equity.com> wrote:

Hello Chris,

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

I am Executive Recruiter of Pure 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
Pure Private Equity Corp.

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John Walsh - International Man of Intrigue

From Shawn M on March 08, 2022 :: 8:50 am

I got the below email. John has more than 500 connections but is suspiciously quiet on LinkedIn…no posts or activity at all.

And his LinkedIn company isn’t the same as the company in the email. Same is true for the alleged president of “Executives Circle.”

Hello Shawn,

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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Unlikely the same person

From Josh Kirschner on March 08, 2022 :: 10:37 am

I doubt that the LinkedIn profile you reference is in any way related to the John Walsh in these emails.

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I think it is.

From Shawn M on March 08, 2022 :: 6:12 pm

https://www.linkedin.com/in/[redacted]

A recruiter with no activity on LinkedIn?

Tell me that isn’t suspicious…

[Editor’s Note: I’ve redacted the profile listed because we don’t see any connection between it and the scammers, nor de we suspect it is anything other than a real profile. Simply having low activity on LinkedIn could be due to a number of perfectly reasonable factors (e.g., retirement or simply not having an interest in posting on LinkedIn). The profile in question also had a significant number of connections (500+), further suggesting that it is a valid account.]

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John Walsh is back!

From Geoff Odlum on March 08, 2022 :: 4:25 pm

I just got this email today, and thankfully did some due diligence and found this thread. Beware, “John Walsh” is back, and now trying to scam people with a new company.  Here is the text of the email, very similar to previoou emails:

Hello Geoffrey,

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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Can anything be done?

From Sheri G on March 08, 2022 :: 5:14 pm

I got the David Kirk version today. How do we shut these newer scammers down so not so savvy people don’t fall for their garbage.

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Report as spam and make people aware

From Josh Kirschner on March 08, 2022 :: 6:04 pm

I wish there were an easy solution. The best we can do is report those emails as spam and keep writing articles like this one in the hope people find it in their research before falling for the scam.

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What about LinkedIn?

From Shawn M on March 08, 2022 :: 6:10 pm

Can we report the LinkedIn Profiles they are using to give themselves validity?

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Probably not the right thing to do

From Josh Kirschner on March 08, 2022 :: 6:27 pm

First of all, you may not be looking at the right profile. You found someone with a very common name who happens to be a recruiter - that’s not evidence of any connection to the email, especially since the LinkedIn profile has a different company name. Secondly, there’s nothing to prevent scammers from pretending to be a someone they found on LinkedIn and linking back to their profile to try to demonstrate credibility. I have yet to see any instance with this particular scam where the names the scammers are using are in any way connected to a LinkedIn profile.

My Email from John Walsh used a MailGun mailing list

From Patrick Allan on March 08, 2022 :: 5:48 pm

John Walsh has a profile on the Executives Circle, Inc. About Us web page.  The page says they’ve been offering services for over 30 years.

You would think that after 30 years, they might have some testimonials from satisfied clients, but there aren’t any.

I was going to reply to the message with a link to this article, but my Email program asked me if I was sure that I wanted to reply privately to a mailing list.  When I looked at “All Mail Headers” there were links to unsubscribe and report abuse.  Apparently, the mailing list is called, “All Gmail 2018 200K to 225K” and is hosted by Mailgun.

I reported the list for abuse and unsubscribed—my good deed for the day.

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Email from John Walsh - Executives Circle

From Mike Griffin on March 10, 2022 :: 3:01 pm

I cannot find him or his company on LinkedIn, was my first clue. Same name used in some of the above comments.

Hello <name>,

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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Caverion

From Nicole Mansfield on March 12, 2022 :: 11:13 am

I got the same thing. My interview was through Zoom. The HR person has a legit LinkedIn profile so I’m very confused. Hasn’t asked for any weird info yet. I’m going to see this through a little further amd see what happens.

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John Walsh also works for executives circle

From judy on March 15, 2022 :: 8:48 am

Hello Judith,

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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They are now using Exec Recruitment Group Inc.

From Luis on March 16, 2022 :: 4:37 pm

Hello Luis,

I am still having trouble uploading your resume, I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to get your resume ATS optimized from Resume-Experts.net

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.

For reasons of confidentiality and non-disclosure, I am not able to share any details of the vacancy or company with you at this time, unfortunately. However, we have a meeting scheduled with the client today by EoD, and I would love to discuss the opportunity with you in detail after that.

I will be available for a call any time tomorrow. Simply reply to this email and let me know the time that suits you best 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.

I look forward to speaking with you.


Best regards,

Steven Cole
Senior Executive Recruiter
Exec Recruitment Group Inc.

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Executives Circle SCAM - John Walsh Drew Harman

From BRENDAN PREBO on March 21, 2022 :: 11:07 am

Here’s the email I received, which I’m adding to the discussion in hopes of moving this article up on search queries regarding these recruiters/companies.

Hello Brendan,

I am still having trouble uploading your resume, I asked my colleague and apparently, it is a common issue. He instructed me to ask you to get your resume ATS optimized from https://Resume-Experts.net

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.

For reasons of confidentiality and non-disclosure, I am not able to share any details of the vacancy or company with you at this time, unfortunately. However, we have a meeting scheduled with the client today by EoD, and I would love to discuss the opportunity with you in detail after that.

I will be available for a call any time on Tuesday. Simply reply to this email and let me know the time that suits you best 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.

I look forward to speaking with you.
Best regards,
Drew Harman
Senior Executive Recruiter
Executives Circle Inc.

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Still going strong and 2nd time they have tried

From Beth on April 19, 2022 :: 8:20 am

Hello,

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

World Talent Hiring Inc.

1123 Broadway, 4th Floor, Suite 411

New York City, NY 10010

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Diana Rogers World Talent Inc at it again

From NotDuped on April 19, 2022 :: 8:20 am

Hello XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX,
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 contact https://cmsresexp.com for ATS Compatible Resume.
                               
For reasons of confidentiality and non-disclosure, I am not able to share any details of the position or company with you at this time. I will check my schedule and let you know a few time slots for a brief phone call after the initial process.

Best Regards,
Diana Rogers
Senior Executive Recruiter
World Talent Hiring Inc.
1123 Broadway, 4th Floor, Suit 411
New York City, NY 10010
https://worldtalenthiring.com/

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A New One

From John C Morning on April 26, 2022 :: 8:35 am

Hello,
I hope this message finds you well. My name is Diana Rogers and I am a Sr. Executives Recruiter in World Talent 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
World Talent Hiring Inc.
1123 Broadway, 4th Floor, Suite 411
New York City, NY 10010

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job scam email

From jas on April 26, 2022 :: 12:30 pm

On Apr 26, 2022, at 2:31 AM, John Walsh <john@executives-circle.com> wrote:

Hello xxxxxxxx,

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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