Government contractor CSRA warns of job recruiter scam

WASHINGTON — Cold-call job recruitment scams are a growing problem as the online job listings segment grows, and local contractor CSRA Inc. is warning potential job-seekers that it appears to have been hit with such a scam.

CSRA said scammers are posing as company executives, often using names of the actual executives, to solicit applications for jobs at CRSA. The Falls Church-based contractor said the scammers are using fake gmail accounts to communicate with victims, and then conducting interviews while posing as a CSRA hiring executive.

The goal of the scammers is to get personal information from victims, and that includes sending applicants what appear to be checks in order to get their financial information.

CSRA said there has been a steady uptick in this type of scam over the past few weeks — not just at CSRA, but possibly in the larger government contracting industry as a whole.

Legitimate candidates for jobs with CSRA, however, are not reporting any problems.

CSRA offers some common-sense tips for those who post their resumes and other personal information online:

  • Never provide banking information during the interview process
  • CSRA will always provide a formal offer letter when offering employment
  • All CSRA electronic communications contain email addresses with the domain of

CSRA reported the scam to law enforcement and federal agencies, including the FBI, and is fully cooperating with them. The firm also asks job seekers to report suspicious cold-call job offers to the Federal Trade Commission.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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