Too good to be true?

UPDATE (14/2/2006) – I’m closing comments on this one. Things are getting a little nasty, and I think the story has been told. The ONLY person I’m likely to add any further comments from is either myself, or comments from the principals of XCel Solutions itself, who rightly should have the opportunity to put their position forward here if they choose to.

Last week, I posted my CV here on acid, as I’m starting to get itchy for some new career experiences – Alli, Hannah and I are particularly interested in using a career move for me as a way of seeing another part of the world. If we can do it while Hannah is still in primary school, we figure we can always return to Australia before she starts high school if working overseas isn’t for us.

Anyhow, to get to the point, my CV is now out there in the public domain, and as a consequence, I’ve received a couple of emails, ostensibly from recruiters/solutions providers who have deals too good to refuse for me. They feel like the recruiting equivalent of a Nigerian email scam…

Here’s the text of the email I received this morning (it’s an HTML email, so there’s bold everywhere in order to show you the important bits):

From: sanee@xcelcorp.com
Subject: XCEL Solutions – IT Job Opportunity in the US
Date: 2 February 2006 10:50:07 AM
To: trib@stephencollins.org

Dear Stephen,

Hope all is well with you. I would like to present to you our company XCEL Solutions Corp and also offer you an exciting IT Professional career in the U.S., I hope you find this opportunity very interesting so we can further discuss your future as part of our XCEL family.

About Us

XCEL SOLUTIONS CORP is a premier Information Technology Solutions Provider with over 6 years of outstanding services to our clients nationwide. Our service is not limited to IT Staffing – Contracting & Full Time Positions, we also have Turnkey Project Execution and BPO & Outsourcing projects and we are currently developing our own line of Software Products. XCEL is led by highly qualified management team who have extensive professional experience and innovative ideas capable of creating a niche market.

We have succeeded in earning the trust and confidence from our Fortune 500 customers by providing our outstanding services to them:

IBM Corporation, Oracle, WebMD, RETEK, Borders Group, Circuit City, Authentidate, Matheson Trigas, Anomaly, Stanford University, Medco Health, Novartis, AFLAC, Ameritrade, Creative Labs, Applied Signal Technology, Nexcom, Ross Stores, Tripod Technologies, CISCO and Publix to name a few.

For more information visit our website www.xcelcorp.com

Information Requested

Please fill in the attached “Employment Application.doc” and send it to me at your earliest convenience along with a copy of you resume in word format. I will review your information and schedule you for a phone interview, I will e-mail you the time and date.

Benefit Package – Full Time Salaried Employee – Please see the attached document for detailed descriptions
1.. We will process your H1B/TN/VISA at our expense. If you are married, we will take care of your dependents visas as well.
2.. Your VISA Processing Fee will be reimbursed (you will have to pay at the USA consulate in your country).
3.. We will provide Air fair for you and your dependant family the first time they come to the USA.
4.. We will provide accommodations for initial 2 weeks at our guest house in NJ (we sometime provide accommodation up to 4 weeks on case-by-case basis — depends on the initial assignment)
5.. You will be paid as a Fulltime Employee (Annual Salaried). You will be paid twice a month and the pay will be Direct Deposit to your Bank Account on every 10th and 25th of the month.
6.. We will provide Health and Dental Insurance Coverage for the employee and dependant family.
7.. Corporate Credit Card (It is difficult to obtain a credit card for the first time in the U.S. without any credit history)
8.. We will help you to obtain a Bank Account, Social Security Number and Driver’s License
9.. You would be eligible for the following paid days:
— Paid Holidays (6 National Holidays)
— Paid Vacations (2 weeks for 1st year of service, 3 weeks afterward)
— Paid Sick Days (5 Paid Sick Leaves)
10.. 401K Retirement Enrollment — We will match 50% of your contribution up to 6% of your earnings (more detail description in the employee handbook).
11.. Tuition Fee (100%) for Professional Certification Courses limit up to $1000 per year. For Higher Educations such as Master’s Program or Ph.D, it will be between 50-100% reimbursement based on the performance and as per the manager’s approval.
12.. Annual Bonus (based on company’s performance)
13.. Employee Referral Fee Program — Refer your friends with strong technical skills to us. We provide referral fee as a token of appreciation.
14.. Salary Revision – Semi annual (twice a year)
15.. Petition for Permanent Resident (Green Card Processing) – We will file petition for your Permanent Resident Status for you and for your dependant family.
16.. Opportunity for Faster Career Growth.
17.. You would be encouraged to participate in Seminars, Tech Expos, Conferences, etc.
18.. You would be given a chance to diversify your career to new technologies as the market demands.
19.. We strongly believe in Business Ethics, Business Values and that our Employees, Clients and Business Partners are our strong assets therefore we make strong emphasis in having a clear and excellent relationship with them.
I can give you more details about the excellent benefit package we provide to our employees. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question.

I am looking forward to speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,

Sanee Monteiro
Senior Recruiting Specialist
XCEL Solutions Corp
732-765-9235 x 115
732-696-9085 (direct)
732-210-0391 (Fax)
sanee@xcelcorp.com
254 Route 34, Ste #3, 2nd Floor | Oakdale Plaza, Matawan NJ 07747 | www.xcelcorp.com

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Now, I don’t know about you, but this looks too good to be true to me. Is there anyone out there with experience with this sort of thing? Know of these guys? It can’t be for real, right?

33 Replies to “Too good to be true?”

  1. Hi Stephen

    What they outline is fairly standard for a medium to large US company that doesn’t mind hiring via temporary visas (usually an issue for US companies if they don’t already know you).

    Note that you get 6 public holidays (versus 11 for Oz), 2 weeks leave in your first year and 3 in subsequent years (versus the usual 4 weeks for Oz) and 5 days sick leave (versus the usual 8 days for Oz).

    Does the Employment Application.doc ask you to divulge a credit card or bank account details or require you to send them money? If not, I wouldn’t be too concerned about responding to them.

    Cheers

    Nathan

  2. Hi Stephen, I’m from Argentina and I’ve received the same email today. While I was googling for info about xcelcorp I found your weblog. Could be true? Too risky for me.

  3. I’ve received the same (I’m from Brasil). As Nathan adviced I carefully look for any fraud evidence and just couldn’t find (until now :P). I’ll set a date for the interview and as soon as I get any response I’ll tell you.

  4. Hi,

    I received the same email. Do you have some news about it?
    How much are they paying?

    Cheers!

  5. I’ve received the same e-mail and I was interviewed. I agree with Nathan. It seems to be true.
    I was approved and I will apply for this job.

  6. congrats fromBrazil. did they give u the offer soon after u finished the interview? what sort of interview was it? was the questions very technical? is it a good pay..please reveal us the next stage of ur offer.

    thank you

  7. Hello folks, I’ve been also interviewed and passed this, it seems that this company seems correct…

    Let me know if you have any problems with it. I will keep this informed too.

    Regards…

  8. fromBrazil2,

    Do they send you an offer letter? If not, did they give you any salary idea? Who interviwed you?

  9. Hello Alissia,

    They did not sent the offer yet, but already proposed the offer, wich was 75k year, as this is a good offer for someone without previous US experience.

    Also, I’ve done some background checks on them, on the Immingration databases, they’ve sponsored some folks, wich tends to be a really liable company.

    I will keep that informed. Please folks, report any problems.

  10. I have several experiences within C and Java programming, like enterprise applications and GUI tools.

    Also I develop J2EE applications and Webservices.

    And what about you? Are you from US? What is your experise area?

  11. Was this offer for the first 6 month? Did they say that after the first 6 month, the salary would be reevaluated?

  12. Yes, the’ve mentioned to re-evaluate within 6 months…

    So, seems to be a good fit, right?

    What about you fromBrazil ? How much they proposed to you?

    We need to unify our stenghts together because we seem to be on the same game.

    Regards,

  13. Pessoal,

    estava procurando algo sobre a empresa e vi os posts de voc??s. Parece que eles querem levar bastante brasileiros para l??. Por acaso algu??m j?? recebeu a oferta definitiva ou eles s?? pediram a documenta????o? Com quem voc??s fizeram as entrevistas?

  14. guys..what was the telphone interview like..very technical or just wanting to know your experiences..please let us know..

    thanks

  15. Hi all,

    Well I got this email like two weeks ago and simply ignored it. Didn’t delete it though cause the fact that they give names and a web address and even physical address made me think it might be true. But my first impresion was “this is a scam”.

    And this week I got another one very similar from “Sapphire Recruiting and Consulting Private Ltd.” Anyone got this one?? It goes in the same direction but they don’t give so many details about the benefits.

    The fact that you guys are on the same page gives me some assurance. I will send the papers through and let you know what happens. As Nathan said as long as you are not sending credit card numbers or money there’s nothing to loose.

    I’m from Venezuela but have lived in Australia for the past 4 years.

    Cheers

  16. Yep, I’ve had both the XCEL and Sapphire emails. I’ve even had Venu from Sapphire call me. The XCEL deal seems more for real – more clear and detailed. Sapphire expect you to pay them for the privilege of finding you a job – up front, no less.

    I’ll be completing the paperwork for XCEL this week, just to see.

    Advice I have from the US suggests they’re both for real, but that they do bodyshop their workers; sending them all over the US to contracts as they get them. If this is your kettle of fish, go for it, I say. May not be suitable for someone with a spouse and family.

  17. Sanee from XCEL and Venu from Sapphire. I wonder if someone got the email from a different person. I replied them both asking if they in fact sent the emails or it was some sort of auto-generated spam. Only Sanee has confirmed so far but this was already into the weekend.

    I have a wife but no kids – yet. I wouldn’t mind moving all over the place for a couple of years. They pay for the rellocations too. For us it’d be worth it just to be closer to Venezuela. We could always come back to Australia if it’s too hard.

    Good luck with all the paperwork. I think I’ll do it just for XCEL too. No way I’m giving any money up front.

    The beauty is these days you couldn’t put up a scam like this without someone blogging about it. Love it!

    Cheers

  18. I think it is great that we have a group together discussing these things. I too got the emails from xcel and sapphire..feel XCEL may be more legitimate and reliable. Passed thro the interview with them…trib can u tell me what sort of paperwork did u end up getting – is it just an offer letter? do you know how long will the process of getting e3 and ending in USA would take?

    I think we should all continue to be in touch as we could all be supportive of each other even in USA..

    thanks
    manasa

  19. I used to work for XCEL as a Director of International Recruiter, I quited because the owner of XCEL (Jit Kumar, a.k.a. Jit Goel, a.k.a. Jitendra Kumar) is the biggest scam artist, he takes advantage of his consultants and mos of the benefits he offers always have a catch or he just doesn’t deliver his promises, there is many consultants that I hired that suffered from the bad and greedy intentions of this individual, people have left their jobs in their countries to come to the US and work for XCEL Solutions only to find themseves unemployed by reason of not being needed by Jit, he could care less if they lost thir job in their country and have to wait to accomodate his plans. Be aware of this guy he is very deceptive and whoever is recruiting for him nowdays don’t know who they are working for, but eventually they will find out and quit, there is not a single employee that lasts more than 6 months before they find out how they are being taken advantage of…

    In the end it will be your decission, I am just telling you what to expect, and to be on the defensive with this guy Jit Kumar, and remember, his employees may not know what kind of a rat he is until they have to quit, so consider that as well.

  20. Hi ladies and gentlemen,

    I use to work for XCEL solutions as a Dir. of International Recruitment/Business Developer, I quited when the owner (Jit Kumar a.k.a. Jit Goel a.k.a. Jitendra Kumar a.k.a. Jitendra Goel) prevented me from bringing 2 consultants that were schedule to start working for XCEL, he did this at the last minute when they already got their Visas and quited their jobs in their countries and made arrangements to come to New Jersey where XCEL’s office is.

    Not only that, but many of the consultants that work for him, (some of them I personally hired) have quited because of the lies and abuse that they suffered at the hand of this individual. Many of the benefits he offers are an illusion just so people falls in the trap, he doesn’t comply with the emplyment agreements he presents to the consultants, I negotiated in some cases salary increases for the consultants, they were supposed to get a raise in 3 to 6 months and they never got it or he just gave them not even half of what they were supposed to get. He told them that the only way for the to get a raise is if he pulled them out of their current project and got them another one elsewhere.

    The consultants were supposed to get free health insurance but later on Jit Kumar started taking deductions form their pay checks for health insurance.

    This is only the tip of the iceberg, I have many other pieces of evidence and testimonials from people he deceived and abused, he spies on employees e-mails and conversations without them knowing.

    Be aware of this company and his owner, his office employees try to do their job and don’t know he is a scam artist until a few months of working there, people who work for him never stay for too long, 6 months max.

    He lies about processing Greencards, there has been several cases where the consultant doesn’t find out that Jit didn’t really process their Greencard until a year after.

    Be aware of XCEL Solutions

  21. Hi ladies and gentlemen,

    I use to work for XCEL solutions as a Dir. of International Recruitment/Business Developer, I quited when the owner (Jit Kumar a.k.a. Jit Goel a.k.a. Jitendra Kumar a.k.a. Jitendra Goel) prevented me from bringing 2 consultants that were schedule to start working for XCEL, he did this at the last minute when they already got their Visas and quited their jobs in their countries and made arrangements to come to New Jersey where XCEL???s office is.

    Not only that, but many of the consultants that work for him, (some of them I personally hired) have quited because of the lies and abuse that they suffered at the hand of this individual. Many of the benefits he offers are an illusion just so people falls in the trap, he doesn???t comply with the emplyment agreements he presents to the consultants, I negotiated in some cases salary increases for the consultants, they were supposed to get a raise in 3 to 6 months and they never got it or he just gave them not even half of what they were supposed to get. He told them that the only way for the to get a raise is if he pulled them out of their current project and got them another one elsewhere.

    The consultants were supposed to get free health insurance but later on Jit Kumar started taking deductions form their pay checks for health insurance.

    This is only the tip of the iceberg, I have many other pieces of evidence and testimonials from people he deceived and abused, he spies on employees e-mails and conversations without them knowing.

    Be aware of this company and his owner, his office employees try to do their job and don???t know he is a scam artist until a few months of working there, people who work for him never stay for too long, 6 months max.

    He lies about processing Greencards, there has been several cases where the consultant doesn???t find out that Jit didn???t really process their Greencard until a year after.

    Be aware of XCEL Solutions

  22. I used to work for Xcel Solutions Corp in Matawan New Jersey- The owner is Jit Kumar AKA Jitendra Goel.

    He is not to be trusted. Xcel is not to be trusted!

    You will get into the US if the INS approves your visa- but you will regret going through a company such as XCEL!

    Jit uses fake names to lure people to his company and make his company look like it bigger than what it is. (
    Most of his consultants leave Xcel-Jit- they figure him out after a while. So he has starting sending contracts to new consultants to instill fear that if they leave they will owe him money- it usually ranges from 60000-and up. He uses this price and says its his fees lost- which is bullshit.

    I could sit here all day talking about this guy Jit and his company run by himself and wife- The man who states he has 100 consultants- and many client (the clients who never send him any job requirements-and when they do his wife Renu will recruit people that are already in the allstates that do not require sponsership.)

    So many lies-so many lives this guy has destroyed.

    I worked for him for a little less then a year-

    If anyone is considering working for him send me a email I can send you some other people who hav worked for him and more information before you chose this path.

    Ella
    ellalorenz@yahoo.com

  23. So it is too good to be true afterall!

    My experience working in the US was all good, so I didn’t consider that the employer would be unethical after you had started working for them.

    Cool use of a blog to find out the truth though.

  24. Dear Stephen Collins and everyone else in this forum,

    My name is Jorge Vazquez and I currently work as a placement manager for Xcel Solutions Corp. in Matawan, NJ. I only wish to state to all of you that the message pasted above, originally from my colleague Sanee, is truthful. I would also like to assure to all of you that Xcel Corp is a well established company doing business in accordance to the USA???s laws.
    However, as in many other fast growing companies, there has been the need to fire certain employees due to poor performance and/or fraudulent behavior who, besides being unable to maintain a job, unprofessionally make statements like the one above without thinking that their resentment against a particular person might actually jeopardize the welfare of dozens of families depending on this company.

    If you are serious about an opportunity to work in the USA as an IT professional, I sincerely exhort you to contact us directly and get the facts yourself. I see that most of these postings have inquiries about salary, but you have to understand that this has to be determined specifically for each individual based on years of professional experience and particular skills. Company???s contact information is at the end of Sanee???s message or through our webpage (www.xcelcorp.com).

    Sincerely
    Jorge Vazquez

  25. I don’t know, I feel as sceptical about the ex-employees as I felt about the original emails. I smell something fishy in there too. Maybe I just want to believe the whole thing is true … what are your thoughts? will yous go ahead with the application?

  26. What do you think about get in touch with some of Xcel clients? They can tell us the real truth behind all this.
    Let me know what do you think about it!

  27. Hi,

    I received the same email and talked to Sanee and Jit. Everything looks fine to me. I already sent my paperwork to Jit and I’m waiting for they contact with the offer letter.
    As Nathan Drury said, they aren???t asking for money and if you check the Better Business Bureau of New Jersey, you can see that there is nothing wrong with the company, so all I can do is wait. That???s my opinion: There is nothing to get worried. But is up to you decide to go or not, just let them know about your decision, so you can be in peace with you and with them.

  28. This Fellow Jorge has been hypnotized by Jit, of course he would say those things, he wants business for XCEL so he can get paid, you are not even the owner and you are defending XCEL with such rabid passion, you are worrying about the welfare of dozens of families??? well I know for a fact half a dozen families that have been affected by Jit, including mine, and I know there are others for sure.

    This people have the right to know the hidden bad side of Jit Kumar, if you don’t want to believe it then don’t, he is going to be extra nice to you just so everything looks like as if he is really a good guy, well let me tell you, I invited this Jit to my house as my friend while I was in NJ, I trusted him just like you do right now and didn’t believe when Gopal, Akshay, Randy and Shimon said bad things about Jit, but eventually things fell into place and it was clear that this guy did not hesitate to be a snake and take advantage of people’s trust and lack of knowledge of the labor laws as well as immigration.

    Did you know that he has acces to your e-mails and phone conversations??? if you know, I guess you also know that The federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act requires your employer to get your consent in writing before spying on you, in addition to that consent, the employer should have a written policy that clearly spells out the purpose of the monitoring and the company’s right to eavesdrop. But that still doesn’t give an employer wholesale control over an employee’s personal communications; that could result in a questionable invasion of privacy.

    I understand he is going to tell you and show you all kinds of bad things about his ex-amployees (whom by the way don’t last more than 6 or 8 months, ask Jit and he will say that they were all bad employees) but why are you so eager to only hear one side of the story??? unless you are just like him.

    Anyway, good luck to everyone, and believe what you want, but do not be naive like I was when I worked for XCEL.

    mixolydian1370@yahoo.com

    God bless

  29. WARNING!

    Guys, be careful with this JIT KUMAR, he is a big liar.

    Here are some of the facts:

    There’s no DATA-CENTER, what he calls a datacenter is a 10 feet square room with 6 computers and two IP phone lines.

    Once you get here, he won’t pay any salary raise.

    Now he’s trying to make us pay half of the Health and Dental insurances.

    There won’t be any reimbursement for certifications or any certification program at all.

    He spies on his employee’s e-mails and IM messages by loggin EVERYTHING that passes through his network.

    He also logs phone calls, so if you dial from any of his phone lines within his office he will know.

    If you spent more than three weeks doing bench time you won’t be paid and this is not stated on the contract.

    If you try leave him, his going to threat you by telling you that you would have to pay $6,000 dollars or more for “expenses” he’s run into for you.

    There are many “dark” stories to tell about XCEL SOLUTIONS please be advised.

    Many of the consultants on projects had left him without notice, because of his ways.

    Renu (not Venu) is his wife.

    NOTE: I put a picture of XCEL SOLUTIONS office here (nothing more real than a picture right?)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chilangoinusa/

    If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly through this e-mail: chilangoinusa@yahoo.com.mx

    Good luck to you all!

  30. Oh I almost forgot Jorge, he might cry in front of you just to make his story more dramatic, he likes doing that…

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