Happy new year! I hope you are doing ok these days. I want to share a recent experience through LinkedIn, that I think could be a scam.
Last week, on Monday, Alex Queroz contacted me through LinkedIn offering a job position. That's not something that happens to me every time, but one in a while. As I know that this is kind of a contest I just participate and wait, and usually forget about it in a few weeks because nobody calls. The job was about a project with Node, GraphQL, and React, and even included relocation to the city. I reply to him, said that it sounds like an interesting position, and he then sends me a link to a Google Form Document to be filled. One of the questions made me raise my eyebrows: What is your current salary?
I know some companies still have this kind of questions, I don't know why, but I know they do. So, I just provide the amount.
After I send the Form, Alex then say if I can provide some kind of paystubs or financial proof that I'm earning that amount of money. Because that's very suspicious, I refuse to send him the paystubs by LinkedIn, but he agrees for the paystubs to be sent to an email. The email, by the way, belongs to
thoughtmediajobs.com. I check the page, and it did seem legit. So I send him the paystubs. Of course, with all sensitive information removed. I mean, after all, he only needed the amounts, right?
Wrong. He then says they don't have enough information to know if the paystubs were true, and either I provide bank proof or leave blank the salary part. That got way more suspicious than before and because of that, instead of giving him more information, I ask him why is he asking for such information in the first place. As I said, I know companies still questions the salary, but why do I have to prove that I'm earning that?
He replies to me "Because you are claiming your salary to be much higher than what Seniors developers make in " - the current country I'm living - " so we need proof to match it. If that is really your salary, you should have no problems in sending the requested documents". I must admit, I took that as an insult. He was basically saying that I don't have that much value, that I'm a liar, and I'm willing to falsify documents in order to cover up that lie. I already give him my paystubs, what more does he need?
I question him, how could he know the salary ranges in my country, say that I already give him the paystubs and that I'm offended by the questioning.
That was his response:
I know salaries because [similar positions in the same country] work for us. Salaries are also on many [current country] job sites. If you dont like it, you can find another job but we need proof when we see outrageous salaries like yours. Many foreign developers think no one knows their domestic salary scale. Which is not true. Because all information is now publicly available.
And then, he blocked me. From LinkedIn. Why would you block anyone on LinkedIn? Professionally, only when someone has tried to scam me, they had blocked at the end. The whole situation was really weird.
This is my response to your last message. Don't say if I don't like it I can find another job, because I wasn't looking for a job, it was your offering. It is your problem if you don't believe what I'm currently earning. I don't really know how you are "Lead" in recruitment with that aptitude. You are a very rude person.
The only thing you prove is why companies shouldn't ask for salary anymore. I really hope you can do better next time.
I know is your job to ask, and it's a good thing I guess if we want all to be in the same boat. But only asking the salary that each candidate wants, is a grey area. Asking what is the candidate earning already, is very unprofessional. But if your company is going to doubt about that, please, go somewhere else.
Give value to your time, and others.
I don't know if that was a scam or not. He was trying to get my bank information after all, and probably I wouldn't be writing about this if he wouldn't block me, but that is what happens.
I'm writing this in part to vent me, and in part to warn you about this kind of "unrequested super excited job offers" that maybe only scam.
Does something like this has ever happen to you? I really hope not, but if something like that did happen to you, I would glad if you could share your story in the comments so we can be more aware of this situation.