JOB FRAUD SUCKS -- TAKE ACTION NOW!
I was minding my own business, job hunting and I found myself in the middle of a huge scam. At first I was angry. I wasted time AND got my hopes up. Now I just want to DO SOMETHING about it. You should too!!! ... Here's how my story began: Yahoo Hot Jobs had a fraudulent ad that I soon found out is the tip of the iceberg on this problem. On their site, Employer# 649062 is a FRAUD. They are reported on multiple web sites, such as... http://scamfraudalert.wordpress.com/2009/04/03/administrative-assistant-company-confidential-2/
I AM VERY ANGRY THAT YAHOO HOT JOBS WILL TAKE FAKE JOB POSTINGS FROM PEOPLE. YOU ONLY WORRIED ABOUT MAKING YOUR MONEY, IN THE MEANTIME YOU ALLOW THEM TO SCAM INNOCENT JOB SEARCHERS! YOU HAVE TO -- HAVE TO CHECK THEM OUT FIRST! PROTECT US!!!
I applied to a job posted on YAHOO'S HOT JOBS, asking for a Receptionist at a Pediatricians Office. Here's the ad from Yahoo Hot Jobs:
Healthcare Receptionist: Company Confidential
Company Name Company Confidential
Job Category Clerical/Administrative; Healthcare
Location Los Angeles, CA - San Diego, CA
Position Type Full-Time, Employee
Salary $17 to $22.50 per hour
Experience 0-1 Years Experience
Desired Education Level High School
Date Posted April 23, 2009
We are looking for a receptionist for our busy pediatrics office. The ideal person is energetic, detail oriented professional. As receptionist your duties will include but not limited to answering the phone, transfer incoming faxes to the appropriate person, and data entry for payroll. Wage begins at $17.00 - $22.50 per hour with pay increases for hardworking employees. Our benefits package includes Health, Dental and vision coverage. Paid time off, Profit Sharing and 401k is offered after 60 days of continuous employment.
Qualified candidates will be contacted within 3-5 business days to possibly schedule an interview.
(Note, a link regarding the employer says the headquarters are in Newark NJ)
The link to apply took me to a funky domain...
It gets better!!! Then I got this: From PerfectCareerCenter.com (which forwards to Career-Networks.com):
Secretary opening available - $25
We are currently seeking a motivated Secretary to join our team as soon as possible. The Secretary will be responsible for various office duties such as answering phones, sending and receiving all faxes, sending and receiving all mail, and ordering office supplies. This position offers $25/hour and includes full benefits, which we will discuss at the time of your interview.
Amy, to avoid being flooded with applications and responses, I have only extended this opportunity to a few people. Your online resume caught my attention, and I would like to start the interview process as soon as I possibly can. I am looking forward to hearing from you today, if at all possible. By clicking the hyperlink below, you can view more information about the position, benefits offered, our company, and send in your application as an interested applicant.
I am interested in applying for the Secretary position.
I hope to receive your application later today!
If you cannot access the webpage through the link above, you can copy and paste the link at the bottom of this message into your browser.
Take_my_name out of future_employment_considerations.
Career-Network, Inc.-- P.O. Box 618305-- Orlando, FL 32861-8305
See this link here? I put it in so you could click on it, and for my privacy, so they won't collect more info on me, I decided to edit a few numbers on it. Well, when I did, it came up with a different scam job, looking for a Hotel Worker. Sheesh! They are reallllllly trying hard to scam people!
When I clicked on the REAL link on my email, discussing my healthcare receptionist job, it was basically the same as the hotel worker link you see above. There was no mention of WHERE the job was. At least with the pediatrician ad it stated Los Angeles/San Diego (which should've been a clue it was a fake ad -- that's a very far roundtrip distance and I doubt they have offices in both areas, or if they could, they would expect a person to work in both offices!)
On the "About Us" Page at Career-Networks.com, it says ANOTHER domain:
Career Network is owned and operated by Three Stars, founded in 2005 by two individuals working from home to start a job board. In four years, that business has grown into a thriving international company with over 500 employees worldwide.
We are one of the largest gateways to employment opportunities on the Internet. Thousands of resumes are posted on our network of job boards daily, cross-posted through multiple channels, portals and search engines. With roughly 1.5 million job seekers applying for positions through our network every month, we provide employers with the most exposure to their vacant positions.
For more information about Three Stars, please visit our site at threestarsteam.com.
What We Do
At Career Network, we pride ourselves on not being your ordinary job board. For employers, we add high-level organization and superior management to their recruiting process by aligning them with qualified individuals and providing a user-friendly back office system that makes managing jobs and applicants easy. They are able to post unlimited positions, control where their jobs are advertised (nationwide, by state or by zip code), and choose their pricing bracket. We offer two different payment options: flat rate and pay-per-applicant.
For job seekers, we offer a vast database of open positions and an easy-to-use format to enhance their job search. Not only are they free to apply for positions at will, but we also invite them to apply for jobs that they are already qualified for.
By using a network of geographic and industry specific job boards, we provide employers and job seekers with options, an important factor to both parties.
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HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT YAHOO JOBS IS ACCEPTING SCAM ADS NOW? I AM GOING TO REPORT THIS FURTHER, TO THEIR DOMAIN PROVIDERS, ETC... THIS IS SICK AND WRONG!!
They have the perfect opportunity to try to STEAL OUR IDENTITIES AS WELL -- JUST ASKING A FEW CHOICE QUESTIONS PUTS US ALL IN JEOPARDY!!
They also appear to be capturing data on whether a person wants to continue their education or start a company, in addition to being a job seeker. I believe they may also be using the info to create sellable lists to make money off of OUR EMAIL ADDRESSES, personalized by what we are seeking online.
Attn FBI -- If You Are Reading This, We Need You To Take Action!
This is the WORST PART OF IT ALL. Please have someone in the FBI's fraud division check it out! It's disturbing!
I did a search on the domain that started this all for me. I found out that in addition to jobsmatchnowemployment.com, these CROOKS have 1, 584 other domains! Please check into this. See http://whois.domaintools.com/jobsmatchnowemployment.com
One of the people who complained reports getting fraudulent charges billed to her cell phone. See /URL removed/ - I am SO scared this will happen to me, because I use my cell on my resume and whenever I fill out an application. This is scary.
Only The FBI Can Hunt These People Down!
I am SO WORRIED ABOUT MY INFO and about everyone who was scammed here. Please PLEASE speak to Yahoo's Hot Jobs and force them to turn over what they have on these people. They must know something, after all, they have financial info, a name, contact info. Please solve a HUGE internet crime ring, to keep us all in this tough time, from losing more than just our jobs!
They are NOT just using Craigslist and Yahoo! They are ALL OVER now, hardly distinguishable from REAL jobs. They are also on SimplyHired.com, small local sites that offer free ads, newspapers, I cannot even guess how far they have gotten. You've got to stop this thing, please...it's out of hand and only the FBI can really fix this now...PLEASE help!
Attention fraudulent job posters -- your days are numbered. You might as well turn yourselves in, because info about you is ALL over the net and it won't be long before you're done!!
Their List of Offending Web Sites, In Part, Includes:
jobsmatchnowemployment.com career-network.com findperfectcareercenter.com perfectcareercenter.com threestarsteam.com threestarsinc.com three-stars-inc.com three-stars-inc.net threestarsinc.info blastcareers.com imageemployment.com greatestcustomcareers.com youlookforcareers.com theconcordcareers.com directcareerjobs.com employmentflash.com twinklecareers.com yourcareerdrive.com career-zoom.com actioncareersonline.com actionmarketingteam.com careernetworksite.net
There are THOUSANDS more, to be sure...I just feel exposed clicking on their links any further.
Others reporting scams from these people:
http://en.wordpress.com/tag/alec-difrawi/ (links to many of the scams listed below)
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/03/stampout2001.shtm (Career Network was in court on this in 2001 -- they didn't learn their lesson!)
Let's WORK TOGETHER to protect ourselves! I have submitted my story to a few sites, but I also submitted this entire post to the FBI! You can too! There's also the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau, etc. Take action, don't let them keep this up! Also, if we don't stop employment sites like Yahoo Hot Jobs from taking their ads, we are all in danger AND getting our hopes up for jobs that don't exist. Report it to them as well, like I did!
Report to the FBI: http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx
Report to the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=en
Report to the BBB: https://odr.bbb.org/odrweb/public/getstarted.aspx
Tell Yahoo Hot Jobs that It's Fraud ! Stop Them From Allowing Fraud to Be Mixed w/Real Jobs.
Go to http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/hotjobs/generaljobs.html. Tell them about Employer #649062, as well as the Action Marketing Team, Employer #730888, which looks more legitimate, but when you access their jobs, it's the SAME forms as the other site. Ugh! (Don't forget to click the REPORT ABUSE link on individual jobs connected to these employers!)