Online Job Scam: Timeline – The Evolution of a Job Scam
This timeline tracks one job scam as it systematically wove its way through dozens of job sites over the course of a year and left multiple victims in its wake. Like a computer virus, the scam has evolved over time. It is an ugly evolution that has substantially harmed job seekers who have fallen victim to it.
The scam began sometime in August of 2003, and as of July 7 2004, is still active. Known names this scam goes under are Unk Electronics, Macrocommerce Intersales, Nanjing Panada*, Antares Electronics, Inc.*, BestElectrics, and Omega Inc. Although the names are different, the likelihood is a very strong that it is all the same job scam.
It is likely that there are many more postings of these jobs than are listed below, but these are the instances the WPF is able to document conclusively.
(Note for text version of report: “PDF” is noted in this text version of the report to denote where documentation of the job listing is available in PDF form. To view the timeline with PDF documentation of the postings, visit the HTML version of the report: The Evolution of a Job Scam. http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/jobscamtimeline.html).
COMPANY NAME posted a job at (job site name) — city job posted at: file download
The company names that the job ad was posted under are in bold. Names researchers have linked to this scam include Unk Electronics, Macrocommerce Intersales, Nanjing Panada Electronics, Omega Inc., BestElectrics, and Antares Electronics. Cities where the job were posted appear next to the name of the job site that posted the ad. Victim events are marked in red. Each posting has some form of corresponding documentation. Listings containing a “PDF” link are those listings that have screen shots of the job listings and/or the job ad. To see the job ad, click on the PDF link and the file will download. If a job was reposted after it was known to be fraudulent, “job reposting” appears next to the date.
For the complete report and findings about this scam, please see http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/2008/07/report-year-in-the-life-of-an-online-job-scam/
UNK Electronics job scam makes first known appearance at PickaJob – job listing PDF
UNK Electronics, Inc. job scam posted at JobSpider- New York. job listing PDF
Victim of UNK scam
Victim arrested, indicted for felony theft
MACROCOMMERCE posted at Preferredjobs.com – Atlanta; PDF.
UNK CareerBuilder – Dallas, Oregon; PDF
UNK posted at Chicago Tribune (via CareerBuilder) ; Unk Chicago Trib listing PDF.
November 18 (approx.)
MACROCOMMERCE posted at PickaJob.com – Phoenix, AZ; Phoenix PDF.
-Victim of Nanjing Panada Electronics
-Victim of Nanjing Panada Electronics
Personal information stolen. Unknown consequences.
UNK posted at JobSpider – New York PDF. Jacksonville FL; PDF actual FL job ad ; PDF 2 of list; Houston Houston Job Ad PDF ; Nov. 24 JobSpider PDF ; Houston PDF 3. MACROCOMMERCE posted at Jobspider – Cincinnati; PDF
-Victim of UNK
-Victim of Nanjing Panada Electronics
MACROCOMMERCE posted at CareerBuilder – Los Angeles; PDF.
-Victim of MACROCOMMERCE
MACROCOMMERCE posted at Preferred Jobs – Cleveland; PDF.
MACROCOMMERCE posted at CareerBuilder – Seattle PDF
WPF first learns of scam when it is contacted by Nick Corcodilos of Asktheheadhunter.com about the scam via a jobseeker tip-off.
WPF begins research on the scam. Finds MACROCOMMERCE job active at Jobvertise – Miami; PDF. PickaJob.com – Wash. D.C., Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix; PDF. The WPF found active postings (already detailed in the timeline) at CareerBuilder, Job Spider, Jobvertise, and PreferredJobs. WPF Notified CareerBuilder, Pickajob, JobSpider, Jobvertise, Preferred Jobs of job scam and requested it be taken down.
Publication of WPF Consumer Alert (Jobseekers warned of jobs from Macrocommerce Intersales, Unk Electronics.) Alert was posted to site, sent to media. Consumer alert: http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/2006/06/consfraudalert1/. At the time the alert was published, the WPF only knew of job postings between November 20 and December 11, 2003.
NANJING posted at Monster.com, Unk ad tried as Nanjing Panada Electronics (email, Monster job #19846633)
January 4; job reposting of Macrocommerce
MACROCOMMERCE reposted at CareerBuilder – Portland Maine Maine Job ad PDF; PDF listing; Atlanta, Philadelphia, Minneapolis; PDF job reposting ; Job repostings on same page as news reports of fraud PDF.
-Victim, Jan. 6 from Maine, MACROCOMMERCE Ad
Bank account numbers stolen, SSN. CareerBuilder notified by jobseeker of job scam.
-Victim, fired from job due to victimization by MACROCOMMERCE job fraud
CareerBuilder notified by jobseeker of job scam.
January 8; job reposting of Macrocommerce
MACROCOMMERCE reposted at CareerBuilder -Minneapolis, Boca Raton, Kissimmee, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Andover Massachusetts; PDF.
January 25; job reposting of Unk
UNK reposted at CareerBuilder – Kansas City; PDF.
Jobseeker email notifying World Privacy Forum of UNK ads exactly like MACROCOMMERCE showing up in Phoenix, AZ. (email)
ANTARES Antares Electronics, Inc. job ad makes first known appearance at CareerBuilder – Florida, Miami, Hollywood FL PDF
February 12; job reposting of Unk
February 19; job reposting of Unk
ANTARES posted at MSN Careers- Ft. Lauderdale, Washington State; ANTARES posted at AOL Careerbuilder – Ft. Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Coral Springs PDF ANTARES posted at CareerBuilder – Miami, Hollywood FL, Brementon, Yolo PDF
ANTARES posted at CareerBuilder – Seattle, Sacramento, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Orlando, Hollywood FL, Miami, Merrillville IN PDF
ANTARES posted at CareerBuilder – Philadelphia PDF
ANTARES posted at Jobvertise — Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Sacramento, Seattle PDF
ANTARES posted at Jobvertise – Philadelphia PDF
-WPF Notified of UNK victim awaiting trial.
ANTARES Jobvertise – Detroit PDF
ANTARES posted at CareerMag.com – Texas PDF
BESTELECTRICS posted at Jobvertise — New York City, San Francisco, Miami PDF
July 3; job reposting of Macrocommerce
BEST ELECTRONICS actively posted at Jobvertise PDF
MACROCOMMERCE actively posted at Jobvertise-powered site 188.8.131.52 – San Francisco, Indianapolis, Orlando, Dallas, Atlanta PDF
As of July 3 this scam was still operational. ANTARES Jobs were posted on Preferredjobs.com in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and Dallas. Other known job sites posting the ANTARES job ad include: AOL.com ,aftercollege.com , australiajobsite.com ,canadajobsite.com , careerspan.com, collegegrad.com (College Grad Job Hunter, Preferredjobs.com, Retiredbrains.com. Other known sites that posted Unk Electronics jobs during this time frame: dallasjobsite.com, jobs.pearlhaven.com, baltimore.4jobs.com, tutorgig.com.
Known Contact Names used in Scam
Known contact names used in this scam include:
Chan Hoi Wo: email@example.com (NANJING)
Wong Po Hang: Wong.Po.Hang@npehk.com (NANJING)
James Brownn (MACROCOMMERCE)
Thomas Becker: firstname.lastname@example.org (MACROCOMMERCE)
Thomas Becker email@example.com MACROCOMMERCE
Ral Fernando (UNK)
Andrew Stevenson firstname.lastname@example.org (ANTARES)
Note on Corporate Name-jacking
Antares Electronics Ltd. is the name of a legitimate company, as is Antares Technology Solutions. There may be other legitimate companies using the name “Antares.” It is an unfortunate fact of scams that the scammers steal company names or names very close to legitimate companies in order to appear “safe.” Additionally, Nanjing Panda is a legitimate company. Note that the scam company name was spelled very similarly to the real company name: Nanjing Panada is the scam spelling— there is an “a” added into the name to confuse job seekers.
At the time this report was published, Monster.com listed jobs from the real Antares employers. As of the last date checked, July 7, 2004, these jobs are not from fraudulent companies.
Roadmap: A Year in the Life of an Online Job Scam – A Longitudinal Study: IV. Timeline: The Evolution of a Job Scam