Is It Fraud?

Site provides phony job references for a fee

There's nothing particularly shady-looking about A simple, if clipart-y logo, an actual phone number, clear explanations of services and pricing. But once you take a closer look at what's actually on offer, you can see why they occupy a considerable legal grey area.

For $125, will fabricate a career history you can use to fill out your resume. They'll create a phony website for a phony company, along with a phone number for a company representative waiting to serve as your phony reference.

"We will match your career field to one of our already established virtual companies!" they promise, forcing us to ask how an imaginary company can possibly be established.

The company, which also provides fake references for landlords and vendor applications, was founded by one William Schmidt after experiencing mass layoffs. The site describes itself as a utility for job-seekers who have been rendered unemployable by firings or long gaps in their resume.

To hear them say it, they're providing an important service to those stigmatized by the blight of unemployment. But not everyone sees it that way.

"I get lots of resumes, and I've seen people try to exaggerate it," Jack Dunn, Intel's campus relations manager, told KCRA. "They exaggerate the education, they exaggerate the experience. I see if fairly often, and it's unfortunate, because if you falsify information and you get hired, that could be grounds for termination."

While Career Excuse dodges claims of fraud by pointing out that a resume is not a legal document, that notion was shot down by employment attorney Phillip Mastagni, who told KCRA that lying to employers can put workers on shaky ground, especially those seeking state employment. He also pointed out that victims of workplace sexual harassment can lose a case if the company points out that they have a history of lying.

"Those little white lies that started out the career can come back years later to haunt you in ways you'll never imagine," he said.

Maybe give these guys a miss.

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I used a service like this and it worked for me. I didn't exaggerate my experience though and just needed a good clean recent past that did not lie about my termination. I found a service and it worked. I am not happy about having to go this route, but circumstances dictated I either did this or was going to be terminally unemployed or even worse underemployed.

October 15 2015 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People are getting mad about this being a fraud? We have the biggest fraud in US history sitting in the White House! This SOB is letting in Hispanics by the millions in a country that is going thru a huge CONTRIVED economic downturn. They have gutted the US economy by off shoring millions of jobs to Asia (et al). Not to mention that they are not only letting in illegals, but people from other countries get lots of tax breaks to start business. Ever notice that most gas stations and convenience stores seem to be owned by Pakistani's and Indians?!?

If you can get a job using their services in a time huge lies and corruption in big industry and government, why not use it?!?

March 09 2015 at 2:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The entire country is a FRAUD. Many companies are hiring illegals over and over and claiming ignorance. When they don't hire illegals they are engaging in sophisticated tax schemes to avoid paying taxes. They are outsourcing American jobs to sweatshops overseas. They are engaging in sophisticated trickery here in the states to get away with wage theft. They are fighting to suppress unions to keep workers as vulnerable and exploitable as possible. Employers are now using complex programs that weed out their potential employees resumes using BS metrics.


December 28 2014 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I worked for several companies in the DFW area and I noticed something. These white guys are so smart. They come to a place like Dallas (or any major city) and they FABRICATE THE HELL OUT OF EVERYTHING. They are in their 20's and early 30's and they are holding V.P. positions. The company is in on the ruse. Most of them get hired at legitimate startups that then use their "Fake Experience" to get company contracts. They contract with many large, very well known, Fortune 500 companies.

It's all one lie to the next to the next and by all appearances these people use this fake experience to help build these small companies that are in on it and move on to starting their own companies doing the same thing. Taking inexperienced labor and building them up to look very experienced so that they can sell their services to much larger firms. There is NOTHING in the world wrong with this. It's a competitive world we live in and I say do what you have to do to survive. It's no joke being HUNGRY and Employers now are getting ridiculous. They want PERFECT employees. They don't care about how hard a worker you are. The HR is under pressure to hire YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL People at a very LOW salary. They look for all sorts of gaps and things in your resume to get out of hiring you if you don't fit a certain mold. I say go for this.

December 28 2014 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who cares! America is built on lies

July 12 2014 at 4:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Crap your work life away for $125, stupid is, stupid does. Deserves lifetime of miserable . . .

May 06 2014 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ummm I think they call that fraud.

May 06 2014 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sherman Thomas

if you are caught you this "service" you and they should be charged with FRAUD!!!!!!!!!
If you have not worked for a company or people then you should not use them as a reference or anything else. Once someone finds out you do not have the experience or that you falsified your records, that is terms for dismissal. Now how is that going to look on your resume? Not good and once it is found out you will have a tough time getting any kind off a job let alone a position.
Fraud is Fraud.

May 06 2014 at 4:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

the more apt name for this company is "liars r us".i can't imagine which is worse the company for doing it or the client who would use it.

May 06 2014 at 4:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

My last resume had : 1 company sold and new company went out of business, 1 company just closed, and 1 had that division sold to a new company that took no employees from old company. Forget the Pontiac and Oldsmobile dealerships I worked for, out of business, one even had the building torn down. All legitimate references, just can't be proven. Many places look at those as gaps, take off a year or get laid off in todays economy and many H/R people just say not hirable and ignore resume. And 6.3% unemployment-closer to 16.3% with so many people just no longer looking, take early retirement or on public assistance. It isn't right and can ( will) get you fired, I won't do it, but I also only have to feed, cloth and provide shelter for me and my dogs. No wife or kids, I think I can make it without fibs. Wait until you get laid off and local unemployment is 12% plus all those that just graduated or gave up being counted because no longer eligible for unemployment checks, then this might get you a job.

May 06 2014 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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