An estate agent has claimed that a recruitment company tried to fiddle the dates on its emails to claim commission for placing a candidate.
His account of what happened has now gone viral.
Posted on LinkedIn on Wednesday, by yesterday afternoon it had been widely viewed, plus attracted 155 comments and 331 likes.
Benjamin Willmore, director at a well-known south-west London estate agent, wrote: “I’m gobsmacked by the practices of a recruitment company that called me to say they will change the dates of their emails to make it look like they came in earlier with a CV so they can get the fee as it [the CV] has been sent in by another recruitment company too.
“Due to this, the poor candidate has lost out on a job as we can’t be expected to pay two fees.
“Advice to all, do your homework on recruitment companies as they can hinder you in getting employment.”
Among the many responses was one that said: “I’ve had to do the same. Agencies can get really nasty/threaten legal action, etc, and it’s the candidate who loses out.”
Another said: “This has been happening for years.”
EYE did ask Willmore for a comment, but he declined.