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Career-Network.com / Online scam

New York, NY, United States Review updated:
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Career-network.com is a bogus site that when you apply to a job through Craigslist you are directed to multiple bogus websites under the banner of career-network.com to fill out your personal information including your address and what cell phone carrier you use as well as whether you own your own business and what your credit score is etc.

Another thing is that I took my wife's advice and did NOT provide the 3 references that they had the nerve to ask for. I mean of course on an interview, I would be more than happy to provide the manager/recruiter with the references. But, they asked for names, email addys and phone numbers.

Nothing is ever heard back from them. The email you respond to on Craigslist always has a firstname.lastname@gmail.com. As you can see this is in all cities. I'm looking in NYC. This is really frustrating as I am looking for a genuine job and have wasted my time several times filling out these bogus forms for what sounded like good jobs.

I hope that my personal information, (name, address and phone number), will not be misused.
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Ke
  8th of Oct, 2008
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Wish I had seen these types of posts earlier. I found a job listing at the Indianapolis job board on craigslist today and applied for it. I went through the information section, which was basically my name, address, cell number and provider, home number, and attach resume. Then it asked if I was interested in higher education, if I was interested in learning about insurance, and I said no to both. I have not had problems yet with phone calls or anything, so hopefully this information will not be used in the wrong way. But I also advise that if anyone gets directed to Career Network, Great Career Paths, or a website under their umbrella that they stay away from it. I'm hoping by answering no to all their questions they disregard me.

I did afterwards go back to craigslist and saw the position removed, which prompted my internet search of Great Career Paths, leading me to postings like this. I tried emailing them with the email address on their site, which was immediately bounced back with a damon failure. I also sent an email to Career Networks, which did not bounce back, but I'm sure now won't even be listened to. If I do have any issues I am going to report them.

Best of luck to you, and any other unfortunate souls like myself that fell for this.
Da
  17th of Nov, 2008
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I honesly hope that these complaints are just quirks. Being on the otherside of the coin, looking to hire, I don't want my site to go out as a "scam". We have been looking too hard for phone sales people that want to work at home. It is funny, if someone sees "work at home" they immediately think they have to "buy" something or it is a scam and neither is true in this case. Well, good luck to everyone out there!
Sp
  13th of Feb, 2009
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I fell for it!! I too was looking for a job thought Craigs list might work...but again filled out info and never heard. What are they doing with the info we provide? Who is collecting this info?
Bi
  16th of Feb, 2009
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Why do you assume you'll always hear back about a job? Has every job you ever applied to written you back? In my experience only about 10% actually contact you. It's a little presumptuous to believe that you'd get a call back. I've been laid off for a few months now and have sent in hundreds of resumes, and gotten a handful of call backs to go to cattle call interviews, and only a few people wrote back saying I wasn't qualified. It's people like you who make this whole process that much harder for us nice folks legitimately looking for a job.
Ge
  25th of Feb, 2009
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It seems really suspicious that there would be so many advertisements about colleges, debt consolidation, etc that need to be filled out and clicked through in order to apply for a job. It definitely feels like a scam. I got an email back asking for more information with a login and password, but when going through the info, there wasn't any new information needed. It was just more click through ads.
Jb
  5th of Mar, 2009
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i put my info. into career-network and also thought it might be a scam but finally got a e-mail back from them with job wages, insurance, ect. and qualifications for the job and what positions were offered, but the company name was withheld! they said after reviewing my past info. only a hand full of people were picked. also if you go onto different work sights not all company names are exposed. the only good thing i can think of besides a scam (trying to get good outlook after reading some remarks) is the web site is like a recruiter if they get people to sign up for some of the "learn more" pop-ups maybe they get some kind of a cut if you sign up for allowing them to post things on there sight? it took a while for something to come out of it, but to me it looks lagit! hope well for all!
Le
  16th of Mar, 2009
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to jblaze... I received the same exact e-mail from career network stating that they liked my resume and wanted to start the interview process right away and were only holding the position open for a select few.. blah, blah, blah!!! I wished I would have looked into this company before I posted all of my private info. I guess when it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't fall for "job seeker", career-network, precise careers, etc. they all seem to be a scam
03
  21st of Apr, 2009
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I, too have Career-Network concerns. I'm in the same boat as Bill Durin. I have made finding a job a full time position in itself. I've been out of work for 2, going on three months and I'd say searching for a job every single day for 8-12 hrs, probably 55% (if not more) of the positions have prompted me to go to Career-Network to complete my application.

I have always thought of it as a huge pain and probably waste of time, but I continue to apply in hopes that by some miracle, it really is a legitimate company seeking to fill a legitimate position. I have been out of work and my family has suffered through this too long to pass up a potential opportunity.

I agree with jblaze. I think possibly companies do have to agree to have their applicants jump through hoops to apply for their position, maybe to keep it a free job posting, or something to that effect. And maybe the gmail accounts are only used to free up space in the employers business e-mail so it doesn't get bombarded with our applications. I don't know anything for sure, but would like to.

I have tried to be a good job-seeker and follow-up with any positions that are at least 1 week old, but when I follow-up with anyone who directed me to Career-Network they only reply with the same initial e-mail... Go here and fill this out. It seems to be impossible to get an kind of response out of these people and the hopes of ever finding a job are dashed (when it comes to Career-Network) simply because of this fact. I know it must be a huge undertaking to reply to everyone who applies for any position (with Career-Network or otherwise), but some kind of confirmation must be given. Do I keep trying? Has the position been filled? Was there ever really a position to begin with? Should I move on???

As depressing as it has come to be, I will (probably foolishly) continue to give Career-Network what it wants because I cannot give up hope. I cannot give up a job that just might be real; a job that just might (literally) put food back on our table.

So, good luck to all you job-seekers such as myself. May God bless this nation and take pity on all those who are unfairly jobless.
Ch
  21st of Apr, 2009
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I thought I was about to get an interview. They checked my references, which were stellar, then I have never heard another word from them despite my repeated requests.
Ba
  7th of May, 2009
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I too fell for the career network SCAM.
I filled in all of my personal details for a job through craigslist, then received an email saying that they were starting the interviews and I had been chosen but had to fill in more details...I did (stupid me) but have since received NO interview date and have found out from my previous employer that they contacted him to give them more of my personal details, unfortunately he did but felt so concerned about the questions they had asked that he contated me to let me know about it.
I keep receiving junk and spam from them, which I now just delete.
Somebody high up needs to look into them...goodness knows what they are doing with the info they are collecting on people.
Job seekers...BEWARE!!! Career Network IS A SCAM!!
St
  11th of May, 2009
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I never even been on craiglist and got an email from them.
Thank God I bounced it back . I thought something was fishy.
Thank you for revealing these people as scammers!
Ji
  13th of May, 2009
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More correctly they seem to be phishing for your data. If they call you it will be from a number that reports caller ID as VOXBONE / NY32 646/520-0696.

The girl I talked to tried to suggest they were a 'huge' organization, "as large as monster, hotjob, or any of our other competitors". I vocally doubted her, this was in response to a query of "are you phishing for information or have you some way of establishing the veracity of your 'confidential client' claim"?

She had none, other than the assurances of the company size. She almost tried to suggest they were the 'largest internet job site'.

These people fail. I am writing to the NY State better business bureau as well as the MI one. It is fairly clear, to me as least, that they are attempting to acquire information for the purposes of perpetrating a fraud.

I suggest anyone else who has had contact with them do the same, the BBBs' tend to act upon volume, rather than content, of complaints.
Su
  29th of May, 2009
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I too fell for this scam. In todays economy there are several of us searching for a job and will get caught in a scam or two. However, I would suggest using a reputable site like Monster.com, Yahoojobs, Career Builder, Job Finder. Often you can even search a company's website to view open positions. You can also find obtain listings of job URLs from your local employment office.
N3
  3rd of Jun, 2009
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Yes, obviously they are a SCAM. I have received at least 3 emails from them under various email names, such as: "Aggressive Employment Professionals"; "Upward Motivation", etc. They each have the same language/wordage used -trying to seem legit by making the email personal -using my first name a few times, and job description details (wage, benefits, etc.); interview process; asking if I'm still interested to apply, etc. And they all seem to lead to that "Career Network" site -asking for personal information, and if you interested in furthering your education. I halted giving any personal info., when I realized it didn't seem legit.
It's just sooo lame that these SCAMMERS are out there trying to build up your hopes in finding an actual job.
Just such a waste of time and energy, and so abusive to one's psyche! Hopefully a lot of people will contact the BBB or whomever, to make these scammers go away! 60 Minutes is a good idea too!
Good luck to you all for finding a job... I know I need it.
P.S. Yes, must be craigslist -I can only hope they do something about this too!
Bu
  3rd of Jun, 2009
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I do not trust Career Network. I also have applied to jobs through Career Network around 25 times and have never had a reply directly from the company although I seem very skilled for the positions applied.

They do send letters saying we have only extended this offer to a "few" qualified candidates... I have had this scam letter again and again.

There is never a company name listed - seeming to be a scam.

The pay rates are high - seeming to be a scam.

They earn money when job seekers click on the offers for higher education, credit scores, etc., with out really offering job positions is my thought. Please reply if anyone has ever had a direct reply from a company through Career Network.

Career Network in my mind is a scam, scam, scam.

So, If anyone has a job for the former owner of http://www.BrandsConstruction.com and the owner of http://www.GaragePlansforFree.com website let me know.

Thank You very much.
Mu
  6th of Jun, 2009
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I got the "special" email as well. I answered no to the questions asking if I wanted to further my education. I have gotten 6 calls in the last three days from pain in the ### telemarketers who don't understand I don't want to go to their unaccredited, might-as-well-be-fake school.
Ta
  9th of Jun, 2009
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I made some research and share with you, guys. Don't apply at career-network.com. All positions at this site are somebody's else. So, nobody has ordered verifications from career-network and nobody is interested to get your resume from them more than directly from you. At site they "honestly" state that they will never contact you regarding the job - only direct employer will contact you. It means, that they does not have any agreements with employers and do not get commission for filling the position.

However, You may work with this site IN SOME WAY.

How? Find employer's name or employment agency's name, or another job search site's name against position you are interested in at general list of positions. Go to that site, look for the position which you like and o, surprise! you will find that there is some real employment agency or real site with sometimes listed real direct employer, real contacts. And you may apply for this position without using career-network.com.

Career-network.com site is using somebody's real job postings. And they use applications for various purpose. And bring them to the potential employer is very last one.
Bp
  9th of Jun, 2009
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This organization (if you would call it that) definitely set off my guy instinct about it being a scam from the get go. I did however supply them with my cell phone number to see what would come of it.

The initial contact from the company came last night with a letter reading:

Hi XXXXXX,

I am looking for candidates to fill the Customer Support Center Technician Level I position that we currently have available. As a part of our team you will be responsible for acknowledging receipt of trouble tickets, assignment of trouble tickets, and completion of trouble tickets. In addition, you will be answering calls, granting access to customer premises and installing network cabling. This position offers $18.00 hourly and includes full benefits, which we will discuss at the time of your interview.

XXXXXXXXXX, 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 eager to hear back 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 available candidate.

I would like to apply for the Customer Support Center Technician Level I position.

I hope to receive your application later today!

Good Luck,

L. Barclay
Hiring Manager


Ironically the hyperlink did not provide any further information really (suprising huh?) I filled it out, dumped the number for the front desk of my professional reference's organizations, and handed them dummy emails for the rest.

Then this morning the calls started...

800-973-0379 11:44AM -- Telemarketer for Education, insisted on being added to DNC
800-973-0379 11:50AM -- Asked again to be put on DNC
805-456-1721 2:24PM -- Another Education Telemarketer, asked to be added to DNC list
800-973-0379 2:45PM -- INSISTED on being put on DNC
800-973-0379 5:08PM -- DNC...
646-520-0695 -- Career Network "Verification" line

The career network "Verification specialist" proceeded to simply verify information already on record and to tell me that the call could take up to 45 minutes. It took all of about 5 minutes. At the end of the call I confronted the woman on the phone about the sudden influx of calls when my cell phone has never historically had issues with telemarketers. I asked directly if there was a relation between my application to their site, the constant pestering ads on the site advertising education, and the mysterious appearance of all of these calls catering to, you guessed it, education. I went on to ask if I could opt-out of any sort of program which forwards my information to third parties. The woman on the line replied that she didn't know why the calls were coming and that it was unrelated to her organization.

I will keep you posted as this proceeds, I am documenting it all, including voice recordings (It is legal in my state without consent).

At any rate, be wary, I doubt if any position will come of this, but I will however take a stand against what seems to be a shameful abuse of an economic crisis.
Bo
  10th of Jun, 2009
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I finally got wise to career network and decided to search for a forum where folks had the same experiences. After reading all the posts, it is a mirror image of what has been happening to me.

How dare those a-holes take up valuable time of job seekers who are having a rough enough time finding a job as it is. No telling how much time I've wasted because of those stupid sht-bags! I've been out of work for 4 months and they waste my time...???!!! I'm sick of the whole job-market / job search scene!!! Nothing works anymore.

I hope CN burns in hell!!!
Us
  11th of Jun, 2009
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I too just like everyone else applied and was sent to a third party website. But career - network actually called me today to verify information. After me asking repeated questions I kinda stumped the person and in the end he just said they are a third party company hired on by individual cooperations/businesses. Instructed the next phone call I will receive will be from a manager at that cooperation/business.

In regards to the info requested by career network, as long as they dont have my social security number and financial information relating to banks and credit cards Im fine with them knowing my address and phone number. It takes like 2 secs to hang up on people.

About the education pop ups/questions..alot of places today what motivated people whose willing to expand their knowledge and take on the challenge of school. Even if your not interested sometimes its best to play like you are interested in furthering your education so they think your skills and experiences will be utilized to enhance organizational goals and possible upward mobility is based on job performance.

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