A little background. My background is not a tech. I decided to join tech after self studying.
When I was working at a non tech company as a non tech position, I was offered a job from one of those scam tech companies, which I had no idea back then. It was just a phone interview and they told me they would hire me. (which I should have known, but I was desperate to find a tech job). So, I took the job and left my first company.
In case you don't know about them, this scam tech company is one of those companies that tell people that they will train them, but after you are trained, they fake your resume with let say 5-6 years of experience and send it to different companies and they take portion of your contract wages.
After finding that out, I got out from there. More precisely, I finished the training and left. I believe I "worked" there (yes, I did get paid while getting trained) for about 4 months or so.
After that I got hired for legitimate contract to hire position and it has been about 2 years that turned into the full time position. In total 2 and 3 months as a current position including contract period.
Then I decided to move up my career and I was recently offered a verbal job confirmation from a major tech company.
I'm just wondering, should I include the scam company as part of my work history. I did put that as part of my resume saying "confidential consulting company".
My coworkers who know about the situations told me to not even provide it. But I'm wondering what will happen. Especially I have about 8 months gap if I don't show that as part of my work history from non-tech to tech.
I really don't want to miss this opportunity because working for FANG has always been my dream. Should I put it as my work history when I file my paperwork and not mention anything about it? I do believe I still retain a W2 from that company. So was wondering if I do provide my W2, they might not contact that company. But that company turned out to be quite known on the internet as a scam tech.
Any advice would be really appreciated.