Dear Job Seekers,
We are aware of the SCAM employment offers being offered and advertised on through various websites and employment sites in both the US and Canada. We are currently working with the service provider of this url to have it removed from the net.
10 things to note.
- We are tomasianent.com, NOT tomasian-ent.com.
- The email addresses firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com are NOT affiliated with Tomasian Entertainment LLC.
- We do not and have never had an employee by the name of Sean Highberg.
- Our staff consists of 3 full-time employees and currently 4 interns. (Interns are per semester.) We have no need for a Recruitment Manager or Employment Manager. And all employment and internship hires are the sole decision of company President, O Tomas Bell.
- We have never reached out directly to any potential employee or intern. While we periodically post internship notices on indeed.com, entertainmentcareers.net, or internships.com, we have our own employment portal at employment.tomasianent.com. In addition, our notices may be found on industry specific websites such as GRAMMYpro.com, AIMP.org, AES.org, and Midem.com.
- Tomasian Entertainment LLC is an online audio, music and voice services company. We have three departments, TE Music, TE Productions and TE Publishing. None of these departments produce live events. Any events we are involved in are produced and promoted by a third party.
- The programming we do offer, collegiate workshops through our TE College Tours Program, is promoted by the campus organization the brings the programming to their campus, not us. We also do not refer to our programming as events.
- The term “TE Family” or “Welcome to the TE Family” is NEVER utilized in employment or internship offerings. It is a term used exclusively on our social media platforms.
- As we are an online company, most of our clients pay us online. Therefore, if you were employed by us, you would never be involved in client payments or negotiations.
- When we do accept in person payments (about 4 to 5 times a year), those checks go from the hands of our clients to the hands of our company President, O Tomas Bell.
5 things you can do to protect yourself.
- Check the email url. If the website url (tomasianent.com) and the email url (tomasian-ent.com) are different, question it. Go to the website and see if the email that you’re corresponding with is listed. If it’s not, send an email via the website asking for confirmation of correspondence. If it is a gmail email address, (we use firstname.lastname@example.org for our general mailbox), follow the above steps as well as check the Google Plus profile associated with the email address. Most businesses have a Google Plus profile.
- When you do a google search, do a “specific” google search. If you google email@example.com, you will find many results leading you to our websites. This will lead you to believe the email address is legitimate. However, if you do a “specific” search including quotes before and after the search item “firstname.lastname@example.org”, you will find that there are currently only 2 fraudulent entries which lead to an artist resource website in Chicago. (We are working to have them removed as well.) Likewise, googling email@example.com will provide you with links to our websites. But googling “firstname.lastname@example.org” will reveal: No results found for “email@example.com”.
- Do not trust anyone who hires you site unseen (without at least an interview). Think about this, if you apply for a job online at your local supermarket, no one will send you an email asking you to come to work tomorrow. Likewise, any company that asks you to represent them at events would make sure that you properly represent the company. This would include an phone interview and/or an interview by Skype. All of our employees and virtual interns interview with our company President face to face in NYC or virtually via Skype, with no exceptions.
- No legitimate company would ever ask an employee to deposit a business check in their personal checking account and then send a portion of said check back to the business. That is money laundering, tax evasion, check fraud and embezzlement.
- Lastly, to deposit a business check in their personal checking account and then send a portion of said check back to the business, follow DRB – Decline, Report, Block.
- DECLINE the offer if it seems fishy to you. Any business that receives a decline from a potential employee or intern will move on to the next potential employee or intern.
- REPORT what you find to the Better Business Bureau, State Attorney General, or other local agency. We became aware of this scam because the Better Business Bureau in Canada reached out to us. Shortly thereafter, we began receiving emails from people who visited our website and connected with us directly.
- BLOCK the email address from contacting you further. There is no reason to engage with a scammer who is wasting your time with fake employment and attempting to involve you in a criminal act.
I wish you the best in your job search. And I am so sorry if you’ve come here because you have been offered non-existent employment.
Best to you,
O Tomas Bell
Tomasian Entertainment LLC