CV Appraisal LinkedIn Scam – Global Resumes Alliance(!)

I just got wind of the ‘Global Resumes Alliance (UK)’ about time someone did something about all those rubbish CV/Resumes out there, and a global organisation too. Wicked! However, too good to be true and another scam. Trying to take advantage of those genuinely trying to improve their chances of finding or bettering their employment status, something that is both mentally and emotionally challenging. I really hate these scams.

LinkedIn’s inMail system is normally spam free in the main (they seriously clamp down on ability to mail shot etc) , so this one snuck in sideways. I’m not sure how it got into my inbox. I’ve posted it below in all its pathetic glory:

CV Appraisal offer
CV Appraisal offer

It is a load of nonsense, the profile used to send it ‘Sara Cannon‘ is either fake or compromised. The picture is also most likely generic stock photo stolen of the interweb. There is no corporate entity in the UK with the name Global Resumes Alliance (UK) or anything similar.

Like i’m just so trusting and am going to send my CV to some random email address.

The one bit of useful info is the domain name of the email address, a quick lookup of resumes-uk.org reveals a bit of info:

Registrant ID:HG_27540544
Registrant Name:Christina Taylor
Registrant Organization:Global Resumes
Registrant Street: Far East Finance Building
Registrant City:Singapore
Registrant State/Province:Singapore
Registrant Postal Code:048979
Registrant Country:SG
Registrant Phone:+65.67295824
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email:admin@global-resumes.org

Both the Admin and Tech WHOIS details are the same. Potentially you are about to send your info out to Singapore. So who is this Christina Taylor? I’ve not found any information on her. However the address in Singapore is real, but it is a Virtual Office (any decent scam artist will obfuscate)

The website itself, resumes-uk.org, is fully functional and appears to be hosted in the United States. It is fairly generic and bears some of the warnings of a scam website, it hosts an online shop (please don’t buy anything!) and does not have a contact address or phone number anywhere at all. It only uses PayPal to process payment. Contains generic information and advice, presumably harvested from other sites. Dubious references. It literally takes a couple of hours to put up a website like this.

DO NOT USE any of the services on offer from RESUMES-UK.ORG, especially if payment is involved. You have been WARNED

What to do now?

Oh, I know I’ll send one of my fake CVs out to the email address and see what reply I get! Will update this post on progress…

Too see the results of my contact efforts please see the 2nd part to this continuing saga here http://zulfikar.co.uk/blog/?p=570

Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn https://uk.linkedin.com/in/zulfkar97

45 Comments

  • Joanna Pritchard
    February 19, 2015 - 5:44 pm | Permalink

    thank you for this. I received the exact same message today so will not reply. So glad I found your post here.

    • zulfikar
      February 19, 2015 - 8:14 pm | Permalink

      A pleasure, please let others know where possible.

  • February 22, 2015 - 10:41 pm | Permalink

    What Joanna said – thanks for the heads up; much appreciated.

  • rmcc
    February 25, 2015 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the warning….!

  • Iman
    February 26, 2015 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the heads up. I received a similar message today from “Krystal Fox”… Apparently, she’s the contact for the Gulf region. Funny how the are all “new to the group”:

    I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(Gulf). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resume-gulf.com

    Krystal Fox

    • zulfikar
      March 5, 2015 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

      Hmmm thanks for the info, I’ve sent an email to that address. Will see what transpires.

  • March 2, 2015 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    Thx for the headsup. Just got
    One from gracie leonard with this adress
    cv6@resumewritingusa.org

    • zulfikar
      March 5, 2015 - 11:58 am | Permalink

      That domain name appears to be registered in Queensland, Australia

  • March 3, 2015 - 6:56 pm | Permalink

    All over Linked in and posing in Canada as well. According to other sources they tell you your current CV needs work and for a price they will make these changes for you guaranteeing that if you don’t get a job you get your money back. Nonesense. They have a crew in Singapore who “update” your resume terribly and take your money leaving you no better off than working dilligently on it yourself.

  • M. Jones
    March 4, 2015 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your research, still on linkin in March. New account Lorna Hughes

  • Yvonne
    March 4, 2015 - 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Funnily enough I have just Google them after receiving the same email and your post came up. Thank you for the warning

  • Susan Nguyen
    March 9, 2015 - 7:31 am | Permalink

    I cannot believe that I just received the same message word by word, even the same small “i”s, the strange “i would like a offer”. Only variation is the name to be “Debbie Lawson”, and the address: cv6@resumewritingaustralia.org. And that came through LinkedIn! How come LinkedIn let scams through that easy?

    • zulfikar
      March 12, 2015 - 8:54 pm | Permalink

      I have asked LinkedIn and got no real answer, just a generic stock answer – the type that never answers the Q asked(!)

  • Ian
    March 11, 2015 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    Just received on from Crystal Mason in Australia with a (slightly) different email address

    ‘I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(Australia). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resumewritingaustralia.org

  • Dawn O
    March 13, 2015 - 6:22 am | Permalink

    I just received this message within Canada. Immediately I googled Global Resume Alliance to investigate the validity and the site looked very sketchy. A bit more Google searching and I came across your post. Thank you!

  • aneta iloska
    March 15, 2015 - 10:59 pm | Permalink

    thank you for the heads up, I also received one from Debbie Lawson (Senior Career Associate at Champions Recruiting Australia), they could at least use a company name that exists, because this one sure doesn’t!

  • March 16, 2015 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Another sighting in Canada. Instead of trashing the message, report it as spam (in the More menu). Perhaps with enough notifications, these bots will be bounced off the platform. I think it’s lovely that a Google search for this organization turns up this post. Good work!

  • Adriana Stastny
    March 18, 2015 - 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I just received the same email. Please see below:

    I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(USA). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resumewritingusa.org

    Jasmine Jordan

  • Arianne
    March 24, 2015 - 4:17 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the posts. I have now received several InMails from Global Resumes Alliance(Australia) with different “fake” consultant profiles. All of the profile photos appears to have been photoshop, some more realistic than others. This is definitely a scam of some sort. Hopefully LinkedIn will put it a stop to it soon to save the site’s reputation.

  • Anna
    March 24, 2015 - 3:15 pm | Permalink

     

     
    Gwendolyn Fletcher
    HR Manager
     
     
    I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(Canada). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resumewritingcanada.org

    Gwendolyn Fletcher

  • March 24, 2015 - 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Appreciate the heads up – I received this as well.

  • Imran Khan
    March 26, 2015 - 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I have just received the following email:

    I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(Gulf). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resume-gulf.com

    Esperanza Hawkins

  • Abdulrahman Alsulami
    March 28, 2015 - 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I just received the same email. Please see below:

    I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(Gulf). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resume-gulf.com

    Esperanza Hawkins

  • Sharla blanche
    March 29, 2015 - 7:59 am | Permalink

    Indeed, thank you! My gut instinct is to believe these types of messages are scams, but thank you for confirming. I received this message in the U.S.

  • Michael
    March 29, 2015 - 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Hey thank you for helping everyone out about this! I got the same message:

    I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(USA). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resumewritingusa.org

    Josefina Castillo

  • March 29, 2015 - 8:41 pm | Permalink
    • zulfikar
      March 31, 2015 - 5:23 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Steve, looked at a few of these but they seem to be real profiles. Will keep checking…

  • March 30, 2015 - 1:07 am | Permalink

    Just got one today from a Paula Parker. I wanted to see if the company was legit and saw this info- thanks for posting!!!!

  • Chanel
    March 31, 2015 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this, received the message yesterday but from a Lila Cox with another generic picture from google or something. Definitely wasnt about to send my CV off to some random person without checking the legitimacy of the company. I didn’t find one at all so I’m keeping away from that message in my inbox.

  • P K
    April 1, 2015 - 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this information.
    I received a similar message 2 days ago. See below:

    I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(Canada). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resumewritingcanada.org

    Mable Wallace

  • Darren
    April 2, 2015 - 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your comments, same story with me. if this was a real company they would have stepped in here by now and provided explanation, which they havent.

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  • Bao
    April 6, 2015 - 5:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this up. I was just about to send out my resume but decided to google “Global Resumes Alliance(Canada)” before hand.

  • Sara
    April 7, 2015 - 7:10 am | Permalink

    Mamie Nunez Assistant Business Development Specialist

    I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(Australia). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resumewritingaustralia.org

    Mamie Nunez

    New message yesterday, with a new name, take care.

  • Laurent
    April 7, 2015 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Same story here. Just received an email from “Mable Wallace” Regional Career Executive in Canada. Thanks for posting this up.

  • Cristina
    April 9, 2015 - 9:16 am | Permalink

    I have just got one of this in Spain, here it is:

    “I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(Gulf). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resume-gulf.com

    Barbara Richardson”

  • Lothar Schmitz
    April 9, 2015 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    Got one from ” Barbara Richardson”, too. The text is exactly the same like the one Cristina received. I got it in Brazil…..

    Thanks a lot!!!

  • zulfikar
    April 9, 2015 - 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Thank you/obrigados/gracias to all for reading and for leaving updated information in your comments, the more people we can save from these types of scams the better the world we live in will be.

  • Michelle O'Riordan
    April 14, 2015 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    They have popped in Australia now! http://www.resumewritingaustralia.org/ – seems to have similar Singaporean origins according to Whois. I’ve shared your article on Linkedin and also forwarded the inmail I got to safety@linkedin.com

  • Carol
    April 20, 2015 - 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing, I just got the same Global Resumes Alliance (Canada) and thought it was a scam but this confirms it

  • April 21, 2015 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Three sent to me in recent weeks. Some hilarious images being used (in particular “Zeth Matthews” – check it out, I hope their CV-writing skills are better than their Photoshop skills, though probably not!)

    Hello!

    I am a Professional Career Consultant with EngineerJobs-UK.net.

    I can understand that you are a busy professional and i will keep this message short and concise.

    In addition, i will like to invite you join our exclusive talent database at no cost.

    If you are keen, just forward your resume to us at cv@engineerjobs-uk.net

    Jillian Walsh

    https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/jillian-walsh/b5/28b/9b2
    https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/zeth-matthews/b4/509/809
    https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/dolly-tucker/b6/835/37a

    Note also that Dolly and Jillian would appear to be identical twins!

    • zulfikar
      April 27, 2015 - 10:47 am | Permalink

      OMG the ‘Zeth’ character went to the same University as me, how come I didn’t notice him(?)/her(?)?! They look like faces generated via some kind of in-game CGI or cartoon conversion software, I wonder if anyone knows? Thanks for sharing Nigel, very funny.

  • April 22, 2015 - 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this post, this heads up saved me from would be messes and chaos.

  • May 27, 2015 - 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Here we go… I received one from this “Chris Washington” today (Regional Career Director – KuwaitHuman Resources)

    I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(Gulf). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resume-gulf.com

    Chris Washington

    Thank you for the info Zulfikar!

  • Chloe
    June 2, 2015 - 11:42 pm | Permalink

    I just received this from Australia, too.

    I am with the Global Resumes Alliance(Australia). We suggest candidates to employers and talent acquisition agencies. I saw your profile and would like to establish contact with you for the purpose of future opportunities.

    As i am new in the group, i would like a offer a free CV Appraisal that will be useful to you. Basically, we will appraise your CV based on your profile and how it may help or hinder your job applications.

    To take things forward, just send your resume to us at cv6@resumewritingaustralia.org

    Marina Davidson

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