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Just seen yet another fake advert, pretending to be from a famous London hotel, asking for candidates, paying £5K a month. What are these bogus advertisers hoping to gain? Some sort of advance fee fraud, or is it they want to harvest personal data from people's CVs?

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So that when they have a real job, they have a pile of Cvs and don't have to pay a recruiter.

How do you know it's fake?

It's definitely fake, lots of clues in the ad so I wasn't surprised to find that was the case. I just wonder what the scammer is up to, I suspect it's advance free fraud. Ad's been removed now

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Collecting CVs for a recruitment site so they can attract big companies because they have the details of lots of candidates.

Without sneding a fake cv with a silly name but your own number you'll never know. When someone rings up and asks for Mr Billybob SankeySoap you'll know what purpose they wanted it for.

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I've seen this for YEARS.

Reed is filled with fake jobs which miraculously nobody gets the applicant count is reduced to zero and it is readvertised a week or so later.

Various reasons:

What Boltonfury said, to bulk up their CV library.

To rebound jobs, so if somebody just got made redundant from a company. The recruiter will send CVs into that company offering a similar person but for lower pay.

To sell to advertising companies.

To get new leads in the agency interview. I.e. they'll ask you so where else have you applied for a job? They will note this down and then send in CVs to these jobs themselves.

Take note that recruitment consultants are lower than a snakes belly and to call them scum would be insulting to scum.

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Collecting CVs for a recruitment site so they can attract big companies because they have the details of lots of candidates.

Without sneding a fake cv with a silly name but your own number you'll never know. When someone rings up and asks for Mr Billybob SankeySoap you'll know what purpose they wanted it for.

Heh, I mess with recruiters a lot because they mess with me..... fake CVs, and radioactively glowing candidates are nice ways to mess with them.

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It's definitely fake, lots of clues in the ad so I wasn't surprised to find that was the case. I just wonder what the scammer is up to, I suspect it's advance free fraud. Ad's been removed now

You get lots of advanced fee frauds in desirable jobs. A while ago there were a few jobs I was drooling at, got to the bottom and was told I had to pay £100 to join the list.

Happens a lot in cruise and flights jobs.

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Just seen yet another fake advert, pretending to be from a famous London hotel, asking for candidates, paying £5K a month. What are these bogus advertisers hoping to gain? Some sort of advance fee fraud, or is it they want to harvest personal data from people's CVs?

Another reason for harvesting CVs is to ask you for references up front, prior to pretending to put you forward for the fake job. Then they pester your referees with cold calls saying they have a large database of CVs, and are you looking for any staff now or in the infinite future?

They also try to wheedle out of you your hourly/annual rate, and what jobs you've applied for so that they can put their own candidate forward at a lower rate.

There are good agencies though, but the industry is infested with spivs. Fast talking jargon babbling 20 somethings seem to be the worst - I guess they're desparate for the comish and seem to think 'blagging' is acceptable business practice.

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I have never been or ever will be a recruiter, but know a couple and I have to say that they are totally above board and genuinely try to help their people.

I'd second this, there's good and bad recruiters but most of them aren't evil. There's a couple I've dealt with an an employer over a long period (15 years plus) who are thoroughly nice people who get repeat business for that exact reason. I've dealt with some sh1ts too, but only ever once. Same as estate agents really.

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Then they pester your referees with cold calls saying they have a large database of CVs, and are you looking for any staff now or in the infinite future?

There was a bit of spate of this a few years back. I got called a few times by recruiters supposedly taking up references prior to putting someone up for a job but obviously trying to figure out if I was hiring - all it got them was a place on the firm's recruitment black list. It seems to have died down now though, guess it didn't really work as a tactic.

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Just to clarify, this wasn't any agency - this was a private individual or group pretending to be a major hotel and pretending to be looking for specialist staff. There were various clues that the ad was a scam which I can't state here as don't want to tip them off on how to get past scrutiny next time, but I can assure you it's nothing to do with any legitimate company or employment bureaux

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I've dealt with a lot of incompetent recruiters who don't know the industry they are recruiting for, bombard the hirer with all sorts of inappropriate CVs on the off chance etc. etc.

There was one who I dealt with, however, who was absolutely brilliant. Took quite some time actually understanding what we wanted and sent me 6 CVs over a period of time, 2 of who were perfect for the jobs available and the commission was half of what the other recruitment agencies were charging. (i.e. his fee was almost reasonable.) He also gave us a good time limit to decide whether we want to keep any employed candidates we trialled instead of the usual month or what have you. If he was as good as that with all his clients, he must have been making a packet.

His boss, a spiv, hated him from what I could tell. He left the industry, which was a pity as we would have sent all our work his way.

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Heh, I mess with recruiters a lot because they mess with me..... fake CVs, and radioactively glowing candidates are nice ways to mess with them.

:lol:

Then there's the old chestnut:

"Have you been to many interviews recently? Could you tell us the names of the companies, so that I know which ones not to send your CV to."

When they really mean:

"Please tell me which companies are recruiting at the moment, so I'll call them and see if I can get a slice of the cake."

Now when I get the question, I give them contact details of people/companies who pissed me off in the past :D

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Seriously, this whole employment agency needs to be regulated more closely. I'm currently unemployed and taking to most people who have been through this process they all agree what a lying bunch of scumbags these agencies are. I hate the fact they are allowed to false advertise jobs and use the aforementioned tricks you have listed. I have wasted hours of my life applying for jobs which do not exist! In fact I'm going to complain to my local MP about it, I would urge everyone on here to do the same. The government could benefit from added tax on these bar stools.

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They should be banned. I've had to deal with them on and off since 1995 aged 17. They have no respect for people. They are simply modern day slave traders.

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I have never liked sending out my CV. It contains very personal information yet you have no control over who sees it.

"Please send me details of when you will be out of the house. In addition I would like to know if you have any home security equipment and what the codes are."

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:lol:

Then there's the old chestnut:

"Have you been to many interviews recently? Could you tell us the names of the companies, so that I know which ones not to send your CV to."

When they really mean:

"Please tell me which companies are recruiting at the moment, so I'll call them and see if I can get a slice of the cake."

Now when I get the question, I give them contact details of people/companies who pissed me off in the past :D

Recruiter pops head up over the parapet.........

Remember the saying 'You get what you deserve'. A good recruiter wont want to waste your time or that of their client by sending you to a job that isnt right for you.

During an interview I have to guage the person and cut through the ******** to see if they really want the job they are applying for, or if it is a fallback (short-term) option for them. Offering false information regarding other applications poses a risk that you will be dismissed from consideration if found out.

I often catch people out for telling me about job roles they claim to have held, but I know they dont exist with the company they claim to have worked at. I would like to think I would spot a good percentage of falsified applications as well.

There is an amazing sense of resentment towards recruiters on here though. I acknowledge some are really bad, but many offer a valuable contribution. Shame on you for constantly working with the crap ones!

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I have never liked sending out my CV. It contains very personal information yet you have no control over who sees it.

"Please send me details of when you will be out of the house. In addition I would like to know if you have any home security equipment and what the codes are."

Easy solution:

- Use an email address specific to job search

- If you're uncomfortable with giving away a telephone number, use a free telephone redirection service

- If you're uncomfortable giving your address, just write town + county + 1st part of postcode, and say that your full address is only available on demand

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There is an amazing sense of resentment towards recruiters on here though. I acknowledge some are really bad, but many offer a valuable contribution. Shame on you for constantly working with the crap ones!

Wouldn't worry about it, there's an amazing sense of resentment towards everyone and everything on here sometimes, it's just the way of the interweb I think.

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