• Report: #539782

Complaint Review: PIV Corporation

  • Submitted: Tue, December 15, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, March 03, 2010

  • Reported By: P.I. Chick — Laguna Beach California United States of America
PIV Corporation
Not given Oceanside, California United States of America

PIV Corporation SONISA Group of Companies FRAUDULENT COMPANY VIOLATING Human Resources and Background Check Compliance. Oceanside, California

*General Comment: Still Continuing Business as BTDA Corp & Associates

*Consumer Comment: Another contact

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Scammer: PIV Corporation, Oceanside, CA


Robert Peterson
HR Manager
PIV Corp., Careers Department

Jane Henderson, Staff Manager

PIV Corporation, www.pivcorporation.com, is a complete EMPLOYMENT SCAM! Phones are disconnected and no address for this company exists ANYWHERE!

They are posting jobs on Craigslist and other job posts and claiming the following on their website:

[PIV Corporation was incorporated in November 1999 and is an client of Atlantic Bank Ltd. and also part of the SONISA Group of Companies who has been operating in Belize since 1970.  PIV is keen on providing international financial services to international clients who are particularly seeking opportunities to protect their valuable assets in a confidential manner and simultaneously enjoy tax benefits. ]

Before even knowing who the company is you are applying for, they find you via Craigslist or vice versa, they ask you to submit a resume. And upon reviewing your resume, they ask for you to get a free credit report thru a link in their email from Freecreditreport.com and provide them with your scores.

BIG RED FLAG 1)- You are also asked to provide a soft copy of this credit report to them at time of interview. Bottom line, this is against typical Human Resources practices. Normally and legally, an applicant must sign a disclosure and credit reporting/background check agreement for the employment screening process.

When asked why they were in need of a credit check, Robert Peterson who is apparently the HR Manager, emailed the following explanation:

["We run credit checks on employees because we issue company credit cards to our event planners.  You will be needing to purchase supplies and manage a budget, so credit is important to our accounting department."]

BIG RED FLAG 2) Before submitting anything to PIV, I tried to call their HR, Accounting, or any department to try to locate Robert for clarification. ALL NUMBERS WERE DISCONNECTED.....no address is listed for them in Oceanside either.

BIG RED FLAG 3) PIV claims to be strategic financial partners with some BIG and impressive names like Citi, Honeywell, and many more on their website. I contacted Honeywell and Citi Corporate and no such partnership exists.

Bottom line is, this FAKE international finance service corp is simply trying to get personal information and likely worse.

I did not take the interview but when asked to clarify office address, correct phone number, etc....I got no response. I also warned that if proper information wasnt given, I would report them as I am doing now.........still no response.

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#1 General Comment

Still Continuing Business as BTDA Corp & Associates

AUTHOR: jersey - (United States of America)

This company is still running the exact same scam - ad on craigslist then request for consumer credit report.  Beware of extremely high salary for the job (US$50-60K for "receptionist/office admin") Here's the current craigslist ad:

International Professional Services Firm in Downtown Los Angeles is looking for a Project Coordinator.

Candidates must have the following qualifications:

Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills

A minimum of two years of corporate experience

Degree preferred

Excellent computer skills

Attention to detail

Duties will include:

Compiling information from various sources and creating reports and presentations

Acting as a liaison between executives and team members

Proof reading critical documentation

Writing professional correspondence

Handling routine administrative functions

Perks will include a generous compensation package, based on experience level. Annual bonus and full benefits are included.
Please send your resume for consideration.

I applied for the position, and received this email in response:

Thank you for sending your resume to me. So the job responsibilities are clear, you will be answering the phone, scheduling meetings, and running company errands such as buying office supplies and making bank deposits, in a company car. When running errands you will be provided with a company credit card to make supply purchases, etc. We have had some bad experiences with prior employees taking advantage of having access to a company credit card in the past, so before we can schedule an interview, we need you to get a credit check. We prefer you use http://www.creditreport4free2010.com to obtain this information as they  are reliable. We have also found their reports most accurate. When you submit your information they will send you your credit score. When you email me your credit score, we can schedule an interview. Please do not email me your credit report, as this may have private information in it. Just send me your credit score. If you have a low credit score, that will not prevent you from having an interview with us, but it does show us that you are trustworthy and responsible. Please send me your schedule with availability for an interview along with your credit score. I am looking forward to your response! :) 


Geraldine S. Fillmore
BTDA Corp & Associates

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#2 Consumer Comment

Another contact

AUTHOR: mLe - (United States of America)

Aileen Kelley-Macguire
HR Assistant
PIV Corporation Inc.
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