Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Do you receive job offers or requests for job interviews (out of the blue) from companies you don't know? It's no surprise if you do. The scum that push pyramid schemes (aks, "multi-level marketing") have caught the spam craze and are now soliciting new victims by harvesting email addresses (usually from jobs websites, like Monster.com, Dice.com, HotJobs, etc.).
Basically, there are several types of scams:
This is really just a variation of the Nigerian funds transfer or 419 scam - There is no company, no jobs, just a solitary scammer trying to con you into telling him your personal information so he can steal your identity and order credit cards in your name, or to trick you into sending him money. For a sample email, click here.
- Typically, a few months after you post your resume on a jobs website, you start receiving emails from companies that you have never heard of, like these from Liberty National Recruiting
- If you respond, you typically schedule an appointment for a job interview.
- When you show up, you find out that it is a group presentation and there are many other "candidates" there. In reality, you are showing up for a multi-level marketing presentation, to suck you in to selling their product or services.
Is it a scam? Well, it is definitely misleading and misrepresentation. It is also probably spam - unsolicited business email. They may be trying to argue that the have established a business relationship with you because you have a resume posted on Monster; but that seems a stretch. Write us with your experiences and copies of the emails you receive, to tell us about it! We'll investigate them and publish the results!
In this variation, one of the pyramid scheme companies or MLM's (multi-level marketing) sends you an email to "invite" you to be "interviewed" for consideration as an "associate" or branch manager, or any of a variety of titles and names that represent you paying them to sell their grossly overpriced products. It's a great way to annoy your relatives and piss off your friends and neighbors. Keep pushing the products on people you know to try to make back your fees, and encourage others to sign up as associates and "representatives" or "distributors". Pretty soon you'll have no friends. Oh, and no money...
While there seems to be no perfect solution to spamming, our advice is to:
Not all jobs and recruiting emails are scams or illegal. Some are merely annoying, Complain to Monster.com (if they are coming through Monster) by forwarding a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
This page has information about the Federal Trade Commission's recent law enforcement actions against deceptive commercial email and spammers' responsibilities under the CAN-SPAM law. In the "For Consumers" section, you'll find tips on how to reduce the amount of spam email in your in-box.
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.