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Universal Jobmatch – the Fightback!

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Whilst Part 2 of Universal Jobmatch fake job scams (in response to Channel 4’s fake jobs investigation) is being careful researched, Ipswich Unemployed Action shall reveal how to take action against the scammers!

In this article we will show you how to kick the scammers where it hurts! Remember, DWP would want to sweep this under the carpet… it’s not in their best interest to lose up to 95% of the jobs. If you want to safeguard your benefits and your personal information the best way is to get the fraudsters to retreat as Jobcentre Plus won’t do anything about it.

You can pick and choose how you fight back – but most importantly don’t fight back alone. Spread the word.

Kill their income

The primary reason why most of these scams operate is to receive income directly from jobseekers like you (rather than indirectly by selling your details on – although it’s still a worry). Most income methods are by account paid monthly in arrears – that is they need to display the adverts, gain traffic, wait until the end of the month for it to total up, and sometimes even a month further before they receive the payment – most premature termination clauses wipe the balance and close their account.

5.    Payments

Subject to this Section 5 and Section 10 of these AdSense Terms, you will receive a payment related to the number of valid clicks on Ads displayed on your Properties, the number of valid impressions of Ads displayed on your Properties, or other valid events performed in connection with the display of Ads on your Properties, in each case as determined by Google.

Except in the event of termination, we will pay you by the end of the calendar month following any calendar month in which the earned balance in your Account equals or exceeds the applicable payment threshold.

Google Adsense Terms

If they are unable to set up another account to get the income there is nothing in it for them by posting fake job adverts.

Not only does this prevent them making a tidy sum in the future it removes their past unpaid ill-gotten gains. Don’t do this to all job websites or all websites using these income methods, save it only when you have a genuine non-vexatious complaint. These scammers are ripe for losing out.

First step is to realise what revenue streams they are using.

What does a Google Adsense advert look like?

Some examples…


Google Adsense may be in many different sizes – both text based (such as the big example with the titles) and image based (such as the other two). When you see the blue “play” logo at the top right hand corner, hover over it, it should expand to say “AdChoices”, if its mentions Google in the web address (yes you guessed it) it’s a Google Adsense advertisement!

If you see neither the advertisements, the blue triangular play icon or AdChoices… you sir, have an advert blocker!

What can I report the website user for?

Brief highlights of the Google rules are as follows… the rollover image above is naughty as the advertisements are not allowed on popups or pop unders. ( Only a little snip from a larger popunder )

No more than 3 adverts per page…

Not allowed to encourage or trick users into clicking on adverts …

Not allowed on websites that include or links to illegal content or activities…

Adverts are not allowed to be posted on popups and popunders and pages without much content.

Not allowed to spam you with unwanted emails… (at a push you could claim the job adverts linking direct from Universal Jobmatch to the job description on their website could be an ad network directing traffic to the pages with Adsense adverts on)

How to report the publisher to Google?

Hover over the blue “play” image on the top right hand corner of the advert until it displays up as “AdChoices”. Click on “AdChoices”. A new window/tab should display. Scroll to the bottom… click “the website” radio button (“the ads” is about bad adverts shown rather than ad placement etc.)

Then fill in the form…

We recommend you spend a few minutes detailing the issues with the website. Some American firms like Facebook don’t seem to care but Google are quite good. There isn’t much point reporting a website that doesn’t actually violate their rules. No point writing a template as Google will see it as suspicious – if anyone is to work out copy-and-paste messages, its Google.  Avoid linking to this website or channel 4 etc.

This is probably the most important method to fightback – its money they want – take it away from them and hopefully they will die off somewhere.

CV Library

Those with CV Library or Indeed affiliates, you could try contacting the respective company… but I sense with CV library who appears not to have any terms for their affiliate scheme; couldn’t really care how they get the CV’s; and sound just as guilty as the individuals behind the scams themselves. This said, I don’t believe for a second that CV Library knows the people behind the scams, they just aren’t interested in questioning where they get their CV’s from.

Report to the Advertising Standards Authority

You can complain to the ASA by using their online “make a complaint” tool.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is responsible for regulating online advertising.

Do not make reference to this website, if you do you will waste your time. It’s not a numbers game! Government departments like grouping individual complaints and dismissing them as a conspiracy.

Do not complain about Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions or Universal Jobmatch.

It’s the “employer” you need to complain about.

Report to Trading Standards / OFT

Wish I could help, the website is down…

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Report to the Information Commissioner

For guidance view here… http://ico.org.uk/complaints/handling

Do remember however that the ICO is probably the biggest joke when it comes to regulators (and yes there is enough competition for that title). So it might be a complete waste of your time.

To recap, thank you for reading this article, the scammers are laughing as they receive a fairly decent annual salary from sitting on their backsides all day, as the income is all automated – or the majority of it is. They wont be laughing so much if YOU pull the rug from underneath them!

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  1. We can almost see the ears burning after this…

    Dynamite!

    Andrew Coates

    February 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

    • hehe, well I think its important for jobseekers and the public in general to be proactive. The current procedure is currently as follows:-

      1) If “wacky” jobs (MI6 agent, prostitute etc), when a jobseeker complains about this, typically through social media, the DWP/Jobcentre Plus will pull the advert within a couple of hours. This doesn’t solve the problem – they defend it as just one job out of 50 million or something, time after time.

      2) Dodgy employers/bulk adverts that are fake… when a jobseeker complains, he or she gets sanctioned, or ignored (if lucky); it takes the press to do an investigative piece before anything is done. This usually removes the jobs and the businesslink/UJM employer account – but it doesn’t disable the individual or group of individuals from registering in seconds and doing the same under either the same, similar or a new name.

      When it comes to money, if Google (for instance) bans you, it bans the personal real name/legal entity from doing the scam again; the only two ways they can achieve the scams is through a proxy (i.e. someone else and splitting the money) or through a limited company (has red tape and additional expenses required).

      The concept of fighting back primarily is:-

      1) They lose the opportunity of making money (likely they will have to sign on, karma in effect)

      2) They stand a bigger chance of prosecution (I doubt a third of these people are disclosing the additional income – some might even be benefit claimants themselves)

      3) Greater press and social media highlight of how terrible the Universal Jobmatch system really is, forcing DWP into a dilemma of what to do about the lack of real jobs on there (perhaps they will finally hook up with real employers?) and public scrutiny of how they have wasted literally tens of millions of taxpayers money on a mandatory job website with very few real jobs on there.

      I would estimate so far that its costing £1000 per a proper job (including few hour part time, zero hour contract jobs and actual self-employed vacancies – although not really jobs in the real sense of the word) to provide this poor service.

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

    • Andy, to equal it up a little more…

      Monster Worldwide should not have won the tender for Universal Jobmatch. They won the second tender… the first tender was won by a company who had their contract stripped away from them without reason… and given £950k in compensation (i.e. they didn’t lose it for illegalities)

      Monster were third on evaluation score and forth on costing (about 1/3 higher than the next place company)… they then jumped to first on evaluation score and second on costing.

      I have done a new post on it…

      Universal Jobmatch
      * DPA worries
      * Fake jobs
      * Fraud at tender stage

      Could it get worse? haha

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm

  2. “lose 95% of the jobs” – that would be like 25,000 jobs to go round 2.5 million jobseekers lol

    C Vorderman

    February 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

    • Except, all jobseekers know how few jobs there are already, so nothing will change.

      In actual terms, people would feel like there are MORE jobs out there as wont see the obvious reposts of fake job adverts.

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    • C Vorderman :
      like 25,000 jobs to go round 2.5 million jobseekers lol

      That’s probably near the true figure.

      If you get the numbers of jobs created and lost “each year” in the UK from somewhere different – like the CBI. Then divide the numbers down to “jobs per day” you get around 10k jobs each day.
      So on any 1 day or at any moment in time, there really are 2.5m+ jobseekers chasing around 10k jobs!

      In practice of course a job is advertised for a lot more than one day (whether it’s been filled or not). Say on average 40 days, 40 days times 10k jobs = 400k jobs actually listed at any one time.
      But the 400k figure is mostly meaning-less, it’s the flow that counts. For example you could increase it to 600k, simply by stating that all vacancies must be advertised for at least 60 days – but not 1 extra vacancy would be available.

      Even if you could somehow magically fill all the 400k list in one day, the next day you’d have 2.1m+ unemployed chasing 0 jobs, then what?

      MPs’ and others claims of 500k vacancies just sitting there that the unemployed won’t take are just a load of cobblers!

      If you think the above estimates miles out. Well 2.5m chasing only 10k jobs means “on average” it will take a jobseeker 250 days to get a job, or about 8 months, which is quite close to comments such as “most unemployed are back in work in about 6 months.”

      Hope that gives people some food for thought!

      Another Fine Mess

      February 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      • Before I begin CBI are pro business so I don’t tend to hold much stock in what they say.

        Sorry to ask but are you sure you have the math right another fine mess as 10k jobs created a day is over 365 days some 3’650’000 jobs a year created. Hypothetically if employers took everyone whos unemployed, their would still be a lot of vacancies left unfilled or should I say cant be filled, making this stop the immigrants coming over lark counter productive to the countries revenue and especially the public debt.

        I tend to look at sources like UKCES and they do concur with government figures at around 559’000 (cant remember if its that or 595’000) vacancies but heres the interesting part. They found around 20% of this is actually unpaid work (often government placed ads for their training schemes, training ads like become a plumber, etc).

        As I cant remember the exact figure I will use the government figure you gave.

        So 20% of 500’000 leaves 400’000 vacancies annually.

        Now even more interesting UKCES state a further 22% of jobs go unfilled annually as theirs a skill shortage for the particular jobs in question.

        So 22% of 400’000 leaves 312’000 vacancies annually that all can apply for.

        Now but sadly I cant get figures for this is how many are self employed as most don’t like this route dew to the risks involved and the same can be said for zero hour contracts.

        so as I don’t have the figures

        20% would leave 249’600 annually
        30% would leave 218’400 annually
        40% would leave 187’200 annually

        Now not all jobs are permanent so we all see worker needed for 4 to 5 days or 2 to 3 months, etc so for the purposes of an example we will take the 30% figure above of jobs available for this next bit and again like before I don’t have the figures so I will repeat like before

        20% would leave 174’720
        30% would leave 152’880
        40% would leave 131’040

        Ive omitted job snobbery from this as IDS refuses to except its all about money and peoples wishes to NOT rely on benefits period and if he was that convinced then why doesn’t he work for £6.31 an hour and set the example for all of us ?

        Now as we all know you cant just split any of the above figures 10 ways as certain places have more vacancies and varied claimant counts BUT for the sake of debate (you can use nomis to get closer claimant counts as per area) I will again use the above 30% figure with the 11 areas of the entire uk bar Ireland making it 10 and then average the claimant count for the sake of debate.

        So 152’880 divided by 10 gives us 15’288 vacancies per area. Then dividing the total claimant count of 1’201’512 by the 10 also gives us 120’151 claimants per area.

        This means around 8 applicants per vacancy average if we for the sake of debate say we apply for vacancies in metred fashion which is again untrue but like i said for the sake of debate, so this implies that a claimant has a 12.5% chance of getting the job.

        If we don’t metre it its 0.00083% chance if everyone goes for each vacancy, yep, less than 1% chance.

        (Please note these are static figures and aren’t typical of a proper accurate calculation where numbers change randomly on a daily basis such is human behaviour/demand).

        gaia

        February 12, 2014 at 10:11 am

      • The job market is in a constant state of flux – an employee leaves one job for another. What we need to know is how many OPENINGS there are because that is the only way a jobseeker can access the jobmarket.

        Tesla

        February 12, 2014 at 11:09 am

      • Tesla :
        The job market is in a constant state of flux – an employee leaves one job for another. What we need to know is how many OPENINGS there are because that is the only way a jobseeker can access the jobmarket.

        I agree.
        A quick google confirms the number jobs created and destroyed annually is about 3.5m, but most of those seem to be only counting “brand new” jobs, poping into exsistance for the first time, and out of exsistance permanently.
        http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/economics/news-events/media-centre/small-firms-and-job-creation.aspx

        As the number of openings/vacancies should include jobs where workers have left, retired, been sacked, etc. Then then number of openings/vacancies should be massively larger than the 3.5m figure. But it doesn’t seem to be, the reason why I haven’t figured yet.

        [Still looking at gaia’s figures.]

        Another Fine Mess

        February 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      • You could also look at the job market being analogous to a long chain, a sort of musical chairs if you like. You could have say 10 chairs – a jobseeker ‘enters’ at position 1, worker then leaves position 1 and is displaced to position 2 and so forth until the worker at position 10 falls off into retirement or whatever. So you have created like 10 ‘new’ jobs but only one actual ‘opening’ for a jobseeker. Of course you can make the chain as long as you like… you could create 5 million ‘new’ jobs but yet still only have one ‘opening’ for a jobseeker…

        Doctor of Statistics

        February 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      • What about the hidden job market, luv. You tried looking in shop windows?

        Hayley Taylor

        February 12, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      • Anyone who knows real math (not that crap they teach at secondary school level), know the following

        “The answer is not as important as how you arrived their, meaning, the answer is only right if the original statement holds true”.

        In the case of my post, even though the math adds up, the original statement is you guessed it, UNTRUE (your have to ask UKCES about how they got their figures). Now like putting a 89 degree bend when it should be 90 on a tiny piece of material, at first it appears non consequential yet expand that material length say 100 metres and you see a completely different picture. Now the answer is neither right or wrong at this stage, it all depends on the context in which it is used.

        You see all this I want to buy this but I only have x amount in my pocket is simple math which is fine to the layman shopping but in the world of science, finance and so forth its a whole lot more complicated dew variables be they known or unknown.

        Now what you did with the 10k and I deliberately did was apply cheap math to an otherwise complicated equation that’s random/unpredictable nature doesn’t allow if we wish to keep the original statement true. We basically took a sample of a sample which even once is bad enough (philosophical math).

        Now I don’t know ANOTHER FINE MESS if you understood all of this, part of this or any of this as I DONT KNOW YOU.

        You see when you get to really using math its not about getting the answer, its about how observant an individual is and how they apply that observation.

        gaia

        February 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

  3. This article is bogus and fake!

    Maxell Benq*

    Greys Marketing

    http://greysmarketing.com/about-us.html

    * we don’t even supply black CDs 😉

    Maxell Benq

    February 11, 2014 at 11:32 am

    • haha, every picture is a stock photo! Its so placeholder professional that its unprofessional.

      I notice they use a whois proxy hiding their real address.

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Universal Jobmatch and commented:
    The fightback begins…

    Universal Jobmatch

    February 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

  5. “Australian government to expand “work for the dole””

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/11/dole-f11.html

    “Mass unemployment in America”

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/11/pers-f11.html

    Annos

    February 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  6. A potential Letter to my Local Job centre

    To all job centre employees I appeal to your inner self’s or even to that inner child if I have to. To stand up and be counted. I won’t be the first person to say many of the things I am going to say here today and it won’t be the last.

    What you are doing and have been doing to the poorest and the most unfortunate people to ever enter jcp/dwp clutches. You are systematically destroying the very system that you and your family members and friends have relied upon in the time of need and disregarded all efforts of your predecessors and the very community you live in.

    You have become so blinded by your (arrogance) , haughtiness, conceit, hubris, self-importance, egotism) that nothing can touch you and that everything you do has the backing of the (community), a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common ). Well let me shake some of those misconceptions from you mind.

    You like me and others in your local community have to survive this system, whether it is from work and earnings related or (benefit) a payment made by the state to someone entitled to receive it.

    And just to remind you of that rule that means everybody, and for as long as it takes. And let me set the record straight it is not your job to formulate your own feelings on this matter regarding anybody’s entitlements and it is not your place to listen to propaganda no matter where you see or hear it from (TV-Radio-Government).

    (It is better to look after your own community and pay for its longevity then to pay for the carpet-bombing of other countries wouldn’t you say)
    And let me remind you what government is for, to oversee the affairs of the people of that land and by that I mean you and I.

    They are our servants not the other way round we give ourselves benefits for a reason.
    (So to my main point ……….. ) I have this bit ready to go

    Any tips and or better points will be welcome

    Just spreading my love

    Mick

    February 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

  7. So who last year spammed these scammers with their CV by adding a plug in to Chrome?

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/dec/07/jobseekers-site-spammed-with-cvs-by-activists

    Was the developer and promoter of such a plug in misguided with this approach or was Jobcentre Plus or one of these scammers behind it?

    Universal Jobmatch

    February 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    • Probably the same amount who wont report bogus jobs I suspect or try asking Lucy, she seems to know a lot about unarticulated people.

      gaia

      February 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

      • jesus fuck gaia, quit the girly bitching 🙂

        Handbags At Dawn

        February 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

  8. Unfortunately, Jobcentre Pustules (JCP staff) generally DON’T have predecessors. If they actually did, it’d be a very undesirable job (like it isn’t already?!), as it’d be filled by ‘dead men’s shoes’ or a sort of Battle Royale.
    Or the moment one Pustule shows signs of developing a conscience or a backbone, it is terminated.

    A small group of Jobcentre Pustules is known as a Jobcentre Abscess.
    A large group of Jobcentre Pustules is much harder to shift, and is termed a Jobcentre Carbuncle.
    The technical term for Michael Gove is ‘a cyst on the backside of the country’.
    Whereas the IDS Beast, which no-one has been able to satisfactorily explain, is an extra-planetary malign entity, and also a form of plague bubo. Do not approach, unless equipped with full Hazmat suit and flamethrower.

    something survived...

    February 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm

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    puameliaclinic

    February 12, 2014 at 2:49 am

  10. Four people talk about sanctions and the pointlessness of jobcentres.

    http://www.katebelgrave.com/2014/02/four-people-talk-about-sanctions-and-the-pointlessness-of-jobcentres/

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 12, 2014 at 10:51 am

  11. Reblogged this on A Riverside View.

    Kevin Algar

    February 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm


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