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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

BeyondTek IT / Beyond Tek IT / beyondtekit.com spam

Here's an annoying spammer.. but who are they exactly?


From:     Nick Snow ---- BeyondTekIT Nick@beyondtekit.com
Date:     27 November 2012 10:24
Subject:     Your IT Jobs - HR

Hello:

The IT market is extremely HOT right now and there is no doubt that, there is a severe shortage of qualified, experienced IT candidates and an over-abundance of IT jobs being advertised by companies all over the country. It seems, most qualified candidates are in such high demand that they are getting multiple offers, which is making it difficult for companies to fill certain positions.

That being said please let me know if you currently have any hard-to-fill IT positions at  that we could provide candidates for. We can assist with contract, contract-to-hire/temp-to-perm, or permanent positions.

We have candidates available across all technologies and skill-sets, including (this is only a partial list):
Programmers/Developers - Java, C++, .Net, Ruby, Web, Perl, Python, PHP, ColdFusion, etc
Systems Analysts / Business Analysts
QA Engineers/Analysts/Testers
DBA's - SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, etc
SAP Consultants - Technical, Functional, Techno-Functional, Analysts, Developers
Oracle Consultants - Technical, Functional, Techno-Functional, Analysts, Developers
Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence Developers/Engineers - ETL, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, Cognos, etc
Project Managers
Systems Administrators - Linux, Window, etc
Executive - CIO, CTO, VP of IT, etc

PS - We have just started offering our clients a business model of hiring off-site developers, who can be your employees but working from our office in India. Please ask me for more details, and I can send you our PowerPoint presentation.

Thank you.

Nick Snow
BeyondTek IT
Tel: 714-572-1544
nick@beyondtekit.com
www.BeyondTekIT.com
The spam (and it is spam) originates from a server on 216.14.62.75 (Telepacific Communications, Los Angeles) which also hosts the beyondtekit.com and beyondtechit.com domains.

So who are BeyondTekIT? (They also spell their name Beyond Tek IT and BeyondTek IT). The WHOIS details for the beyondtekit.com (and beyondtechit.com) are no help because they are anonymised. So, perhaps their website gives a clue.. and indeed they give the following contact details:

BeyondTek IT
1057 E. Imperial Highway, Suite 509
Placentia, CA 92870

Phone: 714-572-1544
Fax:     714-364-9705

General Inquiries:                     info@beyondtekit.com
Candidate Resume Submittals: resume@beyondtekit.com
So, this is a California company. So it must be registered in the State of California? Err.. no. There is no business entity of this name. So let's check out the address.. well, that turns out to be a store called Postal Max that rents out mailboxes.

A bit of hard searching around shows that this is not a US based company at all, but is actually based in India (the email mentions an Indian connection). Their real website is at beyondtech.in and clearly mentions the maildrop address on their contact page.

The WHOIS details for this domain are:

Registrant ID:SB23414228
Registrant Name:Nishant Rastogi
Registrant Organization:One MG
Registrant Street1:23, North Boag Road, TNagar
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Chennai
Registrant State/Province:Tamil Nadu
Registrant Postal Code:600017
Registrant Country:IN
Registrant Phone:+91.9444034408
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:mail@onemg.in


I personally wouldn't recommend giving any personal details to spammers, and I certainly wouldn't recommend giving details to a company that seems to spend some effort to conceal who they really are. But, bear in mind that there are no anti-spam laws in India which explains the high level of Indian spam messages (think SEO spam) that we see, so under Indian law they are probably not doing anything wrong, but surely if they are trading as a California entity then they need to be registered?


6 comments:

BeyondTEK said...

If you do extra research, you will see that www.beyondtech.in is a completely different company based in India. So, please be careful of your comments before you post anything.

Conrad Longmore said...

@BeyondTEK - it's a completely different company with the same address, telephone number and an almost identical name? What a coincidence.

Hong Lom said...

They suck and are a PITA a complete waste of time. India spammers for sure.

Steve Farfala said...

At this time, http://web.beyondtekitmail.com is a login page with the header "Mass Mail Email Marketer", proving that this could not possibly be connected to spam, unless you are referring to solicitation promted advertising mail (s.p.a.m.), and not spiced ham ;)

an889v said...

beyondtekit is a recruiting company that has a base in both California and India. The one in California is actually located by Highway 57 and Imperial Hwy.

First Last said...

I tried to give this agency the benefit of the doubt when answering an employment ad placed on Craigslist (thinking I was responding to an individual who wanted IT help). I got stuck with a "Peter James" whose accent would change each time I spoke to him. Lots of Peter James' at this office in India I suppose.

I would get two versions of every email. One from Peter James and the other from Peter James. One of the Peter James' would send an email and then call me to say 'look at my email'.

Despite being very worried about having already sent my resume with contact info on it, I tried to make the best of it. Over the course of a week I answered some rather benign questions from the first Peter James. Then the same exact same questions from the second one. Then more questions, and...cryptic phone calls saying, 'look at my email'.

I finally sent short emails to the twin James' saying that I was no longer interested. The emails were quickly followed by a flurry of phone calls from the California office that I did not answer and an email from the 'account manager' that I did not respond to. I'm still worried about what will happen to me!

I will say this. I wont go so far as to call it a scam. I don't have any personal evidence to make that claim. BUT..if this is a legitimate employment agency, they REALLY REALLY TRULY SUCK AT IT!!!!