Through just a few simple hours of research I have uncovered an ongoing fraudulent operation designed to steal personal details through fake job postings on the internet.
United States,April 16,2012/Free-Press-Release.com/ — Have you ever responded to a job posting with the promise of an interview to follow, and then nothing ever comes of it? Of course you have, its happened to all of us. But what if that company you were supposedly applying to was actually just taking your personal info and reselling it for a profit without your consent?
That’s what appears to be happening with a company based in Orlando, FL. Known as SoftRock, Inc they purport to be a mobile software designer (at least in this incarnation). Taking a leisurely stroll through their webpage lists a whole bunch of fun sounding people and activities and a company that was FOUNDED IN 2005.
Now, if you search for anything about this company you will be treated to a whole host of info concerning their past activities and the many many other companies that these people run that only seem to be in business for a year or so before disappearing completely.
Trust me, there isn’t enough space here to list all of the shady things these people have done. They operate or have operated under at least 15 different names in the past 10 years or so. And all have the same physical address and mostly the same or similar corporate officers.
And unfortunately for our silly fraudsters, doing business in Florida subjects you to Florida’s open records laws. Remember how on their website it says they were founded in 2005. Sunbiz.org, Florida’s webpage for the Division of Corporations, states that their ficticious name was only registered with the state as of March 30, 2012. Here, you can see for yourself – http://www.sunbiz.org/scripts/ficidet.exe?action=DETREG&docnum=G12000031036&rdocnum=G10000115216
Looks like they’ve only been in business for a month, not the 7 years they claim.
This is what I want to stress most to the people of America who like me are out of work and desperate. Research, research, research. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For me, I live in Florida and am very aware of our open records laws and am also aware that unfortunately there are many scammers here. So I feel like I have to research things that just don’t seem right. You reply to their job posting and immediately receive a reply that they want to interview you. That never happens, only in scammy scenarios does that ever play out.
And since its only right that I back up my statements with facts, here are some fun links for you to explore:
SoftRock’s “Timeline” – http://www.softrock.org/timeline.cfm
a press release with completely different info – http://www.free-press-release.com/news-softrock-inc-launches-new-website-1294763368.html
an investigative report by WFTV in Orlando – http://mobileonlinejobs.com/the-internet-company-aka-softrock-org-aka-expand-inc-complaints-about-alec-difrawi-company/
some older blog postings with relevant information – http://exposingemailscams.blogspot.com/2009/06/on-fire-employment-is-fake-part-of.html
Also google search for Softrock, Inc will provide you with some interesting stuff as well as the whois on the domian softrock.org.
In conclusion I just wanted to get this out there so other people can see these people for who they really are. They prey on the out of work and downtrodden in the hopes of making a quick buck.