JobAcute.com & HiringWare.com
Engineering Job Provider
Are JobAcute & HiringWare Fake or Real?
Why Are JobAcute & HiringWare Fake?
This article is a 2-for-1 special covering the curious cases of HiringWare and JobAcute. I have decided to club the two together into one review not just because they are both supposedly into the same business of proving job leads to Engineering graduates, but because the two websites are actually clones of each other. Every aspect of the websites, from the content to the offerings, are completely identical. Let’s take a look at the home pages first.
This implies that the website for JobAcute was created first and HiringWare is the clone. No other details such as the registrant’s name and contact information are available.
One of the images used on HiringWare’s website is from an Economic Times article from 2015 about the company Lifestyle International and seems to be randomly lifted.
Though the domain for JobAcute was registered in 2015, the site seems to be active only since early 2017 and the traffic spiked in 2019.
Going through both the websites, it’s obvious that HiringWare has completely lifted all the content from JobAcute’s website with some insignificant changes. Let’s have a look at the sections of both the websites side-by-side. It’s almost impossible to tell them apart.
The homepage of either website does not mention anything about a payment to be made. It is only when you navigate to the Join page that there are two packages available with the prices mentioned for both of them.
Only the higher-priced packaged is supposedly refundable. There seems to be a clear intention to entice users to sign up for the more expensive package as it has much better benefits and is presented as the safer option.
Neither of the websites contain any contact details such as an address, phone number or email ID which could be used to contact the company. There is also not even a single name mentioned of anyone from the organizations.
When a user lands upon the Payment page, there is a field for entering your WhatsApp number and Email ID, and it seems that WhatsApp would be the mode of communication after paying the fees.
There is an FAQ section on both the websites which makes it clear that prior payment is mandatory before availing the services, citing an indecipherable, nonsensical reason.
Even the testimonials on both websites are completely the same. The testimonials themselves are not convincing at all as there nothing mentioned about the company where they got placed or the salary that they were offered.
The online footprint of both companies is scarce. HiringWare had a social media presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter even before the website was set-up, suggesting that they have been operating through other communication methods such as social media and WhatsApp. HiringWare’s Facebook page has over 14,000 followers, but the maximum engagement they have on any post 11, which could mean that they have bought fake followers. The page is used simply for sharing news articles about hiring and no updates about the organization itself are provided.
The Facebook page also claims that the company was founded in 2015, but the page was created on 12th November 2018. There is also an email ID mentioned on Facebook which is not present on the website. The Facebook page mentions the packages but does not include the prices. JobAcute and HiringWare also both have twitter pages with a few followers. HiringWare’s location is mentioned as Bengaluru, Karnataka.
While checking if there were any genuine reviews of the JobAcute and HiringWare, I came across some questions on Quora which asked for reviews of these portals. Most of the reviews were positive and talked about how they were able to acquire jobs after signing up for the services. However, after looking at the reviewers’ profiles, there was some indication that these profiles were created for the sole purpose of promoting JobAcute and HiringWare.
JobAcute was a little more sophisticated in their guerilla promotion as they have posted reviews on different dates. HiringWare’s reviews, however, are all posted on the same date. It’s also interesting to note that the reviews for HiringWare have been posted before the website was active.
The reviews on these answers by profiles which look real are all negative. They allege that the websites are scams as they leads which received after paying for the services were freely available online. Apart from Quora, there was one review available on the website I am Cheated, which had the same complaint. One person even shared a screenshot from WhatsApp showing that they were refused a refund by JobAcute and threatened to lodge a complaint with the police. A number is visible in the screenshot, but a TrueCaller search for this number did not bring up any name; only that the number is registered in Karnataka.
After considering all the information available, the only logical conclusion is that JobAcute and HiringWare are most likely to be scams. There is no contact information provided, there are no concrete testimonials about successful placements, the positive reviews don’t look genuine, they are accepting payments before cross-checking whether the person is actually eligible and HiringWare has obviously plagiarized JobAcute’s entire website. The negative reviews suggest that the services being provided are not genuine and JobAcute can clearly be seen refusing a refund even though the plan is supposed to be refundable. There are no terms and conditions on the website as per which they can refuse the refund.
Fake job scams are a big scam in India, as we have seen in previous articles in this blog, such as SmartWorkOnline, BPO Projects India and Home Job Experts. The difference, in this case, is that JobAcute and HiringWare are specifically targeting Engineering graduates by capitalizing on their aspirations to bag jobs with multi-national companies. It’s possible that HiringWare is an attempt by the owners of JobAcute to continue their fraudulent activities under a new name after gaining a bad reputation.
No real recruiter will ever ask you for money before providing a service. When a recruiter successfully places a candidate, they receive a payment from the company itself. Any company which asks for a payment for providing job leads is most likely to be fake.
If you have been a victim of such a scam, you can take the following steps:
- Lodge a complaint at the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal
- Lodge a complaint with PayTM on Twitter, Customer Care or through the app, UPI app such as Google Pay or the Bank with which the company has an account.
- Report the website to Google using the Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome
- Give a low rating to the website on Web of Trust. You can also install their extension for the same.
- File a complaint with the Indian Consumer Complaints Forum
- Write a review on websites such as MouthShut, ScamAdvisor and TrustPilot.
- Block all numbers of the scammers on TrueCaller, mentioning the words Fake, Fraud or Scam in the name.
- If the company has a listing on Google My Business or Google Maps, file a complaint using the Business Redressal Complaint Form. Also, leave a negative review explaining what kind of experience you had.
Most important of all, arm yourself with the knowledge of scams to prevent becoming a victim in the first place.
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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