4 Typical DS-MAX MLM Scam Job Ads Found On Monster, HotJobs, CareerBuilder And Jobster

Using the names of companies accused of being DS-Max (now known as Innovage) subsidiaries/affiliates on Ripoffreport and a list on DS-Max The Aftermath, I did a search of Monster, Hot Jobs, and other job sites to pick out real ads that are out there and should be avoided.

In order to make sure I was on the right track, I compared their contents examples from ex-employees, also on Aftermath and Ripoffreport, and to the Midtown Promotions ad that started this whole investigation…

1. Creative Mind Insights (Jobster)
Creative Mind Insights, Inc specializes in promotional advertising and event marketing for clients in the non-profit industries(D.A.R.E AMERICA AND TOYS FOR TOTS). We are seeking motivated and career minded individuals to develop into an Executive Manager; through all areas of advertising, marketing, sales, and executive client management. A large part of our success is due to our hands-on program, which focuses on developing management and customer service skills in a professional environment. We are looking to cross-train all qualified candidates from the ground up.

Excerpt [Jobster]
Archived in full [DSMAX The Aftermath]

2. Stafford Business Solutions (HotJobs, Career Builder)

Growing Firm Looking for Hard Working CAREER MINDED Individuals: Stafford Business Solutions
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Job ID 1
Company Name Stafford Business Solutions
Job Category Sales; Marketing
Location Philadelphia, PA

Allentown, PA
Position Type Full-Time, Employee
Salary Unspecified
Experience 1-2 Years Experience
Date Posted March 1, 2007 (Reposted Jun 18)

Stafford Business Solutions
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entry level marketing, sales/marketing, entry level, full time, sales

Stafford Business Solutions, Inc. is currently offering positions at the entry level for sales and marketing.

We are expanding this year to four new locations. As we provide paid training and promote only from within, all individuals must begin by getting the sales experience needed to grow in the marketing industry. This position involves face to face sales to new customers. Therefore, all individuals must possess excellent communication skills, professionalism and integrity to be trusted with our client’s business accounts. Once proving they have the basic communication and sales skills needed to move forward in the marketing industry, individuals will be trained in various other areas of management from meetings to human resources, finances, leadership and more.

All applicants must possess the following:
– Experience in a team or people related field.

– Great communication and analytical skills.
– Ability to excel in unsupervised solo assignments as well as team projects.
– The personality to thrive in a merit-based environment.

We are in search of candidates looking for a challenging career, not just a temporary job making a temporary paycheck. We will not hire someone if we do not see them growing within our company.

Entry-level account executives are responsible for the following:

– Meeting business clients to discuss current and new Business Accounts
– Assisting in the daily operation of a start-up company.
– Developing and implementing original training techniques to achieve

internal goals.
– Developing strong leadership skills to build a high performance, cross-

functional team environment.
– Managing external customers needs.
– Developing excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills.

If you possess these skills, please do not hesitate, we are looking to fill our openings as soon as possible.

Please email your responses to : hr@sbssolutionsinc.com (please cut and paste your resume) NO ATTACHMENTS!!

To expedite the process, you may also contact our human resource manager, Jessica, to schedule a preliminary interview with one of our hiring managers @ (610)-825-0210.

Proud Member of the Better Business Bureau


*Stafford Business Solutions, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, or age. Compensation on pay for performance basis.

Keywords: Entry level sales, sales and marketing, entry level sales and marketing, team player, new grad, sales, entry level, sales rep, sales and marketing, sales, entry level sales, entry level, sales and marketing, entry level sales rep, entry level sales and marketing, sales and marketing, team player, sports-oriented, help wanted, new grad, Full-time, New grad, sales, sales, entry level sales, entry level, sales and marketing, entry level sales rep, entry level sales and marketing, sales and marketing, team player, sports-oriented, help wanted, new grad, Full-time, New grad, sales.

“This is due to the overwhelming response to the available positions and the urgent need of our services by our clients.” So overwhelming they repost this same ad more than once a week.

[Career Builder]

3. Child Safety Enterprises Inc. (Career Builder)

Contact Information
Contact: vicky
Phone: 631-860-0232
Email: Send Email Now >>
Fax: Not Available
Ref ID: Not Available

* Posted: 5/27/2007
* Location: US-NY-Long Island
* Base Pay: $40,000.00 – $50,000.00 /Year
* Other Pay: bonuses and incentives
* Employee Type: Full-Time Employee
* Industry: Advertising Retail Public Relations
* Manages Others: Yes
* Job Type: Marketing Entry Level Training
* Req’d Education: High School
* Req’d Experience: At least 1 year(s)
* Req’d Travel: Up to 25%
* Relocation Covered: No
* Division: training


***STUDENT HOT LINE 631-860-0232 CALL NOW***



CHILD SAFETY ENTERPRISES, INC.is New York’s fastest growing promotional event marketing firm. With offices that recently expanded to Boston, Florida, and Texas, we are working with more national clients than ever. Due to our expanding client base, we are looking for ambitious and driven individuals with high-energy attitudes to join our team.

Our advertising and marketing firm is the leader in direct advertising and event marketing industry. We represent clients at sporting events, fairs, festivals, malls and major retail locations and department stores. Our portfolio includes national charities and non-profit organizations as well as the sporting and racing industries.

We currently have entry-level openings in:

# Promotions

# Event Marketing

# Sales and Public Relations

# Management


To apply: Cut and paste your resume and email it to [Click here for email] NO ATTACHMENTS WILL BE OPENED!

For immediate consideration please call Colleen @ 631-860-0232

People from all backgrounds seeking full time opportunities or internships in the following areas are encouraged to inquire about our program: sales, customer service, part time, managers, accounting, marketing, clerical, management, public relations, human resources, driver, security, administrative assistant, purchasing, medical, administrative, receptionist, retail, maintenance, warehouse, sports teams, entry level, education, finance, director, telecommunications, real estate, training, engineering, insurance, data entry, project manager, information technology, part time, printing, technician, legal, automotive, teacher, winter, banking, analyst, nursing, restaurant, controller, network, public relations, environmental, nurse, design, quality, safety, secretary, office, assistant, hotel, accountant, account executive, vice president, medical assistant, transportation, supervisor, general, public relations, advertising, writer, fraternity, social services, finance, java, all, graphic, public relations, mba, holiday, office manager, sales manager, field representative, mortgage, social work, training, cms, attorney, research, payroll, oracle, executive assistant, paralegal, courier post, drivers, pharmaceutical, operations, president, web, help wanted, rn, advertising, law enforcement, auto cad, health care, executive, food, production, chef, sports oriented, cad, project management, tax, auto, editor, hospitality, hvac, training, team player, pharmaceutical sales, tourism, it, collections, spanish, unix, art, buyer, facilities, professional, mechanical, bartender, help desk, hospitality, travel, logistics, call center, truck driver, inventory, financial ,computers, communications, pharmacist, police, teaching, counselor, chemist, plant manager, ncaa, photography, promotional advertising, book keeper, medical sales, electrical engineer, health, trader, bilingual, business analyst, recruiter, junior executive, cfo, accounts payable, account manager, sports, sorority, cashier, financial, music, social worker, publishing, project, support, business development, lpn, welder, clerk, technical, quality assurance, promotional sales, government, distribution, secretarial, sales management, mental health, nanny, child care, registered nurse, cna, Japanese, technical support, administration, property manager, cook, shipping, pharmacy, coordinator, entertainment, management training, new grads.

***STUDENT HOT LINE 631-860-0232 CALL NOW***

Even when the ads aren’t student-focused, the number is the same.

[Career Builder]

4. Matrix Distribution, Inc. (Career Builder, Monster)

Must be an offshoot of Matrix Marketing on Michigan; while looking up Matrix Marketing, I came across this ad, which is almost, word for word, a copy of DS-Max ads by other companies.

Contact Information
Contact: Human Resources
Phone: 614-844-5976
Email: Send Email Now >>
Fax: 614-540-7445
instantly fax your resume >>
Ref ID: spt,mkt-178

* Posted: 6/15/2007
* Location: US-OH-Columbus
* Base Pay: N/A
* Employee Type: Full-Time Employee
* Industry: Advertising Public Relations Sales – Marketing
* Manages Others: Yes
* Job Type: Management Marketing
* Req’d Education: Not Specified
* Req’d Experience: None
* Req’d Travel: Up to 25%
* Relocation Covered: No

Marketing. Advertising. Public Relations. WORK WITH SPORTS MERCH
Company: Matrix Distribution, Inc.

Description: Marketing. Advertising. Public Relations.

Based in the Worthington area, Matrix Distribution is a promotional advertising/ marketing company that specializes in marketing for the consumer products industry. Setting up and expediting promotions for our clients is our main focus. This year, our success with our blue chip client base has lead us to increase our marketing and management team. We value innovation, leadership, growth potential and a positive attitude; we offer career opportunities and fun work environment.

MATRIX DISTRIBUTION is a marketing firm that strongly believes when people are excited about what they do, they are more productive. For that reason, we strive to create a fun atmosphere that is still conductive to learning. We represent top-notch clients and focus on bringing in new quality accounts for them. Over the last 2 years we have accumulated over 500 national clients. We are now evaluating candidates for an account management position to help oversee our client’s expansion. Growth and compensation based on personal performance.


Account Managers are responsible for demographic research, client meetings, campaign meetings and ensuring the overall satisfaction of the client in regards to their campaign. No experience is necessary. The successful candidate is extremely articulated, competitive by nature, motivated to succeed and excels in a fast-paced, high-energy environment. All openings start out at the entry-level and are ideal for the recent college graduates, experienced marketing professionals and persons seeking a career change.

If you feel you fit the criteria email your r


to ([Click here for email])
No Attachments – Copy and Paste resume

Qualified candidates will be contacted regarding an interview. For immediate consideration contact Human Resources at 614-844-5976.

People from all backgrounds seeking part time or full time opportunities in the following areas are encouraged to inquire about our program: sales, customer service, part time, manager, accounting, marketing, clerical, management, sports marketing, advertising, computer, human resources, sports advertising, marketing manager, driver, security, product advertising, administrative assistant, marketing assistant, marketing sports promotions, manager, purchasing, sports merchandise, sports merchandising, marketing assistant, administrative, receptionist, retail, maintenance, warehouse, entry level, sports and recreation, education, product marketing, promotions, finance, director, public relations, telecommunications, real estate, advertising specialist, public relations specialist, sports, insurance, sports marketing, project manager, advertising assistant, information technology, promotional marketing, printing, technician, automotive, teacher, public relations, sports merchandise, sports merchandising, banking, analysis, nursing, controller, advertising manager, network, public relations, environmental, nurse, design, safety, Secretary, office, assistant, hotel, accountant, medical assistant, transportation, supervisor, General, advertising, social services, office manager, communications, sales, manager, mortgage, social work, training, executive assistant, hospitality, pharmaceutical sales, collections,

“MATRIX DISTRIBUTION is a marketing firm that strongly believes when people are excited about what they do, they are more productive.” Sounds so much creepier when you know anything about DS-Max.


If you spot a multi-level-marketing scam ad online, report it to the job posting site and request a takedown. Check out this post on identifying these types of ads.It’s really pathetic that these sites don’t do more to police their postings. As if finding a job wasn’t hard enough. It’s a great disservice to job-seekers to have to wade through scam crap. And of course, DS-MAX affiliates are but the tip of the iceberg. There’s many other scams floating through these sides readily apparent to anyone with basic reading comprehension abilities. — BRIAN FAIRBANKS

PREVIOUSLY: How To Spot A DS-MAX Style MLM Scam Job Ad
Our DS-MAX Thread
Our Undercover Investigation Into A DS-MAX Affiliated Company

Note: No definitive ties have been established between Midtown Promotions and DS-MAX/Innovage.


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  1. alpha says:

    What you need to do now is get some people to make a fancy script that can filter out all of this junk when people try to use said career sites. Maybe then this third party site that can get worthwhile jobs from the big guys, but filter out all the junk will actually be useful…Since places like Monster seem to have become next to worthless much of the time…

  2. SaveMeJeebus says:

    Has anybody ever heard of “YourTravelBiz,” or “YTB” for short? I have a coworker of mine who is very optimistic about an “opportunity” given to her by a friend to earn $5K/mo for operating an online travel agency or something like that. It is something like a $500 initial fee and then about $50/mo to keep and they keep 60% of all sales or something. I had a PPT of the sales pitch but deleted it due to server space in my email. If Consumerist wants it, I will have her send it to me again.

  3. antijamsect says:

    As someone who used to work at Careerbuilder, I can tell you they don’t give a damn about the quality/legitimacy of the jobs they are posting, as long as they are getting paid. And with the high-pressure sales quotas, the sales reps will take anything, or risk getting fired for not meeting quota.

  4. Ben-M says:

    I had initially gone job hunting (careerbuilder.com) I encountered a place like this.

    I live in the Philadelphia area… After leaving school and looking all over for work, I was very excited to get my first interview – didn’t matter where, anywhere was good.

    I did do my research prior to going to the interview – couldn’t really find anything on the company, thought it was a little strange, but went to the interview anwyay.

    I could tell that the place was full of schemers. It was the whole nine yards, same thing as what was described in the recent article about DS-Max or whoever.

    I got home and dug deeper trying to find out about the place. Sure enough, I finally got the idea.

    Needless, to say I didn’t go to the follow-up interview.

    I kept looking for jobs and these places were ALL over, it was disgusting. There is one good thing however… once you recognize one, you recognize them all.

    Around here they had people hustling businesses to convert them to Verizon (phone), almost all of the postings had the phrase ‘COR’ (or ‘CORE’) in their company name. The one I dealt with was CorConcepts.

    Whatever, I truly believe there is a spot reserved in hell for the people actually making money off this.

  5. Zennie20 says:

    I completely agree with Ben-M above. I live in the Philly area too and almost fell victim to a company call IMG, Inc. that use these same practices. I still get emails from Monster containing at least 3-4 of postings from MLM scum per day. I really wish Monster, CareerBuilder, etc. would add a filter to get rid of these things. I have a fear that good, honest people will get suckered into the trap that these companies create.

  6. bluemeep says:

    Ah, CareerBuilder… Want to see real quality listings of theirs? Run a search for “phone actress.”

    Hoo nelly.

  7. Gopher bond says:

    @SaveMeJeebus: In YTB you make most (probably all) of your money recruiting others.

  8. Prince of Zemunda says:

    @SaveMeJeebus: Testicles is right. My wife’s parents signed up for this junk. They invited us to one of the meetings to hear about the company. At least the guys that were there were honest enough to tell you that the way to make money was through getting other people to join and not through booking trips. You get money from people joining and if your recruits get people to join you get money for that too. The meeting was nothing short of a big pep rally of people enthusiastically telling how great YTB was. To me it seemed like a modified pyramid scheme.

  9. Dangerdog says:

    I applied for and was asked to interview for Wentworth Marketing in Atlanta. Look at their website [www.wentworthmarketing.net] What do they do? I sure couldn’t tell. All they talk about is the people they hire and how they train their employees. Nothing about the service they provide.

    I realized what was going on and did some research on DS-Max and all that stuff. Went home and told my boyfriend about this ridiculous scam job I had stupidly applied for.

    Turns out he had applied to the same company a few years ago when he was fresh out of college! Unlike me, he went to the interview and even got suckered into going to the 2nd interview. He shadowed salespeople door to door pushing Bell South all day and then went back to the office where they banged on a drum and chanted! They really did!

    He decided not to take the job.

  10. Marko_Vulvic says:


    That site: [www.wentworthmarketing.net] is just a TemplateMonster.com template. You can always tell by the boilerplate text (it often comes in the template already) and the cheesy music.

    Look at any DS-MAX style company’s site, and if it has that same bargain basement “techno” style music looping in the background, lots of useless Flash with suspiciously vague marketing-speak text, then Hot Dog, you have a wiener.

    Head over to the various web template sites and if it’s on their, scam. Real companies pay more than $65 for a website!

    Aside: If consumerist ever wanted to get some dirt on how the shady side of the web-design / hosting game works, I got some stories to tell!

  11. Trai_Dep says:

    We (I guess that means Consumerist) really needs to rake the job boards over the coals for enabling fraud and deceit. Every month, if not more. Interviews with HotJobs, Monster & Careerbuilder execs (or notices here informing Consumerist’s readership that they’re dodging.

    These places are con jobs taking advantage of the board’s primary audience.

    They clutter up the listings away from legitimate employers to the point that I stopped going to one board (Yahoo (we suck!) HotJobs).

    These places create incentives that coerce employees to commit fraud.

    I could go on.

    Or, perhaps, force these companies to use proper job categories (Sales ONLY). That way the boards make their money, the companies pay (and pay) but we can weed them out.

  12. formated4tv says:

    A long time ago I had a job for a place like this (for 3 days, literally). They were called Five Points Marketing, so if anyone ever sees a job offer from them, please ignore/delete it.

  13. palaste says:

    @Marko_Vulvic: I would not want to visit any website that had background music.

  14. afq1483 says:

    I’ve seen a bunch of postings that list a $65000 yearly salary, but when you go to their website to complete the application process, it states in small print that the salary will be adjusted based on performance (meaning: sales) after six months. The $65k figure is just a made up number to get your attention.

  15. SexCpotatoes says:

    Is there some way we could get a coordinated vigilante attack launched against these bastards… like, I dunno, repeatedly calling and asking one question at a time about their “job offer” etc. 1-8xx numbers charge the call receiving party per call you know…

    Or hell, do the same with Monster.com, et al, and record ourselves grilling them over their shitty practices of letting scum like these MLM dirtbags harrass earnest employment seekers with their duplicitous ads.

  16. Trai_Dep says:

    I think we need to take the hate to Monster, HotJobs and CareerBuilder for allowing them to miscatagorize these things, or list these sleazes to begin with.

    DX-Max people are shameless scum. They’ll just giggle.

  17. Blind But Now I See says:

    Here’s another – SKYMAX – San Antonio TX

  18. quentin says:

    I’m currently out of a job, and am certainly will NOT be fooled by their BS. Doing a google search for every job you apply will help. IF they don’t reveal what name of the company is or refuse to, walk away.