Is it a Scam?

Dear Mr. Smith
I came across your resume and was impressed. While I don’t work in your area, some colleagues of mine do and may be able to help you with your job search, and more importantly, help you assess your marketability. We are part of a network of agencies that work strictly on behalf of high-quality management and executive level professionals.
Would it be alright if I forwarded your information and suggest they call you? If so, just reply to n.martin@martinagencies. com with attached resume.
Let me know and good luck!
N. Martin
Nicholas Martin
www.martinagencies. com

If you have posted your resume online, you’ve probably received this exact wording in an email. For further information go to  If an organization is a reputable “executive recruiting” agency, they will never ask you for money because they are paid by the company. It is always in your best interest to seek out credible references and if you are paying for a specific professional service, verify the related credentials of the individual you will be working with prior to hiring them.

Organizations such as HAPPEN, Canada’s Largest Executive Network, provides an excellent venue for job seekers to share information and request references for those companies promising to find you the career of your dreams. Other reputable job search organizations are Monster and WorkopolisExecuNet is a senior executive networking organization facilitated in Canada by Martin Buckland of Elite Resumes for those interested in advancing their careers. None of these organizations will ask you for thousands of dollars.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Job Scams: The Recession Turns Ugly, written by M. P. McQueen reports consumer-protection and law-enforcement groups and better-business bureaus are reporting an increasing number of phony job recruitment and work at home schemes coinciding with the rise in unemployment. Incidents include, identity theft, money laundering, phony executive search firms, bogus work at home opportunities, own-your-own-business schemes and illegal pyramid schemes disguised as multi-level marketing programs.

If you choose not to take heed in the old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true…”, check for verifiable references prior to  providing personal or confidential information and certainly before you hand over any of your hard earned money!

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