The Langham Hotel Scam
Thread poster: Anaclara Alonso

Anaclara Alonso  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 18:56
Spanish to English
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May 22, 2013

Hi everybody!

I've just got an email with a job offer allegedly sent through Proz.com but when I logged in I had no new messages. I do believe it is a scam because I saw a few posts with similar content adverting of scams.

I entered the website they provided and the main photo of the "hotel" seems to be the same in several different websites.

Even though it is obviously too good to be true, I fear than more than a money scam it could be some sort of slave trading because they ask for no money and they offer to fly you to London for free...

I thought it would be good to alert people, specially youngsters like me who are constantly looking for opportunities to travel around the world.

Here is the body of the email:

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You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: Luke Anderson [NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 85.237.211.9
Message type: Job-related
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The Langham, London

1C Portland Place Regent Street
London
W1B 1JA
United Kingdom
Direct Tel: +447012951289
www.langhamhotel-com-london.webnode.com

We require the services of devoted and hardworking workers,
who are ready to relocate to London and to work at The
Langham, London Hotel after undergoing enlistment training
in current job opportunities at our 5 star hotels, as the
management intends to increase its man power base due to an
increase in the number of customers.

Employment Type: Full Time
Basic Monthly Salary: Net 3,950GBP
Preferred Language of Resume/Application: English
This is a contract employment for a minimum of one(1) year
and a maximum of five(5) years.


Available Positions

Conference & Banqueting Operations Manager, Food & Beverage
Team Manager, Account Manager, Cashier, Bartender, Assistant
Manager of Front Office, Receptionist, Guest Relation
Assistant, Room Attendant, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical
Engineer Foreign/International Language Interpreter,
Marketing Assistant Manager, Cafe Attendant/Manager,
Computer Operator, Internet Service Expert & Casino Dealer.

The targeted language the hotel management is seeking if
you are applying to work as a Foreign Interpreter are;
Spanish, Romanian, Italian and Polish & Portuguese, from the
source language English.

The Hotel Management would be responsible to pay for your
Flight Ticket and Accommodation.

All other information about benefits which would be received
by new employees would be given in their application
process.

If interested, kindly send your CV/Resume via email:
langham_hotelconsultant@london.com


Best Regards

Luke Anderson
Human Resource Manager



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Barbara Carrara  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 23:56
Member (2008)
English to Italian
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Here's an August 2011 thread May 22, 2013

http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/205310-scam_e_mail_sent_after_checking_proz_profile.html

 

Marie-Helene Dubois  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 23:56
Member (2011)
Spanish to English
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google "Langham Hotel scam" May 22, 2013

This scam has been around for a while and doesn't just target translators.
The aim is to get you believing you have a job offer and then ask you for funds (which of course you can fill in an expenses form for once you start your fictitious job) for processing your VISA application.
This is why they ask for foreign workers. A Londoner isn't going to pay money for processing a VISA application.
The people running this scam (probably) have nothing at all to do with any London hotels whatsoever as some people have established that the IP address is in Nigeria.

These scams also use the name of the Marriot and some other hotel in Abu Dhabi, and probably much more.

Some people have lost up to USD50k with this scam and some have even lost their jobs (thinking they had another).

The best thing to do is to report the e-mail to proz and report it to your e-mail provider as spam.

Whatever you do, don't reply because then the scammers will have an e-mail address they know works and you'll get much more.


 

Trinh Do  Identity Verified
Australia
Member (2007)
English to Vietnamese
+ ...
Definitely a slave-trading activity May 22, 2013

You should call the police or Interpol about this; I hate this kind of business. It's about human dignity and taking advantage of desperate people who want to make a decent living.

 

Marie-Helene Dubois  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 23:56
Member (2011)
Spanish to English
+ ...
nothing at all to do with slave trading May 22, 2013

it is about scamming people out of their money. They ask for money to "process your VISA application" but they won't actually do so. They'll just keep the money.

 

Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 18:56
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
Basic risk management actions May 22, 2013

Dear members,

This is a classic "employment abroad" scam, described in our scam alert center and in the ProZ.com wiki page on scams. The example in the Wiki page is precisely about this hotel's offer.

Even if you do not know about this scam, there are two very basic things to do when you receive such an offer:

a) Get the messages IP and enter it in one of the many IP locators available online, such as this one. In this case you will get "Anonymous Proxy", meaning that the sender is hiding their location. This alone should dissipate your interest in the job.

b) Google the outsourcer's name. If you do so you will find the real hotel's webpage http://london.langhamhotels.co.uk/ , different from the provided http://langhamhotel-com-london.webnode.com// (the foto in the page provided does not look like London, by the way). By entering the words 'langham' 'hotel' 'london' 'fraud' in Google you will find warnings aplenty.

This first level of risk management takes a couple of minutes and may save you a lot of time and money.

Regards,
Enrique


 

andrewflorence
Italy
Local time: 23:56
English to Italian
Langham scam hit again... Jul 25, 2013

From Italy: Hello to everybody. I'm one of the several people who seriously risked to fall in this scam of the Langham Hotel. As a Freelancer I answered to an Elance job ad, where the Langham, London, was recruiting people in provision to improve their international staff. I was immediately a little bit suspicious because they offered the relevant salary of 4,550 £/month for a not better defined role of Language Manager (Italian in my case), anyway as all the typical scam victims of their, due to the hard economic crisis we are really living, I answered the message. At the beginning they asked me to fill a completely normal questionnaire (ex. why do you want to relocate in the UK, or similar). After this, I received a regular job contract written in the original Langham Hotel Letterhead, sounding as "Congratulations you've been selected to be hired...." with all the statements for relocation included the promise of a pre-paid flight. The strange thing was they was also asking me money for a tax due to the UK Immigration Office for my long term staying. I answered them asking if this quote could be paid after the first salary was perceived, but they insisted on this point. To note, all of these emails, were not coming from the Langham or from the Immigration Office, but from some free email accounts. At this point I wrote to the human resources manager of the Langham, directly asking if I was really selected for that job. The day after the answer was: Your contract is not genuine, suggesting me to denounce the scamming also to the italian police. What to say.... I've been lucky. They hit people who needs to work (like me). Pay attention to the easy earning promises.

 


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