As remote work becomes more common, there is an entire group of people trying to take advantage of this new employment trend for possibly nefarious reasons.

Today we’ll be sharing an experience of ours working with a recent client. Hopefully this will help you if you’re currently conducting a remote hiring process. 

A recent client of ours needed to fill a tech-oriented role with a very specific set of skills. While searching for an appropriate match, we were able to uncover a pocket of people who all lived in the same area, were all from a different geographic area, and worked for the same companies.

After reaching out to them and engaging them in some conversation, we ended up conducting interviews.

During our two interviews with two different individuals, the candidates’ answers were uncannily similar. They were from the same place, they lived in the same place, they worked at the same place, and they said the exact same things.

Both interviews were video interviews. When they entered the call, neither candidate had their cameras on. I had to ask “hey, are you going to be turning your camera on?”

Both apologized and replied “Oh, yeah. Sorry. I thought it was on.” 

We know if our cameras are on or not.

We got the cameras turned on and both were having technical difficulties. These were people applying for a high-level tech job and their own technology wasn’t working. 

After reviewing the information they had sent over and investigating the companies they had worked with, we discovered both had worked for the same two companies over the past five years. We started digging into these websites because, again, something still wasn’t right. 

One of the websites featured pictures of their leadership, so we did a reverse image search and found that every one of them was a stock photo. These were fake websites. 

This is our concern with the new remote work trend. People are using social media websites to falsify personal details to try to get hired. Maybe they’re just trying to make a better living for themselves, but what if this was an accountant or an admin assistant who had access to banking information? What could they do? 

It could be legitimate, but more likely than not, it could be a scam.

If you’re in the process of hiring for a completely remote position, we recommend that you take extra steps to ensure they’re legitimate. We found these candidates on credible websites that are allowing people to create fake profiles to deceive legitimate employers. We all need to be more diligent in this new work from home flexibility environment.

So please be careful when hiring in this new day and age. Do your homework, track them down, ensure previous employers are legitimate. References are no longer an effective way to do that, because if they’ve gone through the trouble to create a website, they have gone through the trouble to set up fake references as well.

So sometimes we need to play detective as this is happening out there.

If you are looking to hire someone remotely that has access to sensitive information, we can do our homework and make sure they are legit. That they are going to be doing the right thing by our business and not using our information against us. 

If you’re hiring for remote positions and want to make sure all your candidates are legitimate, please feel free to contact us via our website or phone number – we would be happy to help. Stop grinding and start growing!


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