Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Have you received an recruiting email like the ones below, claiming to be from Online Hiring Network using names:
We have yet to hear from A SINGLE PERSON who has received a job through them. If you have received a job through OnlineHiringNetwork.com or the others above, or have anything positive to say about them - PLEASE WRITE US! So far, all we have seen is very suspicious, at best.
CFR RECOMMENDS THAT YOU DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION UNTIL WE CAN CONFIRM MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THEM!
Do you have a resume posted online? We'd like to hear from you about your experiences recruiting emails that turned out to be scams or misleading - click here to write us.. We suspect these are possibly a new wave of identity theft attacks.
Note: There ARE legitimate recruiting and employment firms on the internet, and some with very similar names to those above. We recommend you check any company out before you give any personal information to them. If they do not have a posted address and phone number, or don't answer the phone, don't give them any personal information! The legal recruiters will be happy to give you contact information, return calls and act in the open!
Report it to the following government agencies:
Notice that the email has a sender address with a different domain than the name of the company and the domain to which you are to respond. That website has an error message and a logon on the home page and nothing else.
Subject: Interested in a Director of HR Services job?
From: Hiring Network Online - Director of HR Services [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Date: Thu 2/7/2008 5:48 AM
Dear Jon ,
I've sorted through the resumes people have posted on the Internet. I recently put yours aside for future reference. I think your Management & Consulting background and training are exactly what my company needs. I'd like to extend an invitation to you to apply for our Director of HR Services job. I have included some facts about the opening below.
Director of HR Services
$60,000 - $90,000: Above Average Income growth incentives
Dedicated professionals with a history of successfully managing and assisting companies are preferred. Go to the Web page to see the entire job description by clicking on the hyperlink. If your browser doesn't support the link, just paste it into your address bar. The page you are directed to gives you the details of the job as well as the application you can submit to be considered by our HR department.
Our HR department will contact you within two business days to schedule an interview, once you submit your application.
Sr. Recruiter, HR Division
I do not wish to be considered for future employment.
They also hid a borderless 1 pixel by 1 pixel image with a link embedded in the email, just before the "I do not wish to be considered..." link:
<img border="0" width="1" height="1" id="_x0000_i1025" src="http://onlinehiringnetwork.com/img2.aspx?id=aatteewwzz7_zzsgfhgjtytkfSDGhgfkughohgvbig0120084ser21&email=JoeBlow@yahoo.com&sub=Letter">
Notice the "under construction" sign in the top right corner. That's not professional. Also notice the links to "Online Casino" and "Online Gambling". Have you ever heard of any credible recruiting company posting links about online gambling? Notice the complete absence of any contact information.
The "hiring managers" link took us to this page, which has nothing about hiring managers. It's for domain name registration.
This is either the most unprofessional website for a recruitment company we've ever seen or a scam of some type. You can make up your own mind!
There are a variety of sleazy scams that look, at first glance, like legitimate job offers. Before you write back to them, pause a moment and read about the scams below!
Some of the more common job scams are