Job and Recruiting Emails:
Consumer Business Bureau -
Have you received an email like the one below, claiming to be from the
"Consumer Business Bureau" and stating "We are a new and innovative site
designed to act as an advocate for the consumer to successfully resolve
complaints involving consumer to business and/or business to business
transactions involving the sale or advertisement of a service or product."
The email comes from:
We're currently investigating these. The name and text of the email are
IDENTICAL to scams from Ask-America (see this page), a sham
company with a fake address that the BetterBusinessBureau gives an
unsatisfactory rating to.
More evidence that this is likely a scam is:
- A search in Google on March 31, 2007 for "Consumer-Business-Bureau.com"
produces NO results at all.
- They claim to be a consumer complaint reporting firm, but their database
has only 3 listings in it (as of March 31, 2007). By comparison, the BBB's
has tens of thousands.
- And BEST OF ALL: There is NO WAY TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THEM! All of
the links for "File a complaint" lead to "browse complaints". You
CANNOT file a complaint. Isn't that odd for a for a company that
exists to take complaints?
- If you fill out their job application, under their careers section, it
asks for information about how you paid for college, student loans and do
you want to start a business - EXACTLY like many other scam websites that
then send you loan applications and online college applications.
- They are also using an alternative domain name:
It is POSSIBLE that Consumer-Business-Bureau.com is a brand new company, and
that's explains the previous evidence. It could ALSO be a phishing scam and/or
possible job scam.
We believe the latter is far more likely! We'll keep you posted if we find
out more about them.
CFR RECOMMENDS THAT YOU DO NOT GIVE
THEM ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION! We recommend you file a
complaint with the Better Business Bureau, it is free
and easy to do online. Just
fill out the simple form on this page:
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.
See this page for
feedback about Ask-America from other victims!
Below are a number of these suspicious emails received:
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 29 Mar 2007
Subject: Jessica , concerning your online resume
Dear Jessica ,
I recently viewed the resume that you have posted online and have
determined that you are an ideal candidate for a position as a
Membership Specialist with the Consumer Business Bureau. We are a
new and innovative site designed to act as an advocate for the
consumer to successfully resolve complaints involving consumer to
business and/or business to business transactions involving the sale
or advertisement of a service or product.
If you are looking for an opportunity for a true long term career
then you may be the candidate we are looking for.
You will be eligible for the following:
- Highly competitive salary
- Medical, Dental, and Vision plan
- Paid Vacation
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Rapid Fast Track Advancement Program
Our Membership Specialists responsibilities include receiving
information about registered or searched companies and contacting
them in reference to becoming members.
Whether you have extensive experience as a Membership Specialist or
are looking to use your abilities to enter the industry with a great
future, this is the opportunity for you.
If you feel the Membership Specialist position is right for you,
visit the link below and fill out the online application. (If the
link does not work in your e-mail, you may copy and paste the
address in your browser.)
Once the application is completed, I will contact you directly
regarding the position.
Click here to be removed from any future employment offers.
Other Jobs Scams
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