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Anonymous
Delton, MI, United States
2014-06-02 18:56:25
Job Scam
+4 Bait and switch to a eBook web site for skills assesment test review informationEmail Attached
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Kevin Mayer
Email Address:
   kmayer@deloittesearch.com
I was contacted randomly about a great job in my area. I was willing to believe it because I had been searching, BUT he emailed both email accounts (gmail and yahoo) and I never give both to recruiters. He never answered the question of how he got my name. He said he was having email troubles and apologized for any miscommunication.

Also, I live in a small town and would know about any previous postings of such a great job. I had never heard of this recruiter before. I checked there website (deloittesearch.com) on Google and IP address, which gave unclear results.

He said he wanted to talk and asked when would be a good time. After sending email he responded with,
\"Todd,
Hope your day is going well.
This is Kevin again.
I forgot to send this to you yesterday. Here\'s the link for the skills assessment.\"

And then a link to JUMBABOOKS.COM for an eBook for $19.99. I thought this was weird so I checked the book on Amazon; nothing. The book had no author or ISBN.
Then I found this web site with an almost identical report leading to Jumba Books. I did not buy or even click a link.

One thing that tipped me off was when I sent an email reply, it bounced back and in the body was this:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

kmayer@deloittesearch.com

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain deloittesearch.com by inbound.deloittesearch.com.netsolmail.net. [206.188.198.64].

The error that the other server returned was:
554 5.7.1 The message from () with the subject of (Re: [KJ31-YX5021-2:CFPID] Can we set up some time to talk this week?) matches a profile the Internet community may consider spam. Please revise your message before resending.


Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-06-24 03:04:39
 Scammer
  Information
Scam Website:
   www.jumbabooks.com/
I actually took the pre-skill assessment test and it had pretty legit questions. They were questions that the certification exam would ask. I really did not want to believe it was a scam, but someone spent a good deal of time putting those questions together.. and all for a $19.99 study guide scam?? It was hard for me to believe, but I faced the facts when I received no phone interview on our "scheduled" time.
Completely makes sense now how the scammer made this disclaimer in every email:
"We are still having troubles with our email and phone communication system." Oh gee I wonder why.. maybe because everything is fake?
I learned my lesson.. and others can learn it too.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-06-24 03:04:29
 Scammer
  Information
Scam Website:
   www.jumbabooks.com/
I actually took the pre-skill assessment test and it had pretty legit questions. They were questions that the certification exam would ask. I really did not want to believe it was a scam, but someone spent a good deal of time putting those questions together.. and all for a $19.99 study guide scam?? It was hard for me to believe, but I faced the facts when I received no phone interview on our "scheduled" time.
Completely makes sense now how the scammer made this disclaimer in every email:
"We are still having troubles with our email and phone communication system." Oh gee I wonder why.. maybe because everything is fake?
I learned my lesson.. and others can learn it too.

No Name   (Houston, TX, United States) Added the following extra information on :2014-06-03 19:40:21
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   James H
Scam Website:
   http://deloittesearch.com/
I received the same random email from a Mr. Kevin Mayer about a Plasma Center Technician in Stafford, TC. I was asked to take a Pre Employment Questionnaire as well as a Pre-assessment exam. I was not told which company was actually hiring for this position, nor was I given a location. I still somewhat believe that this may not be a scam, as the Assessment exam seems to be legit, although I have yet to take it. But I was sent a link to jumbabooks.com as well, to review the material before taking the exam, but it seems that it is not mandatory, but just an option.
Also, the deloittesearch contact email always comes back in error, and the phone number doesnt seem to work, always a busy dial tone, which Mr. Kevin Mayer explained as a technical error. But he still claims that he's getting my emails. Hopefully this job offer is the real deal.

Jo   (Philadelphia, PA, United States) Added the following extra information on :2014-06-03 06:12:21
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Kevin Mayer
Email Address:
   kmayer@deloittesearch.com
My experience with this scam is the exactly the same as the previous commenter, except the position I was emailed about was a Training Development Specialist one. I was very surprised when I was asked to pay for an ebook in the amount of $19.99 in order to study for a so called skills assessment test. That immediately alerted me that it was a scam. No legit company is going to ask you to pay for study material, especially for a job that is not guaranteed. Shame on this so called Kevin Mayer for trying to take advantage of people during such a sensitive time as our job search.
I also received the EXACT same back and forth email communication, and the excuse of having email and telephone issues. Please do not be fooled by this company. It is a shame that people can be this evil.

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