Job seekers concerned about fake Indeed listings

A man on TikTok claimed his ex-girlfriend created fake job postings on Indeed to make himself more competitive when looking for a job, saying in a viral video, “When it came time to negotiate a salary, she could start her fake company.” to use. Write yourself an offer letter for 30,000 more than the other job offered and ask them if they could match.

It has raised concerns about the tactic as users say they have done the same.

In a video with over 6 million views, Robby (@thesephew) said his ex “would register a bunch of fake LLCs with the state,” post job listings on Indeed with “high salaries,” and then use those listings to negotiate higher salaries in their target jobs.

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In a follow-up video, he claimed that his ex would also use these job opportunities to help women in their workplace with salary negotiations.

“If a girl found out her male work colleague was making more than her, my ex would write a fake job offer so the girl could go to her boss and say I’m leaving unless you pay me that much,” he said .

In Robby’s account bio, he describes his site as “Original Satire”. His page is filled with stories about the elaborate schemes carried out by his ex.

Notably, he went viral for a video in which he claimed his ex-girlfriend first met him by hacking into his Apple Watch to find his location.

Below his video of his ex creating fake Indeed posts, users were divided on whether the video was satirical. “Why not start your own real company?” asked a top comment.

Many commentators approached the video as satire. “I take things that never happened for 200,” said one user.

However, regardless of the truth behind his video, the issue of fake posts on Indeed has worried many TikTok users.

“I created a fake job posting after college to see what other candidates were putting on their resumes and cover letters for positions I was looking for,” added another commenter.

On February 22, a TikTok user made a video (@lexinne_) about her experience dealing with a scam on Indeed. The Post claimed she was immediately hired on the spot and then asked her for her address so she could send a check, which she was later told was fraudulent.

“So this will probably be the last time I apply for a job online,” she said.

Indeed has addressed the issue of fake job postings and created materials that users can use to avoid being scammed on Indeed.

We emailed Robby and Lexinne via TikTok and Indeed.

*Initial publication: April 7, 2023 at 4:25 pm CDT

Adrian Jaeger

Adrienne Hunter is a writer and researcher based in Austin, Texas. She has written for the Daily Dot, the Austin Chronicle, the Smithsonian, and others.

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