Scammers HCI International are doing business under other names

NOTE:The original version of this post contained much stronger accusatory language. In October, 2010, I was contacted by someone who claimed to be associated with the companies in this post. He was very upset at my accusation that the companies were running a scam. Although I have no intention just to buckle to his pressure, I re-read the post and realized that my accusations were not based on my direct experience. Although all the information I’ve gathered leads me to believe strongly that these people are misrepresenting themselves to scam money out of desperate job hunters, I have no direct evidence of it. Therefore, I changed the language in this post to reflect this more directly.

When I was job hunting in 2009, I had a bad experience with HCI International which I documented on this blog post.
This week, their name came up in a discussion thread in the Austin High-Tech LinkedIn group. Several people pointed out that the same people who run HCI International are running the same questionable business practices under several business names. This Better Business Bureau profile shows that the parent company is called MCW, Inc. and that they are doing business as HCI International, THE and in San Antonio as STC International.
Here’s the relvant info from the BBB profile:

Business Contact and Profile for MCW, Inc
Name: MCW, Inc
Phone: (972) 818-5420
Fax: (972) 818-5429
Address: 515 Congress Ave., Suite 2260
Austin, TX 78701
Original Business Start Date: August 2001
Principal: Mr. Ian McClure, President
Customer Contact: Mr. Joe Johnson, Executive Vice President - (512) 474-9466
Type of Business: Career & Outplacement Counseling, Employment Agencies, Employment Counseling, Executive Search Consultants, Personnel Consultants
BBB Accreditation: MCW, Inc is not a BBB Accredited business.
Additional DBA Names:
STC International
HCI International
Additional Locations and Phone Numbers
Additional Addresses
515 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
17950 Preston Road Suite 1070
Dallas, TX 75252
Fax: (972) 733-1601
Fax: (972) 733-1601
8200 IH 10 W # 720
San Antonio, TX 78230
Tel: (210) 979-7726
Fax: (210) 979-0971
100 Congress Ave # 760
Austin, TX 78701
Tel: (512) 474-9466
Fax: (512) 474-9491
Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (512) 476-2333