Job seekers warned of company scam

Published On: Jun 21 2013 02:17:27 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2013 11:22:04 PM EDT


The Better Business Bureau is warning job seekers of a company tricking people out of their money.

It's called Blackshaw Search and Associates, and it claims to be based out of Jacksonville.

The company website,, says it's an employment assistance firm with a long track record in helping multinational companies find new workers.

Those who have posted resumes with the company tells the BBB they were contacted and told a position was available for them.

They were then given an online link to a pre-employment assessment test that they must take, and told to purchase a study guide for the test.

Complainants say once they purchased the guide and took the test, they never heard back from the company.

Channel 4 Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson said this is another scam to get your personal information and money.

"They're asking for a little bit of money to pay for a study guide. As soon as you release your money and personal information, they have both of those things and they're gone," said Jefferson. "But they're not really gone because your name is going to pop up somewhere else while they're trying to get a credit card."

The BBB did some digging to determine the details of this scam, saying the company only registered a P.O. box in Phoenix, AZ on June 6, the day people started having problems. They claim to be located at 1 Independent Drive in Jacksonville, which is the Wells Fargo building.

The problem is the BBB said there's no record of a company called Blackshaw Search and Associates ever having an office there.

"You've just got to protect yourself," said Jefferson. "They try and get your information really fast without thinking."

The BBB said this is likely an international scammer and they give tips that they're not legitimate, like:

  • Employer emails are filled with grammatical and spelling errors.
  • They send emails to victims claiming there's a problem with their job-hunting account and need to install new software.
  • They also ask for things like social security numbers and bank account information.
  • They offer opportunities to become rich without ever leaving the home.

"Verify, verify and then verify. Contact BBB, you Google the company to see if it's legitimate, how long it's been in business, any ratings as far as reviews from current or former employees," said Jefferson.

You can visit the Better Business Bureau's website by clicking here.


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