I’m interested in the job market lately because a good friend is in the middle of a hellacious job search. And because I’m just wrapping mine up. And because unemployment numbers in this country continue to suck.

More and more people are turning to the Internet as a tool to find jobs. It’s almost indispensable, in fact, to any job search. Even if you don’t use the big job sites, you will need to visit your potential employers’ Web sites to learn all you can.

That’s why Jon’s experience caught my eye. He was laid off some time ago and did what millions of others do. He put his resume up at Monster.com, Yahoo Hot Jobs, and career-builder.com.

The result?

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[I received] nothing but scam-scheme-fraud job offers left and right (which I spent the better part of every day looking for information on these companies sending job offers), reported them to their security dept. and several other agencies, and nothing was ever done to these scams-schemes-frauds.

After some BBB complaints I actually received an email from Careerbuilder saying that they are not responsible for scams-schemes-frauds and it’s up to the people using their site to find out what’s a scam-scheme-fraud.

Didja catch that? CareerBuilder.com says it’s not their responsibility to determine what is a real job offer and what is not. Buyer beware. Or in this case, broke and maybe desperate job seeker beware.

What-the-hell ever.

Is it the responsibility of these sites to hold your hand through the process? No. They’re not your mother. You’re supposed to keep your brain turned on.

But any Web site offering a job-related service messes with the real lives of people. They have a moral obligation to either (1) do something to prevent fraudulent use of their service, or (2) post a big giant warning that says, If someone says they found your resume on CareerBuilder, it’s a scheme. Don’t waste your time!

Jon continues:

With that said, I also believe that any legitimate company offering customers a product/service should check anything out before they advertise/offer it to anybody. They however don’t, come to find out their claim is there is too many calls coming in to check everyone , but have a dept. for after the fact situations of scams-schemes-frauds posted on their site. Isn’t that a little backwards? So basically as long as any company/person pays to advertise on your site they can put up any scam-scheme-fraud job posting.

What Kind of Junk Jobs?

When you post your resume at public sites, you are in a sense posting a target to your back. Not always, of course. Not everyone. But far, far too many people receive scam invitations disguised as job offers.

Here’s the kind of crap that CareerBuilder and other large job sites enable:

This is where I was contacted by wealthdci.com-Angela Penbrook productions for rebate processing, which at the time this company didn’t show Angela Penbrooks name or had any ratings with the BBB or any other consumer agency. So I kept reading their site and it looked like something I could do and signed up, which is when I then found out it was one of Angela Penbrook Productions out of Irvine,CA. A quick search lead me to numerous complaints websites going back for years, I quickly felt a punch in the gut feeling and emailed for my 90-day money guarantee. No answer to several emails then I called and called only to receive Lie after Lie that we are processing your refund that never came, so days before my 90 days was up I called my credit card company faxed copies of my emails and their answers to them for proof. I was lucky and received my refund through the credit card company ,which after a few days they acknowledged their investigating dept actually has known about this Angela Penbrook Productions companies.

Jon’s experience with fraudulent “jobs” doesn’t stop there:

Then the emails/calls for representatives out of country jobs> “We heard you were looking for a home business type jobs, since you filled out an application to our service/product” type of stuff was overwhelming. Every day almost 40-70 emails/calls. First I forwarded some of them to the FCC, FTC, BBB, SEC , Attorney General, but none of them had any registered business names with any county clerks office-using mail pick up places as company address’s-etc. etc.

Most stopped and then I recieved an email from HiringMax (Fountain Valley,CA) saying Careerbuilder gave me your info and I am posting your resume on our site for companies to view, you should also stop by one of our work fairs too. I checked this company out, but there is no business registered by that name either with any LA/OC county clerks office for 2 different main offices listed on their website, plus they were using hotel work fairs address’s as one of their company addresses.

So I confronted Careerbuilder about them sending my resume info to HiringMax and was told by a manager they never did any such thing. Then I confronted this “Fred” at HiringMax and he kept claiming CB sent him my info. I asked him how can that be when they said they never did any such thing and my resume was off their site for 2 months? Then he got really rude and, long story short finally said he would take my info off their site, but after searching this company/person out more, I found Ripoff Report complaints from employees and customers that said he would send employees to other companies job fairs to get/sometimes steal people’s info from their lists.

We have seen too many complaints like this about CareerBuilder for me to just cast it off as one person’s bad experience. Monster.com and Yahoo Hot Jobs post plenty of junk jobs (ever search for “telecommuting?” Don’t.), but I’ve never heard of people being directly contacted by fraudsters who say they got their resume from Monster.

Just be extra cautious. As the number of people searching for work increases, so does the number of scum-sucking bottom feeders who are working hard to take your last grocery money from you.

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Join the Discussion

  • LookinHard

    I hear ya! There are so many bogus jobs posted on CB!~ The ones I gat a charge from are when a job that has been on the board for weeks suddenly shows up as “NEW” “NEW” “NEW”!! FRAUD!!

  • Jeff W
    Jeff W

    I’ve been getting responses from jobs I apply to on Craigslist. The problem is they want me to give them a credit report BEFORE they set up an interview. They even recommend a specific credit reporting website. RED FLAG!!!
    I wouldn’t be surprised that there are other job searching websites with phony job ads that want a pre-interview credit report.

  • Elaine Carmack
    Elaine Carmack

    Joe: I didn’t KNOW that this was what IGM was doing… Especially the part about WHO owns the content for a given website… This is scary!! But having gotten this far into it, (1 year) about the only choice I have is to continue writing those stupid $5 articles to try to re-coup the exorbitant fees I already paid…

    • Joe

      Elaine, no, continuing is NOT the only choice you have. How much time does each of those $5 articles cost you? If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’lve always gotten.

  • Jon

    DUH,excuse my brain fart Joe , I was thinking of temporary services and not recruiters. My allergies are killing me right now. Great info on industry job boards too.

  • Joe

    Jon, are you a job seeker? Recruiters should never charge you–their fee is paid by the employer.

  • Jon

    Any suggestions to recruiters that don’t charge? checked out about 10 of them and they all charge a fee.

  • Kirsten

    I used to work in the recruiting industry, so I have a bit of insight as to how the job boards work. First of all, CB has better rates than Monster, which is why it’s more attractive to scammers. Also, when you post your resume on any job board, people who have signed up as employers can search your resume using any search terms they want. Posting your resume is just asking for it. Company reps may post legit jobs on the boards, but they almost never search the boards for candidates. If you do get a legitimate response, it will likely be from a recruiter, so don’t rule them out because they can connect you to a decent job. Just remember what’s been preached on this site – NEVER pay anyone to get a job. Recruiters should get paid by the hiring company, not the candidates.

    If you do want to use job boards to find a job, pick more industry specific boards. An online search can help you find them.

  • Deborah

    Many thanks for your brilliant article about Career Builder. Last year I originally thought they sounded like an excellent source only to find out that what a mistake I made in posting my resume. There were actually several jobs listed for which I knew the company and the principals. I called one of the Human Resource departments only to find out that Career Builder was using their name without being under any type of contract.

    How frustrating–I see the spam for the Nigerian Lotteries, the pleas for help and my personal despised one–the Western Union scam but then we find an employment agency that sounds so very plausible. and yet another scam.

    I think I will go work for 7/11 and dumb down:) Only teasing I have ideas to run by Steve and it is just a matter of time.

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