South Korean company is recruiting freelancers
Thread poster: Olivier Den Hartigh

Olivier Den Hartigh  Identity Verified
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May 21, 2013

Dear Colleagues,
A month ago, I was contacted by a new South Korean company claiming they were hiring translators. They have a Facebook page and a LinkedIn account.
Being interested, I filled in an application form and the owner asked me to send them a copy of my ID.
I emailed back saying I'd been advised not to supply a copy of my passport or my passport number, especially with all the serious cases of identity theft.
Then I received another email from the company saying: ID and ID numbers are needed in our country to verify when we transfer money to freelancers. (Accounting purposes).
I’d like to warn this could be a possible scam. Nobody should ask you for your ID. Companies can pay you using Paypal, of course.
If you’ve been contacted by this company, please let me know.

[Edited at 2013-05-22 21:05 GMT]

[Edited at 2013-05-22 21:06 GMT]

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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An odd request May 23, 2013

Thank you, Oliver, for posting this here.

I've worked for a South Korean agency before and was never asked to provide a copy of my ID or my ID number. And I did get paid every time...without having provided anything else other than my PayPal account number.

So yes, this does seem to be a possible scam.

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Marina Soldati  Identity Verified
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No ID necessary May 23, 2013

Dear Olivier,

I worked with a South Korean agency once. They paid me via wire transfer but never asked for my ID or passport number, just my bank details.

So you may be right, this is a scam.


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Olivier Den Hartigh  Identity Verified
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Thank you May 23, 2013

Ok. Thank you for your feedback, Thayenga and Marina

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