McSourcer Scam – Employment Recruitment Scam & Phishing

McSourcer Scam & phishing

Has the recession hit your hard and left you in the job hunt mode? Then it's likely you've uploaded your resume to many places and have sent it out to a plethora of institutions. One way other you are bound to receive an e-mail from the folks at McSourcer.com. So is McSourcer a scam or are they really trying to help you find a job? Well let's find out.

Update August 11th, 2012: Did some thinking and research. This is what I've managed to figure out: McSourcer.com is pretty much a scam/phishing. Stay away. This name has NOTHING to do with other McSourcer named companies such as McSourcerTech. DO NOT accept linkedIn invites from anything McSourcer.com related, nor twitter. So things to avoid are:

http://www.linkedin.com/company/mcsourcer

https://twitter.com/mcsourcer/

Very had any reply, feedback nor conversation with them. 

Until then, I recommend you stay far far away from them/it.

update April 20th, 2011: So, I wanted to make an update to this post since it's getting lots of traffic and (sadly) few comments. If this article helped you please comment 🙂 Also, here is the BBB rating of the company (an F … wow) http://www.bbb.org/chicago/business-reviews/human-resources/mcsourcer-in-chicago-il-88258709

Before doing any internet research let me tell you about my story with McSourcer and my ex job-hunt. Sending out resumes to thousands of corporations isn't my cup of tea, thus I decided to post it on Monster.com and see what can come of it. Sadly nothing, though I did receive a plethora of templated spam-type e-mails from various insurance companies. That aside, I received an e-mail from McSourcer very similar to the templated e-mails I received from other companies. My general response to those e-mails is:

  • Who are you?
  • How did you get my e-mail? (ie: where did they see it)

So I sent this reply to McSourcer:

?Hello Mike,

I'm wondering how you received my e-mail and who referred my resume to you?

After see'ing my resume you should be well aware of my skills and knowledge. How is it that I can help you?

Warm Regards,
— Piotr Krzyzek

I'm not one to take kindly to unsolicited e-mails. Especially one that looks very boiler plate and generic:

Hi Piotr,

Your resume was referred to me recently. Please let me know if you are currently in the job market.

If you're interested in hearing about our job opportunities please register with us online below:

http://mcsourcer.com/register.html

We work on searches across all of the U.S. and some in Canada. Look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Mike McCarthy
Phone: 312.277.1986
McSourcer Recruiting and Staffing
40 E. Chicago Ave. Suite 131
Chicago, IL 60611
http://mcsourcer.myplaxo.com

Remove your email from my contacts by clicking the link below and I promise to never contact you again:

Who can guess what happened next?

  • Piotr,
    I figured these guys were BS so I emailed back in a similar fashion to what you did, not giving any information, but asking what positions they had in my area and if they were just a spambot. Got nothing back. A little googlefu brought me to your blog and a few other places to confirm they are just a scam. Something I was curious about is the plethora of emails I get about supposed IT jobs in my area. I’m guessing these are small 2-3 man “companies” that are fullfilling govt sub-contract slots that are required by the govt of the primaries. (example L3 wins primariy, but is written to sub out 25% positions to small “disadvantaged” companies. I rarely respond to them, but can tell by the info provided that they are actual positions. Im guessing these slots are “jump ball” slots that lots of tiny companies go for and first to fill gets it. Any idea?

    • Well, things get a bit complicated when government stuff comes into play. If you think they are real job postings and you need a job, I’d say go for it. There is a lot of leeway in the job search industry for all sizes for recruiters. Big, medium and small all fill a certain role in the industry. To me, the potential job seeker: I don’t care if it’s Bill Gates himself or a crazy druggie off the street, if they can get me a quality job or at least an interview it’s all the same to me.

  • Really appreciated your info on this company! I got an email from “Mike”, and I’m not even looking for a job!

  • Thanks. I just heard from McSourcer today, and had my doubts. This article was the first thing I found with a web search. Good to know the Interwebz is working to protect its own, if one knows to check things out.

  • Thanks for the heads up Piotr.
    Just got one early this morning this time I checked them before doing anything.
    Before reading your article did little digging myself. Google this ‘McSourcer’ first thing that pop
    was SCAM.
    Yes so true a lot of companies are out to scam you especially ones that don’t give out
    much info. MLM usually ones to try and snag you.

  • These are the same twisted minds that write viruses and send emails that say “tell everyone you know”. It’s all meant to waste your time and resources, as well as solicit your information giving you false hope.

  • I received the saim e-mail today. It SOUNDED very promising. And the web site LOOKS very good.You are given the impression that this is a company that will get to know who you are and then find the right job.I got suspicious, however, when their registration process just kept pointing me to resume posting sites, etc that simply wanted money. Monster, CareerBuilder, and DIce don’t ask for money. And they are recommended by genuine recruiters I know. But nothing is perfect. You will still get those annoying e-mails from people telling you that you have the perfect skill set and experience to be an independent insurance agent!

  • I, too, wondered how my resume got in its hands, and further wondered how it would not correlate a resume with a job search. Enter Google, BBB, and your blog. Thank you for saving me time!

  • Thanks for this. I’ve received e-mails from recruiters before, but when I went to their website, something seemed fishy, or phishy, as it were. So before giving them my info, I did a quick Google search which reveled this article among others which have led me to believe this is a scam.

  • Read their privicy policy. They are right up front saying

    “10.2 What does company do with collected information?

    (a) PERSONAL INFORMATION. We will share any and all personal information you submit to our Company with third parties, who in our sole discretion, may have products or services you will find of interest. We will share your information without your additional consent.”

    Scam.

    • Yeah. They really aren’t that kind. I wonder what they do with our info and if there is a way to erase ourselves from it.

  • Just by their title on their website they sound like a company that will gladly take your money for their (aham) help in finding you a job. Don’t fall for it!
    If you are searching for a job, here’s a sound advice DON’T PAY ANYONE ANYTHING!
    Keep searching! If you need help, search for free help places, your city library , chambers of commerce, small business bureau. DO NOT PAY!!!!

  • Just by their title on their website they sound like a company that will gladly take your money for their (aham) help in finding you a job. Don’t fall for it!
    If you are searching for a job, here’s a sound advice DON’T PAY ANYONE ANYTHING!
    Keep searching! If you need help, search for free help places, your city library , chambers of commerce, small business bureau. DO NOT PAY!!!!

  • I just got one of these. It looked pretty phishy to me as well given the spammy domain name in the link. (emailverifications.com?)

    Spamming from jobsites is enough of an ethical violation for me to never want to work for them. Phishing is worse!

    • You are so right Dana. Lately I’ve been getting similar type of spam, except for SEO, and they wonder why I never ever answer?! Have they thought maybe it’s because they are spamming with me completely generic BS that’s not even relevant to my business needs?

      • Hey Dana,

        The only way I can think of to help stop these emails is to use spam filters and then blacklist the people who send the spam.

        Don’t give out your info to scammers. Do your due diligence! If if smells fishy, it probably is.

        –PK

  • I just received an email from McSourcer. The fact that it’s called McSourcer had me guessing it was spam but I decided to Google the company anyway. The website was to blah for me to be interested in it. I then googled McSourcer Spam. Sure enough, this article was the first option. There has to be a better way to stop these emails. I’m currently unemployed and I would hate to get scammed out of information. I would also hate to miss out on an opportunity because the company website looked weird.

  • This mcsourcer Is still at it. I hope I never filled out any forms etc.

    If they are not doing anything illegal I guess they wont be stopped.
    I would like to report them somewhere to help stop them.
    That kind of email is crappy unsolicited SPAM.

  • Piotr,

    I just read your informative article about McSourcer. I did register with them today, only giving them my resume, which is the same information that is posted on other job boards. The site gave me job offerings, but the site did not ask for any personal information (Credit Card, SSN). The website did lead me to “ResumeRabbit,” which is a paid service for resume posting. I did not sign up with them. After finding out about information on McSourcer from past users, I decided to unsubscribe from the career list that was sent to me, and to block the email and report it as a phishing attack. I was curious to know if there was anything else I should expect to happen from this.

    Thanks.

    • Hello,

      It’s good that you didn’t proceed further with them. What most likely will happen is they sell your info and/or try to spam you in various ways.

      Don’t ever pay anyone to ‘push’ your resume anywhere. They most certainly are a scam/crap. All the quality recruiters take monies on the back-end when they actually do their work of finding you a job!

      Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions or if there is something else I can help you with.

  • I just received an email from McSourcer, and have been receiving the same scam recruitment emails from other placental week. I find it disgusting how people are taking advantage of those of us working hard to find a real job! Thank you for this article. It is nice to see there are some who care.

    And for other readers, avoid job offers from Bankers Life. They are also a scam. It is a real job, but you are only paid on commuting. Saw a few people go further in debt because of that company.

  • Just got an email from this. Luckily I had training in this type of stuff so I knew what was going on. But to the other people who don’t know this is a good site. Thank you for sharing your story I’m pretty sure you helped a lot of folks.

  • I received an email a short while ago and immediately decided to research them. Thanks for this article. I, like you, am not a fan of unsolicited/generic emails pushing employment opportunities that, in all likelihood, are nothing more than bait to get a nibble on the line to set some poor unsuspecting victim up for a scam or simply to be annoyed by further unwanted calls/emails.

  • Hello,
    I too got emails from them. They are a bit more sophisticated now so it really did seem like they were replying to my emails at first. I got different ones telling me to regisiter here and ones sending me job listings etc.
    What i don’t understand is what they get out of it? They pulled my resume from Monster, so they already had my email,and phone. They did not ask for any addtional info, so why contact me? Dop they get some kind of comission if i get my own job from one the websites they sent me to?
    If anyone can shed some light on this, I’d appreciate it.
    Thanks.
    Ps. The linked in site he has up has a bunch of misspellings, etc. not what you’d expect from a real recruiter…

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