An FSU student was almost scammed out of about $6,000 by a job posting on FSU’s Ramtrack site early this semester.
According to Jake Livengood, director of Career Services and Employer Relations, the student had already been working for Zexen Consulting Firm as an administrative assistant when she was asked to cash a large amount of money through a wire transfer.
Livengood said the student “would have to complete this wire transfer and be accountable for the money and the funds, but then the other person would actually be able to receive the benefit of the money.”
The student began the transfer, but the wire transfer company held the transaction for a short period of time because it was such a large amount of money. While the transfer was pending, the student contacted Career Services with her concern.
She did not lose any money because of this transaction.
The staff at Career Services then looked into whether Zexen Consulting Firm is a reputable company. The firm did not answer any of Livengood’s phone calls, he said.
While the company was being investigated, its posting on Ramtrack was hidden from view. When Livengood and the staff at Career Services determined it was a scam, the posting was taken down permanently, and the company won’t be allowed to make another job posting.
A Gatepost reporter called the number for Zexen Consulting Firm from the Yellow Book website. “Bo,” who did not want to disclose his last name, said he was the owner of Zexen Consulting Firm, but his company had been inactive for years.
When asked about the Ramtrack website and the FSU student who believed she was working for the firm, he said, “I don’t have any idea about that.”
Livengood explained that there are a lot of new and unfamiliar companies that post jobs and internship opportunities on the Ramtrack site. So the Career Services staff try to validate the legitimacy of these companies, but there often won’t be a lot of information out there about them.
Livengood said the staff at Career Services try to discern whether a job or internship posting is legitimate by searching the company name online, as well as the name with the word “scam.”
Livengood said sometimes it “might not be right up front that these are questionable things.”
He hopes to have a forum with other schools to help other Career Service departments warn each other about scams that have been discovered.
Livengood added that of the 1,574 job and internship postings Ramtrack had last year, “to have only two concerns – it’s good that we found those two, but obviously we want zero, so we take every step to educate our students about areas like that too.”
He added, “We’re here to support them [students], too. … I would be happy to talk to students if they ever have a concern like that.”
The scam has made some students more wary of trusting Ramtrack postings. Sophomore business administration major Camille Pereira said the scam “would make me hesitate. I would be more careful.”
Sophomore biology major Jarin Snyder said, “I would look into it more before I get an internship through it, but I don’t use it a lot.”
Joe Foti, a sophomore history major, said, “I use it myself. There are postings from Framingham grads who want to help people who go here.”
D. J. Singh, a junior business administration major, said, “Compared to Craigslist, which is basically all scams, it’s not bad. I would just use my judgment.”
Freshman biology major Connor Duffy said, “I would just be careful. As long as it’s not a Ramtrack killer, it’s OK.”