I’m a fairly security-minded and skeptical person. I understand the risks involved in posting resumes on things like Monster, Dice, etc, and to be wary once emails started coming in.
Today I received an email from Delany, Byczinski & Potamkin that their recruiting service had a great job that matched my resume. However, the email was written poorly enough to be a base Nigerian phishing scam. Before clicking any links I tapped into the internet and did a little research.
The feedback sitting out there is a bit staggering. It appears that Delany, Byczinski & Potamkin is another link in a chain of scam recruiting companies that elicit money from job seekers with the promise of good placement. This is but one link in a chain of (the same?) companies called:
DPB (Delany, Byczinski & Potamkin)
that take thousands of dollars from you (often stuck on a credit or debit card) promise lofty job positions and don’t deliver. Moreover they don’t attack just by email but through phone calls and even personal interviews?!
What alarms me is I’m not a young kid just graduating college (for the first time). I’ve been in the workforce for over a decade and never heard of these scams before. I listen to a lot of tech and tech-security minded podcasts and never heard this issue raised before. I know a lot of IT people in the field and never heard of them talk about this before.
The number of testimonials from people on the web that have been taken by these people seems high once you know what to look for.
So my question now remains – why does this topic seem so well buried? Especially an in economy where money is tight and jobs are extremely valued is no one waving a giant, huge, enormous warning flag about this?
There’s obviously a larger story here. It’ll be interesting to see how it unravels.