Beware of staffing scam


Beware of an email-based staffing scam, presenting false and misleading information and seeming to represent a second – and legitimate – staffing agency.

Rick P, a local candidate, recently forwarded such an email to us. The subject line was “Your Job Offer,” followed by a bogus ID number. It claimed to have been sent by Sonia Torres from Sequoia Staffing. When he clicked on “Continue with this Job,” it seemed to take him to our website.

The “Job Details” provided were as follows:

“Full family medical coverage will be provided through our company’s employee benefit plan and will be effective on September 1. Dental and optical insurance are also available.

We offer a flexible paid-time off plan which includes vacation, personal, and sick leave. Time off accrues at the rate of one day per month for your first year, then increases based on your tenure with the company.

Eligibility for the company retirement plan begins 90 days after your start date. Direct deposit is available.”

I researched this because it is definitely a staffing scam.  Apparently the scam has bots that troll the internet for the websites of legitimate staffing agencies such as Frank’s Employment.  We don’t know how they find the names and/or email addresses of job seekers.

We do know that this scam is widespread.  The discussion thread on on this topic shows people reporting from several different states, over the course of several months, with identical wording in the bogus emails.    Some job seekers in the discussion report being contacted later by this same scam, trying to elicit payment for fraudulent health insurance.

If you receive such an email, it is not from us!  Our emails come from accounts registered to our domain name.  We recommend that you delete these scam messages from your inbox.  Do not click on the link; do not reply for more information.

Legitimate emails from staff at Frank’s Employment will routinely include our phone number, our business address, and other ways to contact us.  If you ever receive an email that seems to be from us, but you’re not sure, please use the “contact us” function on our website to send us a message to confirm.

by Elyse Williamson

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