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No Work History? The Reference Store Will Create A Fake One For You

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No Work History? The Reference Store Will Create A Fake One For YouHave you done any background checks today? How do you know if the company you called is real?

Before there was the proposed Fair Employment Act of 2011, there was The Reference Store.

One of the top reasons your candidate isn’t getting hired these days is because he or she is unemployed.

The government is trying to rectify this, having introduced a Senate bill prohibiting discrimination against unemployed job seekers.

But before that, there was a business created in 2008, called The Reference Store, which creates fake employment references for people being turned away from jobs because they are unemployed, fired or have a criminal background, or perhaps have fallen victim to a bad reference from a former employer.

I didn’t believe it at first.

The only reason I happened to come across it was while I was searching for something in the comments on a past article I’d written. Somehow, I’d overlooked a woman’s comment about this service (or maybe I’d assumed it was spam – that does happen).

It didn’t sound believable, and if it was real, how did they get by without being called out for fraud?

But the writer directed me to an actual website.

Intrigued, I called the 800 number, and spoke to one of their personnel, who told me The Reference Store is, indeed, a legit company (legit in the sense that they exist). Designed to “pull the wool over the eyes” of employment agencies, he told me they really do provide job seekers with a fake company and references, not to mention find housing for people who might have a difficult time if they’re house-hunting on the up and up.

No kidding, the company actually says on the front page of its website, “We’re your Virtual H.R. Department. We help our clients by providing alternate work histories; and little white lies.”

No Work History? The Reference Store Will Create A Fake One For You

They even have a computerized employee screening system to avoid that pesky little employment obstacle called the criminal background check, for “those whose moral compasses have pointed a little off course.”

(Excuse me, I just had to pick myself up off the floor after irony hit me.)

The nice man I talked to at The Reference Store walked me through the falsification process:

  • The client, depending on their career industry, completes a data worksheet.
  • They are assigned a case manager who evaluates it.
  • The case manager develops a best-case scenario.
  • The client gets the option to choose the moral high road (in other words, leaving the meeting) or to sell out.
  • If they choose the latter, the company creates the fake reference, complete with a website, phone number, physical address, HR manager name, and the scenario that makes them the perfect candidate, etc. within 12 hours to 10 business days.
  • The potential employer’s HR department gets to speak to an actual person when calling for references.

In March, the store began offering a Targeted service, where the client picks a job with a company they’d most like to work for, and The Reference Store comes up with a fake one very similar to the desired position.

The service is offered worldwide, and soon will have a Spanish-speaking program.

“We see it as serving a greater cause,” the man on the phone said. “The clients figure out ‘what.’ We tell them how.”

He told me that The Reference Store is staffed by former military intelligence professionals “trained in developing smoke and mirrors” scenarios, and some former HR professionals, as well.

I still didn’t get it – how does it bypass employment fraud?

The website says it’s perfectly legal.

“Misinformation isn’t a crime,” it states at the top of its FAQs list.

The man I spoke to said that not one client has yet been discovered, though the website warns, “If the deception is discovered, you could very well be terminated; evicted or suffer embarrassment and humiliation.”

How much does it cost?

For a standard plan, you pay a $99.95 deposit, and $29.95 for each additional month.

Of course, good covert ops take time.

“Quick and easy is how you clean a toilet bowl,” my source told me.

However, he added, two of their plans have a 100% success rate, so they strongly encourage clients to follow their advice. Those who haven’t found jobs typically haven’t followed the advice, he said.

“The decisions are always up to the client,” he added.

The Reference Store has a few standards, though. He told me that under no circumstances will they find people employment in K-12 education, law enforcement or other government agencies, legal or fiduciary organizations, or health care.

“That is just not something that we are comfortable supporting,” he said.

They also refuse to submit false statements to any court, so you’re on your own if you get caught.

The company has a number of people who were willing to share success stories online, some of whom claim it an act of God.

Eric S. from Texas said, “I couldn’t find work with a Prison record. Nobody would hire me. You guys really know how to sugarcoat the past.”

Rosa D. from Arizona called the services “too good to be true.”

Honestly, there’s very little truth involved.

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  1. crystal

    What!? OK I can see the loophole that would make this service legal but that doesn’t mean that the applicant isn’t breaking the law. They sign their application swearing and attesting that the information they have put on their application is true to the best of their knowledge. How are fake references something that they won’t be fired for down the road? Something that won’t land them in court faces charges? So The Reference Store stands behind their business because it is legal? Just because it is legal doesn’t make it ethical. How is it legal to advice clients to falsify documents?

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  2. Lee

    The Reference Store seems to be essentially the same as fake urine. Use at your own risk.

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  3. Monica

    Finally! Something to level the playing field. Maybe they can help get those Un-employment numbers down; and turn those people into TAX-PAYERS again! After thinking about it, there seems to be very little risk of being caught. Not to mention, The Reference Store isn’t BREAKING ANY LAWS! To make a case for fraud, you have to prove a LEGAL INJURY! Everyone lies about something on their resume. Without exception. Even if it is just a little. (A lie by omission, is still a lie). Its amazing how people take the moral high ground on something as important as “Finding a Job and feeding your family” yet, say nothing about “Marital infidelity” or pass a homeless person without lifting a finger.

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    • Donny

      How does taking money from someone unemployed, and brushing them off after pumping them full of lies level the playing field?

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  4. Tina

    I have to agree with you Monica! People have had to go without work but the employers asking don’t want to look at resumes with gaps. I usually suggest volunteer work that relates to the type of position they are looking for just to have something recent and fresh, like clerical duties at their church. All people need is their foot in the door and the opportunity to prove themselves. Would it be unethical to refer these services to some of the applicants that come across my desk? Not at all. Not to who I would recommend it to.

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  5. DontEverSpeakForMe

    @Monica – Speak for yourself when you cite, erroneously, that EVERYONE lies on their resume.

    Did you take a poll? How on Earth did you have that much time on your hands to examine EVERY employed person’s resume to come to such a slanderous conclusion?

    My credentials and references (past & present) are 100% factual…. Which is why I’m STILL employed.

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    • Bob

      The typical corporate as…..le. The one who denounce you to your boss to take your place.

      Mr clean, 100% pure race !

      99% of people lie on their resume, one way or another. Except mister clean of course. Just look at linkebin and see how extraordinary all the resumes are there.

      “Which is why I’m STILL employed.” Poor guy, I really pity the ridiculous world you still live in.

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  6. Michelle

    My boss fired me because I wouldn’t sleep with him. We settled out of court, and I got a little money, but now no one will hire me. So I decided to use the Reference Store. I tried their services, but I didn’t get a job with it. I asked them if they could give me a reference using the name of the company I used to work for. They lied and said they would. They made up a name instead. They had a 5 page website at first, but for some reason they changed it into a fake looking one page website. I spent almost $90 for NOTHING. There was no 800 # with a phone menu either. I’d be better off if I’d got one of my friends to cover for me. Since potential employers now check to see who contributes to your Social Security, this service is absolutely worthless. They’ll tell you whatever you want to hear just so they can get your money.

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  7. Stephanie

    The Reference Store is a scam. All seemed well at the start when I purchased their VIP plan in May and immediately the next day a case manager named Edward Davis was assigned to my case. We discussed about my virtual setup and he said it will be completed in 10 business days and left me his personal number to call in case I’ve any questions.

    So I waited and when the 10 days was up and I didn’t get any updates I proceeded to call the number to see how my case was doing. Behold, a voicemail answers. For the next 2 weeks I called his number multiple times per day, emailed him, called the 1-877 Customer Service number on the homepage, and emailed DCR@TheReferenceStore.com asking for an update. NOT ONCE could I get through to a real person nor get a callback for my left messages but was always answered by a outside of business hours message or out of office voicemail.

    I finally filed a chargeback on my credit card after 2 weeks of unresponsiveness. Warning to everyone out there to NOT USE your Paypal Balance! Paypal’s buyer protection does not include intangible goods and will automatically close the dispute and side with the Seller in cases like this!

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      • Donny

        Shouldn’t that read, “Thank you for your money Stephanie- so sorry to hear we can’t get more money from you now.

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        • Paul Phipps

          Hi Donny, I am sorry to hear you are having problems also. Staffing Talk has no affiliation with The Reference Store. We simply wrote an article about their existence.

          I just sent them an email to them to let them know that people are feeling like they are getting ripped off and that they should respond to these comments. I will let you know if I hear anything back. Hopefully one of us receives a response.

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          • Donny

            Hi Paul
            Sorry for the attack, it was misguided and uncalled for towards your behalf. Thank you Donny

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  8. Donald

    I contacted the reference store concerning help on the matter of an employment gap. The funny thing is, after they received the money off of my card, i can’t seem to get them to call me back. How could a place like this ever expect to do any good if the brush off the customers.

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  9. Rebecca Moxley

    Ladies and Gentlemen,
    The Reference Store Inc. makes EVERY EFFORT to address the concerns of our clients. Please understand that there is NO MAGIC WAND to get anyone hired by the company of their choice. We see a higher failure rate among clients that decide to go AGAINST our advice!

    We’re certain that you’re well trained and experienced at what you do; and to be frank, SO ARE WE! However, we can only give advice. The decisions are yours to make. Unfortunately, Clients must live with the decisions they make.

    Also, The demands for our time over the phone are EXTREMELY FORMIDABLE!!! It is for this reason, EACH CLIENT is advised, by their Case Managers, to contact us via e-mail, as to keep the record clear; as to what was said, when, and by whom!

    The lack of patience on the part of a Client, does not supersede, the duty we take to deliver the services promised. Service development may take up to ten (10) business days. (Weekends don’t count)

    Quick and easy, is how you clean a toilet bowl; it is NOT how you put together a campaign of Mis-information. Please be patient.

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  10. Not So Fast, Rebecca

    @Rebecca,

    After much consideration, I decided to use your services. I have a gap, can’t get a job, and desperately need one. I paid for the VIP option, given the 100% success.

    At first, it went perfectly. My website was set up and I was given a phone number and all that. But the very next day, the website was replaced by a page that said it was no longer available. I tried e-mailing and calling my case manager and have had no response from him. I also tried calling the local number of “my” company and it went straight to The Reference Store.

    So tell me … why should I not dispute this with my credit card company? I’m willing to give your company the benefit of the doubt, but so far, it’s not looking good. And btw, my bank is very good about chargebacks and I have up to 90 days, so it wouldn’t be a problem at all.

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  11. Donald

    After complaining on here, my case manager did call me back. I was told of phone problems that had the whole company at a stand still. I was also informed that the problem caused my completion date to be pushed up from the 22 November, to the new date of 28 or 29 November. I am ok with this part, what i don’t understand is, they said i was priority now, but they still don’t pick up the phone. I guess it is just to busy at times. I will post any further outcomes, be it good or bad.

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  12. Joey

    I like the site FakeYourJob.com better than the one here. I find the people friendlier, faster, and willing to go the extra mile.. Plus, they answer the phone at all hours of the day and night.. I think they’re a little cheaper too. Just my two cents..

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  13. Donald

    The site and phone number is up and operational. When it was tested, they answered in a professional manner and gave a top of the line reference. I was told that they were working on other parts of the agreement at they were talking with me. They seem to be more concerned in doing the work right than talking to the client on the phone. With what they have delivered , i can’t complain about nothing other than the fact they don’t waist time talking about it, they just do their job right. At this point, i am very confident and satisfied in the service received.

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  14. So many other options

    Their are a number of better options available then the one on this blog. More professional, and more reliable. Try fakejobreferences.net, or fakeyourjob.com .. It might be the same company, but I’m not sure..

    Julie

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  15. Donald

    It has been several days and the reference store has yet to fulfill their obligations concerning the contract that was purchased. They refuse to return phone calls and will not respond to emails. I fill as though the company is a smoke screen for the people needing help more than they are a smoke screen for the employers. It leaves me no choice other than to take evasive action and protect others from being ripped off by such a predator like the reference store that preys on the unemployed.

    This is notice to the reference store. Final offer of a last chance to correct this wrong.

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  16. Donald

    This place (Reference store) is a complete rip off! They don’t return phone calls, they don’t deliver what they sell, and they can’t be relied on for a good reference. I have never dealt with such a horrible operation as this one! Taking advantage of people down on their luck with a promise of selling something that will help make a difference, then just taking the money and running. I will make every effort to destroy this operation so they don’t hurt future unemployed people. What a rip off!!!!!

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  17. Sharon

    WOW! All I can say is, I used The Reference Store to fill a long gap of unemployment. It worked exactly as planned. If you follow their instructions, you can expect GREAT things to happen! (@Donald) I dont kn ow all the in’s and out’s of what happened with you, but is certainly sounds like you have anger management problems. Maybe your bad attitude is keeping you from being hired? I dont know. The Reference Store doesn’t control YOUR performance on an interview. My guess is, your hostile attitude shows through; making you undesirable. I’ve since told a few friends about The Reference Store and they have also had GREAT results.

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  18. Sharon

    Its amazing to me that people are so quick to post something negative, when they get P.O.ed! I used their EXECUTIVE Plan and FOLLOWED THEIR ADVISE!!! Finger pointing doesn’t solve anything. No one can guarantee you a job. All the reference store can do is set you up with the smoke and mirrors, to help you skirt your way into a new career.

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    • Donald

      Follow their advice,,,,, How do you follow advice that never is given because they never deliver what they say! The operation is one huge lie set up to collect money. The plan i purchased was suppose to do a lot, they never did nothing, but i guess that is fine, Just as long as they got paid right! I spent $240 some odd dollars to find out i should have just burnt the money and got the same thing. I am intent on seeing the operation dismantled to stop the cons from hitting on other unemployed people that need a chance. They sell lies!!!!!

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  19. Donald

    When i removed the reference store from my resume, i then was able to locate a great position as a manager in a contracting firm. My attitude is only negative when i deal would crooks that take to free loading off of unemployed people like stink takes to shit. I have turned the reference store information over to the fair trade commission and sent copies to several news agencies in hopes that someone will decide to stop the lying con artist that operates this robbery. There was also a letter sent to the dept of the navy concerning their support for such thievery coming from the x naval intel personnel. Should the reference store desires to keep operating, it will be my pleasure to continue to the point of prosecution under the federal statute concerning taking money under false pretenses. It would be wise for the reference store to drop this issue before it gets in to deep.

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    • Bob

      They exist only because of the discrimination practiced by people like you and employers.

      You and your HR friends and big corps are the reason why people need to lie to get a job

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  20. Allison Bray

    I got my reference from a company called worxited.com They were quick, friendly, and professional. The cost was 79 up front and 20 each additional month no contract, but I only used it for 2 months because I got a job in the second month. They were great!

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  21. Steven Cary

    I’m amused this thread is still receiving such attention. I didn’t post on it originally as I can’t imagine the use of this would get through the verification process for most of the companies I have worked at.

    Ultimately, all candidates sign the application agreeing to something along the lines of: ‘falsification of information, misleading statements, misrepresentation, or omission of facts called for anywhere on this application or other employment related forms is cause for denial of employment or if employed, cause for dismissal regardless of when discovered’. I would think it was worse to get the job, and a month later the truth is discovered and now you have a larger gap, cannot get unemployment and are still unemployed. Doesn’t seem worth the money and risk to me.

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    • Bob

      Ultimately, all companies are forbidden to discriminate applicants along the lines of sex, race, religion, age, length of unemployment, but you know what ? They do it anyway…

      So, as long as recruiters will exploit and discriminate people, any way to fight against it is worthwhile and acceptable.

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  22. Mike Stoneman

    Jenna, your link is a site I have not come across before, I wish I had seen it before as I bought a service off another site, they did not give me a great looking business site.
    Maybe another time I can use it if needed, the site I bought from was http://www.careerexcuse, but http://www.fakereferenceshop.com looks better.
    A good priced site is not taking orders http://www.thereferencestore.com anyone know whats happened to them?

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  23. Mitch

    So I checked out reference store .com and they seem to have disconnnected or non working number. career excuse seems to always go to voice mail, fake reference shop wants you to pay through moneygram, western union etc.
    Does anyone know of any of these companies that are legit and can make the references happen without any of the BS?

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    • dee

      If anyone needs this service send me an email. I’ll send you information on how my company does it. We do it a little differently. But, you can pick what job you want based on the available positions. Adds to the authenticity. Email me
      dcb215@gmail.com
      Put “info” in the subject line.
      Talk soon!

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  24. AMP

    I too would be interested in any company or person who offers a service to help hide a gap in my employment history.

    Since many employers are only willing to give out minimal information on past employees (such as hire date and last day worked, wage and if the person is eligible for rehire) it seems like something like this might work….Especially if you didn’t shoot too high or ‘fake’ too much history.

    It’s sad that it’s come to thinking about trying this but as someone else mentioned it’s a VERY tough economy and many qualified people are not getting hired due to employment gaps or unemployment. You do what you have to do to keep your family above water.

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  25. Louis

    The best references are at, http://white-lies.com **
    Unlike the other services they offer free references as long as you post a review somewhere and link it to them, like this one BUT who would go through this is it wasn’t working? so yea – go with White Lies!

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  26. Anthony Alain

    I can smell the contempt oozing out of every word of this article. Get off your high horse people have families to feed and rent to pay. If you are unemployed 6 months you will be discriminated against. Period. These guys are providing ways to get around the slimy corporate dickheads and get back to work and I say more power too them. What happened to workers? We used to be in unions and work together to fight our common enemy, the corporations who want to see us all in the poor house stabbing each other in the back to work for them for as little as possible. People like the author of this article are short sighted boobs. Grow up. The world is a hard place not a candy land board game

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  27. kiva stevens

    Need help trying to keep my lids from being adopted need a job need housing
    need a job

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