To help some frustrated jobseekers succeed in the current job market, one company is offering false job references – complete with job titles, start dates and end dates, and salary – to people seeking employment who are willing to pay a fee plus a monthly subscription. This service that offers phony references from real “Reference Providers” and work histories from “Virtual Companies” is why background checks of job applicants, particularly past employment verifications, have become so vitally important for employers today.  

According to its website, the company is “The World’s Largest Network of Job Reference Providers” that can help jobseekers with bad references, weak resumes, and who have been fired. The company acts a jobseeker’s past employer and has operators standing by to give “great” references, a work history, and pay range. This company will act as a jobseeker’s “very own human resource department and supervisor” using a “virtual” company to verify a jobseeker’s name, job title, job description, and work dates, as well as answer any questions with a positive reference in a professional manner.

Of course, this service is not free. Jobseekers visiting the website can choose from three packages, ranging from a Basic Voicemail Plan for one professional reference that costs $65 followed by $20 monthly subscription, up to a Premium Package Plan for $195 plus a $50 monthly subscription. For the Premium plan, a reference script is assigned to three Reference Providers who act as a phony Human Resource Manager, phony Immediate Supervisor, and phony Secondary Supervisor. These Reference Providers are also subscribers to the service and are paid $50 for each reference they provide while acting as supervisors and HR departments. 

While it is true some jobseekers will stop at nothing to land a job, providing false past employment reference information is not the best way for a prospective employee to begin a business relationship with a potential employer. In addition, more companies are conducting due diligence pre-employment background checks on jobseekers that include reference checks. A 2010 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) “Conducting Reference Background Checks” revealed that 76 percent of Human Resources professionals surveyed – or three out of four – said they conducted reference background checks for all job candidates.

When jobseekers offer false past employment information to employers, they may end up being hired for jobs they are too unfit, unqualified, dishonest, or dangerous to complete. Meanwhile, honest jobseekers are overlooked for being more truthful with their references. Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – is a nationwide background check company accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) that offers ESR Employment Verification Services that verify dates of employment, job title, reason for leaving, and helps eliminate any unexplained gaps in employment. For more information about past employment verifications from ESR, visit

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR streamlines the screening process and reduces administrative overhead though its proprietary technology solutions.  ESR is one of a select few firms accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). This important recognition was achieved by successfully passing a third party audit demonstrating compliance with the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about ESR, visit