Linkedin, Google Not Helping Stop Recruiting Scam

My company Coalition Technologies has recently discovered a scammer is impersonating recruiters from our company using gmail addresses and fake but similar domains to ours. We have reported this to the local police and FBI for assistance. This scam is active and ongoing and new victims 

The scam appears to be that the criminal uses fake Linkedin profiles (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-rodriguez-0ab0524/) they associate with our company (there is no way for us to remove these fake people as you can read here – https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/1589/removing-people-from-a-linkedin-page?lang=en). The scammer then uses misspelled versions of our domain registered at Google Domains such as http://coaitiontechnologies.com/, or http://coalitiontechnologie.com/ to do a fake interview with the candidate then send them a fake job offer. The interview is conducted from falsified gmail addresses such as interview.coalitiontech@gmail.com. The candidate is then sent a fake check for thousands of dollars and instructed to buy equipment using their debit / credit card from online vendors selected by the scammer. We believe the way the scam works is that this vendor is a front for stealing credit card information and possibly just the money processed. The scammer also will request a wire refund for an “overpayment”.

We have posted warnings about this scam on our Linkedin page https://www.linkedin.com/company/coalition-technologies and also on our job application page https://app.testedrecruits.com/jobsListings/1/coalition-technologies. However, the scammer never directs people to visit either of these pages so many victims are missing it.

We are asking the victims to provide us all the information they can about the criminal (email headers with IP addresses, gmails used, domains used, vendors used, etc). We are compiling this and providing it to law enforcement. The only way to report the fraud is by having the victim report it here https://support.google.com/mail/answer/8253?hl=en or here https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/61664/reporting-fake-profiles?lang=en. There is no way to get someone at Google or Linkedin to systematically help us fight this fraud.

Linkedin and Google both make money from getting more users signed up, even if they are fake. There is no way to get fake employees removed from your company profile on Linkedin, Google Domains does not provide any method for doing a DMCA takedown of a domain name, and neither company will provide the IP addresses of the criminals.

If the criminals are in a foreign country, we intend to hire an attorney in that country to interface with their legal system and put political pressure to bring charges against these scammers. Thank you for your help in getting these criminals caught so they can’t continue to do this to other people and other companies. If you have run into any similar scams, please contact us at careers@coalitiontechnologies.com.

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

If everything this guy claims is true, I think he is insane. He purposefully seeks out situations that nearly kill him through physical output. He ran a frozen ultramarathon and thought he might lose toes, but kept going. But why? That’s insane. The right decision would be to quit and maybe try next year with better footwear. If you lose toes, you can’t keep running Ultras..

I like to do challenging activities, but none of them are worth dying or even being long term miserable for. Goggins seems to want to make himself continually physically miserable.

I’m on board with what you are saying. I think if there was a 1-100 scale for how much meaning can be found in very intense, single focused work Goggins would be 100 and I might be a 50. I enjoy immense challenges, and I rock climb because I loved the focus you get when you are in Joshua Tree on a precarious little hold and only complete single minded dedication will get you through to the finish and a fall means possible serious consequences. But I actually find deeper meaning in relationships with my wife, family, and friends. I also enjoy a good book or solving an interesting problem or the basic physical pleasures of food, sex, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I went for a beautiful six mile run in the pouring rain yesterday and loved it. I also golf way more than any of the guys at the club. Going too far down this path seems a little like the guys who only do bench press… Other muscle groups are also important. Goggins had to stop his intense exercise to round himself out with stretching, I think that metaphor makes sense.

Fox News Misleading Headlines Recently

The headlines below are just examples from one or two days of what Fox News posted on their website. You will see several themes anytime you look at headlines and articles on Fox News:

  1. Content designed to make you angry or aroused. Typically this will be stories that aren’t really national news – just stuff that happens constantly in a nation of 400 million people. Stuff like teachers having sex with students, rapists, interracial crimes, outrageous opinions held by one or two people nationwide (“liberal professor says all conservative students should be expelled”).
  2. Opinions as headlines. This is both the opinions of Fox News commentators and the opinions of their favorite politicians (see Donald Trump Juniors opinion below).
  3. Opposing party politicians demonized. You will see they especially pick on the more extreme politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… she is probably the most junior and unimportant Democrat out there, but she makes a great foil since she is a young female socialist who occasionally says silly things. You will also notice that they pick the worst possible photos of Pelosi / Clinton / etc. This is not fair and balanced reporting, it is National Enquirer style attacks.

Trustworthy News Sources Vs Fake News

I have been getting into political debates over the last couple of years with family and friends. I would argue with them without any progress on either side.

Finally, I realized the issue was not a difference in political philosophy, but on what news sources we were using. I regularly read many different news sites and also try to look at their source documentation. Every news source has varying levels of bias and truthfulness to the facts. All of these source listed below I read regularly.

Below is my summary based on extensive reading and research on which news sources are most trustworthy. One very important point is that printed news tends to be MUCH more accurate and truthful versus television or radio. I would highly recommend getting all of your news from a printed paper or website.

This list is ordered from MOST TRUSTWORTHY to least (I personally subscribe to the top 2 now):

  1. The Economist – mostly just the basic facts. Heavily leans to the conservative / libertarian direction. Opinion articles are clearly marked and can be avoided easily. Expensive, but I find the subscription worth it.
  2. The New York Times – this site has a clear liberal bias in it’s opinion sections and sometimes you will detect a smaller liberal bias in news articles. However, their research is very good and they provide you source documents to review as well. This article on Fred Trump is a great example – basically they provide you the source documents showing how Donald Trump used criminal tax fraud to avoid estate taxes a year or two before his father Fred Trump passed away. Whether you are liberal or conservative, you can read the facts and source documents and decide for yourself. Worth the subscription fees.
  3. Wall Street Journal – clear conservative / libertarian bias, but generally good journalism and clearly marked facts and opinions.
  4. Washington Post – another great resource for investigative journalism. With Bezos backing now this has only continued to improve. They have a liberal / big government slant, but facts are clearly marked vs opinions.
  5. Reuters – decent factual information without too much political slanting.
  6. The Guardian – UK news with a liberal slant, but pretty reliable.
  7. PBS / NPR / BBC – all public news sources that are held accountable by democratically elected officials. They lean towards liberal / big government, but facts are clearly marked vs opinions and are reliable information sources.

Below are extremely untrustworthy sources:

  1. Websites without a strong established reputation. If you don’t recognize the URL, don’t trust it.
  2. Buzzfeed – liberal biased site that is untrustworthy. Most of their news is just reposting other news sources information. Often they just make things up.
  3. Fox News – I used to be a big fan of Fox News, but over the last few years it appears that this source (especially the TV channel) has fallen to be extremely skewed and untrustworthy. Most of their headlines are actually just opinions of their talking heads. All opinions are skewed extremely to the conservative side. This site also posts lots of emotionally inflammatory non-news content as clickbait and to get your emotions involved (local small time crime shared on their national site especially when black on white, sex related content, etc.). I personally believe Fox News is now directly influenced by hostile dictatorships in Russia and in Saudi Arabia. This is the most mainstream news source that I believe is completely corrupt.
  4. Occupy Democrats / Politifact / ThinkProgress – extremely biased to the left and often have highly misleading headlines.
  5. Any website from InfoWars / Alex Jones / Breitbart – these guys are widely known scammers.
  6. Sean Hannity / Glenn Beck / Rush Limbaugh / Michael Medved – I used to listen to these guys regularly before figuring out that not only do they have an extreme conservative bias, but they often outright lie. Sean Hannity misled about using Michael Cohen as his attorney for example.
  7. Social media (Facebook / Instagram / Twitter) memes – almost always strongly biased, rarely provide source documentation, extremely untrustworthy.
  8. Forwarded emails – these are almost always fraudulent or incredibly inaccurate. I strongly recommend not trusting any “news” or facts you might read in a chain email thread.