New scams target accounting job seekers



Recruiters are always looking for the next group of bright and enthusiastic young graduates. Unfortunately, the crooks are too.

UHY Advisors executives are sounding the alarm bells on online crooks posing as accountancy recruiters, offering enthusiastic young job seekers new career and internship opportunities. All the applicant needs to do, the scammers tell them, is sign a letter of acceptance and provide personal and banking information, and in some cases, cash payment so that they can be reimbursed for associated materials. when starting their new job.

Rick David, CPA, CGMA, the COO for UHY Advisors, recently reported the news of the scam at a meeting of fellow executives of CPA firms in Michigan, where he previously served on the state board of directors. He also alerted AICPA and other executives of accounting firms to the scam.

Earlier this summer, David and other UHY executives learned that several students or recent graduates had been contacted online by someone posing as a UHY recruiter. Applicants were contacted via Google Hangouts and received documents with a garbled UHY header, poor grammar, and inconsistent fonts. The offer letters mentioned a genuine UHY consultant as the hiring manager, but the contact’s phone number went to a seemingly dead-end Google voicemail account.

When one of the candidates showed up for his first day on the job, he arrived at a UHY office to learn that the job offer was bogus, David said. One candidate said he shared personal and banking information and a prepayment to receive a $ 3,000 reimbursement check for work preparation materials, only to then bounce it back, said David, who declined to share the information additional to protect the privacy of applicants.

“You feel sorry for the students out there who are all struggling to find a place so that they can educate themselves about the affairs of the profession and put their education to work,” David said. “It’s a stressful time trying to find a career, and a position with a top company is hard to find and very meaningful for someone starting out in their career. They are excited, only to have this emotional disappointment. We have to make sure that other young people do not fall prey to this.

Job seekers should thoroughly research any vacancies that are offered to them, advised Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA, AICPA Executive Vice President – Business Services.

“For the candidate, he needs to be diligent in making sure he’s talking to a real person in the company,” Koziel said. “Call the company’s general line and ask to speak to that person. On LinkedIn, search for the person’s profile. All recruiters will have a LinkedIn profile, so if you can’t find it and verify that this is the person you spoke to, it’s probably a scam.

In the case of UHY job applicants, they said they visited a seemingly legitimate website for summer jobs and internships, David said. Scams like this can show up even on legitimate sites for job seekers such as CareerBuilder, LinkedIn and, Koziel said.

“Any organization summary page on LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Monster, CareerBuilder, etc., should make it clear that their recruiters will have legitimate company email addresses, and the interviewee should go to the website. company careers to make sure the work is real. Koziel said.

Since the crooks used a real person’s name, David also advised recruits to email the company recruiter directly or, as Koziel suggested, call them to confirm. that the offer is legitimate.

Companies can also help candidates avoid scams by including statements on their websites and on social media to explain any specific interview practice, such as always conducting in-person or video interviews, David said.

David hopes that sharing information about the scam will prevent more job seekers from falling victim to the scam.

“We are highly respected as a profession and I want it to be,” said David.

Samiha khanna is a freelance writer based in Durham, NC To comment on this article, contact Chris Baysden, responsible for newsletters at AICPA.



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