By Stephanie Rudnick
Stephanie Rudnick

Over the summer, it came to our attention that unauthorized parties illegally used our brand name, and the names of our employees, to falsely advertise and recruit for fictitious jobs that are not associated with MKTG, and do not exist.

We have taken immediate steps to help remove any fraudulent job postings that were brought to our attention, and are working with internet job boards to help prevent this from happening again. In addition, we reported this matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). For more information on how to identify job scams please visit the FTC’s website https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0243-job-scams.

Please be aware that any communications relating to MKTG job interviews or our recruitment process will come from an @mktg.comemail address or from our partners at Gighire. We do not use any other service to handle our active recruiting process.

Many thanks to our friends at AdAge who worked with us to shine a light on this craziness. Please read below the article directly from adage.com. Thanks

Ed Raldiris, an Atlanta-based creative director, was hunting for a job in early June when he got a promising lead for a gig at IPG-owned PR firm Weber Shandwick.

Radiris got an email claiming to be from the company — saying it was regarding a position listed on ZipRecruiter, a job site, for a work-from-home graphic designer position.

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But alarm bells started to go off for Raldiris when the company asked to set up an interview via Google Hangouts — on chat. When he started the interview, he noticed the interviewer didn’t have the best command of English. The grammar was off, and the questioner never once asked to see his portfolio.

In less than an hour, he had a job offer. “Due to your level of experience and your working skills, the company has decided to hire you as one of our staff,” the interviewer wrote via chat. “You are now a staff of Weber shand wick. (sic) and we hope to see the best in you.”

Now the alarm bells began shrieking. He asked to speak to someone from the agency via phone, but never received a call. When he spotted a LinkedIn post from Weber Shandwick that warned job seekers of the scam — saying scammers had fraudulently used the agency’s name and names of some of its employees to solicit applications for fake jobs, conduct fake interviews and make fake offers — he fired off a response recounting his ordeal.

Though Raldiris has training in IT security, he said the search for the job weakened his usual defenses. “You kind of take off your security hat a little bit,” he told Ad Age.

Raldiris, who is still hunting for a position, is one of at least dozens of job-seekers who have been targeted by a scam that seems tailor-made for the agency world. Multiple agencies say the scam …read more

Via:: MKTG Blog