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Thread poster: Arthur Godinho

Arthur Godinho  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:25
Member (2009)
English to Portuguese
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Aug 12, 2011

I received the following e-mail. The sender sent it to me after looking me up on PROZ and checking my profile.

I have checked with a friend in London. This is a SCAM, so be careful.

I post it here simply as a 'heads up' to my fellow translators. Notice that in the 'Positions' section there is a listing for translators.
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You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: langhamhotel11
Author's Profile: http://www.proz.com/profile/1445204
Author's IP address: 41.138.190.214
Message type: Job-related
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LangHam Hotel London
1C Portland Place Regent Street
London
W1B 1JA
United Kingdom
+44 702 408 2990
+44 702 405 6338

The LangHam Hotel urgently needs the services of devoted and hardworking workers, who are ready to work after undergoing enlistment training in all sectors. Qualified persons should contact us immediately for job placement here at the LangHam Hotel as the Hotel Management intends to increase its man power base due to increasing number of customers in the Hotel.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Employment Type: Full Time
Monthly Salary: £3,950.00 GBP
Preferred Language of Resume/Application: English Years of Work Experience: 1years minimum

SALARY INDICATION/ALLOWANCES & BENEFITS
• BASIC MONTHLY SALARY: £3,950.00 GBP only. Travel
Insurance,
Medical Insurance.
• HAZARD/INCONVENIENCES: £275.00 GBP (Monthly).
• HOUSING & FURNISHINGS: £2,850.00 GBP (Yearly).

Two months’ salary of 7,900GBP (Inclusive of all allowances & benefits) shall be paid in advance before employee relocates to new job location.

• All payments of salary after assumption of duty in Marriott Hotel London shall be made in full to the salary account of the Employer.

This is in line with the British Expatriate Financial Statutory Laws.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS
************************

WELDING INSTRUCTORS AND INSPECTORS, CONFERENCE & BANQUETING OPERATIONS MANAGER, FOOD & BEVERAGE TEAM MEMBERS, STORE KEEPER, ACCOUNT MANAGER, CASHIER, BARTENDER, HOST/HOSTESS, ASSISTANT MANAGER OF FRONT OFFICE, RECEPTIONIST, DOOR PERSON, LOBBY ASSISTANT, PART-TIME GUEST RELATIONS ASSISTANT, ASSISTANT FLOOR HOUSEKEEPER, HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES COORDINATOR, ROOM ATTENDANT, CLEANER, FOREIGN/INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE TRANSLATORS AND TEACHERS, RESERVATIONS CLERK, RESERVATION MANAGER, COMPUTER OPERATOR, INTERNET SERVICE EXPERT, NURSE.

IF you are interested in this opportunity provided my LANGHAM HOTEL LONDON LONDON them you can contact us with CV on this very Email Address info_langhamhotel01@london.com langhamhotel_11@nba2k.com.cn customercare147@gmail.com

Regards
Management
LangHam Hotel London


 

Egils Turks  Identity Verified
Latvia
Local time: 17:25
English to Latvian
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Similar as if from The Goring Aug 12, 2011

I received similar lucrative job offer but as if from The Goring Hotel in London.

 

Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:25
Italian to English
Reporting ProZ.com mail abuse Aug 12, 2011

Hi Arthur

The relevant FAQ is here:
http://www.proz.com/faq/2353#2353

Reporting it will help other users.
The may also have been an automatic reporting link below the e-mail itself.


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:25
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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"in advance" Aug 12, 2011

"In advance" is the key to the whole thing. What employer pays in advance?icon_smile.gif This immediately sets off all sirens.

 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:25
English to Spanish
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Where's the scam? Aug 12, 2011

The job offer does look a little to good to be true, but where's the scam? How are they going to try to extract money from you? For instance, we all know about the Nigerian scam where they send a worthless check and then ask for a refund, which, by the way, no one has to be in a hurry to send. But how could they scam you with this offer?

 

airmailrpl  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 11:25
Member (2005)
English to Portuguese
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This scammer can't even keep his story straight!! Aug 12, 2011

The letter is supposedly from LangHam Hotel London but the scammer slipped up here:
"All payments of salary after assumption of duty in Marriott Hotel London "

They can't even keep their scam story straight in the first e-mail.

Of course if you fall for their scam - you will have to pay a fee in advance to their agency - or for some diplomatic document, etc.

I got the same letter sent to me through ProZ e-mail.


 

Arthur Godinho  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:25
Member (2009)
English to Portuguese
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TOPIC STARTER
Henry Hinds - Where's the scam? Aug 13, 2011

Henry Hinds wrote:

...but where's the scam? But how could they scam you with this offer?



Henry, 'Where's the scam?', you ask....

1 - The author's profile - PROZ Profile #1445204 - langhamhotel11 no longer exists.
This seems odd, considering the author had just sent work related messages.

2 - 2 out of 3 e-mail addresses are fake. The third is from Gmail.
A little generic for a corporation, don't you think?

3 - The phone numbers are fakes.

4 - The IP address (41.138.190.214) comes up as being located in Lagos, Nigeria.

So, where is the scam? To be honest, I did not get far enough into the process to find out.
But, to me at least, the whole thing seems a bit suspicious....

Besides, consider the positions available listed in the e-mail.
I'm sure that there are many, many qualified people right in London, UK or at least within the EC who could be employed by the Langham.

The UK, and indeed the whole EC have been having the same employment problems we have here in the U.S. Why 'Import' someone from outside the continent of Europe?

[Edited at 2011-08-13 14:27 GMT]

[Edited at 2011-08-13 14:34 GMT]


 
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liviu roth
United States
Local time: 10:25
Romanian to English
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All they need is for you to confirm that the address is valid and active Aug 13, 2011

I suggest every body to read this post. It is very instructive and helpful.
http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/198052-some_reference_links_related_to_detecting_scams_and_risk_management.html


Henry Hinds wrote:

The job offer does look a little to good to be true, but where's the scam? How are they going to try to extract money from you? For instance, we all know about the Nigerian scam where they send a worthless check and then ask for a refund, which, by the way, no one has to be in a hurry to send. But how could they scam you with this offer?


 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:25
English to Spanish
+ ...
Thanks for explanation Aug 13, 2011

Maybe it is the advance salary payment and then they ask for a refund. Like I say, no one has to be in a hurry to send it. Since I'm not interested I have not verified the information that you have, which turns out to be fake. But it does seem a bit strange. Wouldn't a job applicant expect to have a personal meeting with the employer (scammer) before being hired? That would be dangerous for the scammer.

On another note, here where I am, people are being hired by fake companies for a job that involves crossing the border and without their knowledge, their cars are being loaded with dope. Then some of them get caught. Now that's pretty scary.


 

Liliane Hatem  Identity Verified
Lebanon
Local time: 17:25
Member (2010)
English to Arabic
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Scam email. Feb 12, 2012

Hi everyone,

I have received the same email from "Indeed" Job Alert for Intercontinental Hotels jobs in Qatar. It is the same email with a slight difference in the salary offered and the fact that this offer is coming from Intercontinental Hotels Qatar for LANGHAM HOTEL LONDON makes you doubtful and skeptical.

Thank you for having posted this scam, it is very helpful!


 

diahann
Australia
Great Job offer Jul 13, 2013

I too have applied for a position with the Langham Hotel,being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity. I applied as a massage therapist through a job search website and was offered housekeeping, which in my current medical state, would have been a great change. Also having been out of full time work for so long, the lure of living virtually expense free was huge. I began my on enquiries on how to get to UK, having the option of being able to obtain a british passport. Acccording to the guy in Border Security they could get my visa,in 2 weeks instead of 120 days it takes for. This is the first letter of contact..


The Langham London

1c Portland Place, Regent Street,

London

W1B 1JA

United Kingdom

Direct Tel: +44 (0) 793 760 6089

Dear Diahann,



We received your application regarding a job placement here at The Langham Hotel London.




After going through your CV/RESUME, the Hotel Management has considered hiring you for your service. Attached herewith is the Interview Form and Employment Application Form containing some questions which the management would like you to answer.




As soon as we receive the response to our questions we will furnish you with more details as regards the job application.

I want to also inform you that, the Hotel Management will fully support you as regards the procurement of visa and all other supporting documents that would be required for you to proceed to the United Kingdom.




And kindly do send us your phone number as to contact you on issues which may arise.




For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.




THANKS FOR APPLYING







Kind Regards,







Human Resources Manager

The Langham, London



This email transmission including any attachment is confidential and intended solely for the person or organisation to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, you must not copy, distribute or disseminate the information, or take any action in reliance of it. If you have received this message in error please notify the sender immediately by return email, or alternatively by facsimile at +44 (0) 79 3760 6082 and delete the message; we thank you in advance for your cooperation.

The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA, United Kingdom.
The Langham, London is a trading name of Great Eagle Hotels (UK) limited. Company Registration No: FC 019360

. INTERVIEW FORM
Dear Applicant,

Below are some questions we would like you to answers. Please kindly read the questions carefully and provide us with your honest answers.

1- What is your full name?


…………………………………………………………………………………………………….
2-Why do you want to work in Hotels?


……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
3-Why do you want to work here? Why should we hire you over the others waiting to be interviewed?


……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
4- What can you do for us that others can’t?


………………………………………………………………………………………………………
5- Can you work well under deadlines or pressure?


……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
6- What are three positive things your Last Boss would say about you?


……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
7-What are the things you like most?


……………………………………………………………………………………………………...
8-What is your greatest strength? Why did you leave your last Job?

……………………………………………………………………………………………………...
9-What do u mean by the words 'Service'?

……………………………………………………………………………………………………...

10- What three (3) specific job positions do you target from this company?

………………………………………………………………………………………………………
11- What salary are you seeking?


………………………………………………………………………………………………………
12-Are you willing to relocate to United Kingdom to do your duty as soon as possible?


……………………………………………………………………………………………………...
13- Give three reasons why you want to work in United Kingdom?


………………………………………………………………………………………………………
14-Will you comply with the company laid down rules and regulations?


………………………………………………………………………………………………………
15-Will you be able to be patient with a customer when they are insulting you?


………………………………………………………………………………………………………
16- What’s your nationality?


………………………………………………………………………………………………………
17- Are you eligible to work here in the UK? If yes, please state below what documentations you
Have.


………………………………………………………………………………………………………
18-The CV you sent, are they for you, and best describe you?


……………………………………....................................................................................................
19- In which of our job posting website did you find out about our vacancies?


……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
20- Mention 5 job posting website you have visited in the last 3 months


………………………………………………………………………………………………………..




We are expecting the answers to these questions as soon as possible to enable us carry out further examination. As soon as we receive your answers we will furnish you with more information as regard your job application.


Alex Facey
Human Resources Manager
The Langham, London

The Langham, London

1C Portland Place Regent Street

London

W1B 1JA

United Kingdom

Direct Tel: +44 (0) 793 760 6082

This is the second contact letter after being accepted. It also had the contract attached offering accommodation,free meals,loans after 12months service, free health care. 2 months paid holiday each year and Mon-Fri 7.30-3.00 with 2 hours lunch break every day






Dear Diahann,




JOB OFFER




The Langham, London Hotel is pleased to offer you a job as a HOUSEKEEPER.




We trust that your knowledge, skills and experience will be among our most valuable assets. Should you accept this job offer, per company policy you'll be eligible to receive the following beginning on your hire date.




Salary: Monthly net starting salary of £2,150.00GBP, paid in biweekly installments by your choice of check or direct deposit Performance Bonuses: Up to three percent of your annual net salary, paid quarterly by your choice of check or direct deposit Benefits: Standard, The Langham, London Hotel provided benefits for salaried-exempt employees, including the following:




o Retirement Benefit.

o Annual stock options

o Child daycare assistance

o Education assistance

o Health, dental, life and disability insurance

o Vacation and personal days




To accept this job offer:

1. Sign and date this job offer letter where indicated below.

2. Email all pages of the signed and dated documents attached here back to us via email.







If you accept this job offer, your hire date will be on the day that is written in your contract. Please read the attached contract, new-hire instructions and more information about the benefits that The Langham, London Hotel offers. Note that you are to bear some of your travel documents processing expenses upfront to prove your seriousness and commitment to work with our reputable organization. You are to bear the cost for obtaining your Foreign Affairs certification and Work Permit/Resident Permit. While the hotel management will bear the cost of processing your Visa and flight ticket. When your travel documents are ready, we shall proceed with the securing of your accommodation here in London at the company's Staff Quarters. We must have confirmed your visa, your seriousness and willingness to join our team here in London. As soon as we receive your signed contract, we will provide you with more details to process your immigration documents.




We at The Langham, London Hotel hope that you'll accept this job offer and look forward to welcoming you aboard. Your immediate supervisor will be introduced to you upon resumption, Department Manager. Feel free to call if you have questions or concerns. Call the main number in the letterhead above during normal business hours and ask to speak to either of us.




You are also required to forward a copy of your signed contract letter to the ''HM Revenue & Customs'' office contact details given below for immediate processing of your required traveling document and Residence Work Permit.




HM Revenue & Customs Contact Details;




Contact: Simon Bowles

Email: simon.bowles@hmrc-groups.co.uk

Telephone: +44-701-113-9323

Website: http://hmrc.gov.uk




For more information please do not hesitate to write back to us.







Yours Faithfuly.




Alex Facey

Human Resources Manager

The Langham, London Hotel

I contacted Simon Bowles this letter came with attachments for the visa application and residents work permit. The moneygram receipt was to be emailed to Stella Ashley at 100 Parliament st London West Minster.
ATTN: Diahann Berlin ,


In respect to your mail received, we have being in contact with your Employer, Langham, London Hotel. We are sending to you the Residence Work Permit and UK Visa Forms. You are to complete and send it back to us via email attachment with all the necessary requirement as soon as possible, so as for the processing of your traveling documentations to be in progress.

We did find out from your Employer, Langham London that, they are to pay the fees which would be used for the processing of your Visa and Flight Ticket, while you as the Employee, would be responsible to pay for the processing of your Residence Work Permit Papers which is the right of any employee from outside the UK to reside and work according to the Law of the United Kingdom.

As soon as you have completed the application forms, you are then required to scan and send back to us the following as listed below:

* Scanned copy of the completed Residence Work Permit Form.
* Scanned copy of the completed Visa Form.
* Scanned copy of your International Passport.
* Scanned copy of two(2) passport sized photograph
* Scanned copy of Money Gram Payment receipt
* Your designated address written in the email body, where your traveling documentations would be delivered to.

Note: Your document would be process here in the UK on your behalf by our office, so it will not take up to 120days since you are coming here to work. The processing of your traveling document will only take us Fourteen to Twenty-One working days to be done and ready for use.

As soon as we are done with the processing of your needed travelling document, we will be contacting our Diplomat in your residence country to enable the approval of your traveling document and also you will be giving a cover letter which you will take along side with your traveling document to avoid any inconvenience.

All you are advice to do now is to get back to us with your completed application forms along side with other supportive document for the processing of your Residence Work Permit papers.


Thanks for your co-operation and we await your email and the necessary requirements, so as for further action to be taken


Kindest Regards,

Mr. Simon Bowles
Processing Officer,
HM Revenue & Customs
Contact: +447011139323
http://hmrc.gov.uk


Now this is very elaborate. It is done on letter head paper from Langham. The addresses for these people and the places they work check out. I am a Google nut. I google everything. I couldn't sleep this morning,racking my brain as to how I was going to come up with this money to be able to change my life and I started finding little things,like the area codes etc for the phone numbers.And so many other people have had similar
letters some with the same Alex Facey(who actually has a profile on Linkd in but I don't know if it is the same person) but some with totally different names. So I decided to email through the actual website to get my answers. Still waiting for that reply but everything else is pointing to a SCAM!! I am so disappointed it isn't a real offer,but am so relieved that I GOOGLE! It has saved me many times,I guess this time it took me longer because I wanted it to be true..


 


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