• Report: #1096895
Complaint Review:

Harvard Benefits

  • Submitted: Mon, November 04, 2013
  • Updated: Mon, November 04, 2013

  • Reported By: wcrispy — Los Angeles California
Harvard Benefits
11670 Fountains Drive STE 200 Maple Grove, Minnesota USA

Harvard Benefits Melissa Sarna, Charles Fields pyramid, scam, lie, blatant misleading ad, false, not a real job, fake job Maple Grove Minnesota

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Here is the fake craisglist ad stating it is for a real job in recruitment and human resources:


Entry Level Part Time Virtual Recruiting Assistant - Work from Home (Los Angeles)

Harvard Risk Management Corporation is currently seeking Part Time Virtual Recruiting Assistants to assist us with a 3 to 6 month recruitment project. Permanent opportunites are available to those who perform at a satisfactory level.

Must have basic computer skills including typing, web browsing and emailing.

Daily tasks include but are not limited to:

* Updating and posting ad content for our agency openings throughout an assigned region.

* Responding to candidates via email and coordinating interviews with hiring managers

* Following up with accepted candidates and facilitating/scheduling their training with a manager

* Compliance with our standardized recruitment practices

This is an entry level opportunity and we will train someone with little or no experience in recruitment or human resources, however we do require a positive attitude, dependability and a willingness to learn. Training will be virtual (online and telephonic - you will not need to come to our office). We will be training several recruiters at this time so you must be comfortable working with a team.

Compensation - Competitive weekly pay to be discussed during the interview process

Hours - 10 to 15 hours per week

Experience - No experience necessary - will train the right individual

Location - Virtual (Work from home)

Positions filling quickly - for immediate consideration please send your resume to our Corporate Recruiter Melissa Sarna at melissa.sarna@harvardbenefits.com

We are Accredited by the Better Business Bureau:

Our website can be found here:


Regional Personnel office
Harvard Risk Management
11670 Fountains Drive STE 200
Maple Grove, MN 55369



Upon contacting this ad, you will end up getting a misleading email trying to fool you into thinking you're actually being hired for a job:


My name is Melissa Sarna and I am the person responsible for assisting you through our recruiting process.
Harvard Benefits has been in business for over 18 years and we are the largest benefit broker within our industry throughout North America.  We provide extremely valuable resources to businesses, many of these resources are offered at ZERO COST to the business.  Some of the services we offer are:  Data Breach Risk Management, Identity Theft Protection benefits (for employees), Background Screening Solutions, Data Shredding programs, and more.  Our industry has experienced strong growth over the past 10+ years and we have positioned ourselves to capitalize on this growth for years to come.
As a Part Time Recruiter on our team, you would be trained to assist us in finding, identifying and recruiting top-tier sales professionals throughout North America.  

Your responsibilities would include:  (We provide full training in each of these areas)

* Placing Daily Job ads on various FREE job board websites throughout your designated recruiting territory

* Screening and responding via email to candidates whom apply to our Job Postings

* Interviewing Qualified Candidates after they've been through a position overview phone call with our leadership team

* Providing Accepted Candidates with access to our online training platform

* Guiding new Agents throughout the steps of their training and introducing them to their local Field Trainer

* Providing limited support to agents as they begin their new career with us

Depending on various factors which impact applicant volume on a weekly basis.  This position will require an average of 10 to 15 hours of your time per week.  Scheduling is flexible.  Compensation will be discussed thoroughly via the phone interview process and will vary from person to person.

We are experiencing a high volume of emails and resumes regarding our openings so I'd like to ask you a few questions to prioritize who to speak with first.
1.  On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being VERY COMFORTABLE), how comfortable would you be with conducting 1 on 1 interviews with job candidates over the telephone?
2.  On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your overall verbal speaking skills?
3.  If both parties were interested in moving forward, how soon would you be looking to get started?

4.  Do you have high speed internet and long distance telephone service?
Thanks again for your interest and I look forward to speaking soon.
Melissa Sarna
Senior Recruiter
Harvard Benefits




Here is a final email with info to their "conference call" which is nothing more than info stating you have to pay them and purchase a "product" to join their "business."  It is a pre recorded call, not an interview.



We have you confirmed for a phone interview on Monday, the 4th of November at 5:00 pm Central (Please adjust if you don't live within the Central Time Zone: Pacific is 2 hours behind, Mountain is 1 hour behind {If you are in AZ you may be 1 or 2 hrs behind- Please double check}, and Eastern is 1 hour ahead)

The Manager conducting your interview is Charles Fields and he has asked that you attend the interview by calling into our conference line.YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO CALL INTO THE CONFERENCE LINE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW - YOU WILL NOT BE RECEIVING A PHONE CALL. The details for the call are as follows:

Conference Line Phone number - 1-760-569-7676

Conference Access Code - 273997

Please try to arrive on the call 5 minutes prior to the scheduled call-in time to ensure that we complete the phone call on schedule. You can expect the call to last roughly 30 minutes as Mr. Fields will be providing details about our company, our positions available and our services that we offer. You are encouraged to have a pen and notebook available for taking notes.

Also be advised that the calling bridge will not accept blocked/anonymous callers. VoIP services also will not work properly.

Thanks again for your interest in our company and we look forward to seeing you on the call.


Melissa Sarna 
Senior Recruiter
Harvard Benefits




If you look at the complaints on the BBB they've somehow weaseled out of being held accountable for what they're doing.

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