'Liars For Hire' Provides Fake References For Job Seekers

fake job references onlineWhen it comes to looking for a job, it pays to be honest. Or does it? A company called the Reference Store has raised the ire of some employment professionals for providing fake references to job seekers with less-than-stellar work histories.

"They are absolutely right. We are professional liars," Everett Davis, Reference Store founder and president, tells KRIV-TV in Houston. The online business fabricates professional resumes and provides credible telephone references for as little as $50.

Davis justifies his enterprise by saying that he's providing a service that helps put people back to work, earning money to pay mortgages, college loans and other bills that might otherwise go unpaid.

Noting that lying on a resume isn't a crime, Davis tells the Fox News affiliate that his service is "perfectly legal," although it may raise moral objections among some.

Likening it to a game, Davis says the retired intelligence professionals he's hired to provide legitimate references are adept at deception and countermeasures.

"It's almost child's play," Davis says of his company's efforts to deceive hiring managers.

Still, Davis says, he will only go so far and won't provide fake references for those seeking jobs in public safety, health care or schools.

"Those are our kids and we are not going to put them at risk," he tells the TV station.

Employment expert Tiffany Higginbotham implores desperate job seekers not to give in to Davis' pitch. Though paying someone a modest sum to provide seemingly legitimate references may seem like a good deal, it could come back to haunt workers.

"This type of situation is a definite setup for failure," Higginbotham says. What's more, many employers have policies that require applicants to provide truthful information on paperwork they provide during the hiring process.

Failure to do so could result in workers finding themselves back on the unemployment line -- should an employer find out.

Liars For Hire - 11/17/11

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Joanne Murray

I unfortunately just don't know anyone who could give me a reference. I've been out of the workforce for 15 years, raising my daughter, and friends have just dropped off along the way. I've been doing volunteer work, but not long enough for someone to be able to give me a decent reference. I'm a hard-worker, easy to get along with, always go above and beyond what's needed, but can't get a foot in the door without references. I end up feeling disheartened.

January 22 2016 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela Kennedy

It's not like people are aiming for jobs they really CAN'T do, they're aiming for jobs they SHOULD be able to get except for lack of relevant enough, recent enough WORK experience. Most jobs out there say that they want a certain level of education but then when you get to the interview all they want to talk about is how your WORK experience makes you right for the job. It makes you want to just tell the interviewer right then and there where they can take that....oh yeah, to court in a FALSE ADVERTISING lawsuit. Of course, if you have to make THAT threat you're already not getting the job anyway. Actual verifiable FAKE references would fill the unnecessary "gap." People who have a problem with this, ARE part of the problem. Work references and experience shouldn't be necessary for just ANY and ALL jobs these days in the first place. I mean, those who demand work references that are verifiable, on "entry level" jobs ANYWAY, are the ones forcing people to turn to faking the damn references. They started it. They should be sued for discrimination and false advertising for having required the references in the first damned place.

May 12 2015 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
White Lies

White Lies does a better job and it's FREE!

February 25 2013 at 11:47 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It like the idea! Think the matter through. Employers don't have time or other resources to do what it takes to find the deception. The Reference Store now gives the average citizen now has an equal playing field to get hired. The overwhelming majority of candidates over exaggerate the truth (LIE) on their resumes or during their interview. Feeding my children and paying my rent is FAR more important than anything else. Do not presuppose that the Employer is "Going to find out." IF they were... it would be well before being hired. Not to mention that, the reference check is but ONE part of the Vetting Process; and its not even the most important part. The INTERVIEW is! Why should anyone wait for their children cry out from hunger? NO! Do what you have to do! Their are bigger more important issue at stake!

January 12 2012 at 2:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Why lie? It's not worth it! You are going to be caught sooner or later. It's just like trying to pass off a fake diploma. And David is right - you will find yourself right back on the unemployment line but this time it might be permanent.
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November 27 2011 at 12:40 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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