Berkeley Hotel?
Thread poster: Robert Forstag

Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
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Sep 24, 2013

See the message below, which I received this morning via

I would be stunned if this is not a scam. I just wonder what the "end game" is. Will there be a request at some point for the translator to send $1000.00 or so to secure his or her position?

Any further information appreciated.


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The Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL,SW18,SE1 7NA
United Kingdom Telephone: +447042034340

Welcome to the Berkeley Hotel London and to the perfect
place where you can say: 'Yes!' to a new career!
The success of our company depends on its people. At the
Berkeley Hotel, we are committed to developing each employee to his or her full
potential. Our focus is on personal people development and continuous learning.
The Berkeley Hotel London urgently needs the services of
devoted,hardworking and experienced translators and supervisors,who are willing to
relocate and work as a permanent employee as the hotel is set to go into a new
phase of hospitality with a monthly salary of 3800GBP depending on the level of

Interested person should forward their CV/RESUME via email
for fast processing of application.

Best regards
Christian Oliver
Director of Human Resources
The Berkeley Hotel London

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Teresa Borges
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This same message Sep 24, 2013

though with different hotel names has been around for some time...

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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Has been reported before here Sep 24, 2013

Yes, Robert, has been around for a while, and has been discussed previously in this forum.

It is, of course, the scam it appears to be.

Bin it!

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Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
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"Employment abroad" scam Sep 24, 2013

Thanks Robert,

You will find this scam described in's Wiki page on scams.


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Tom in London
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Just... Sep 24, 2013

Just don't click on that link in the email. Anyway, the English is appallingly bad, which suggests it has nothing to do with the Berkeley Hotel.

Example: "the hotel is set to go into a new phase of hospitality with a monthly salary of 3800GBP" - that's the first time I've ever heard of an hotel earning a salary !

[Edited at 2013-09-25 09:16 GMT]

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Teresa Borges
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I have just checked Sep 24, 2013

the IP address: it's from the USA!

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Natalie  Identity Verified
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It is a spoofed IP Sep 24, 2013

Teresa Borges wrote:

the IP address: it's from the USA!

Teresa, it is a spoofed IP, the real poster's IP is Nigeria.

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Marie-Helene Dubois  Identity Verified
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Don't call the number Sep 25, 2013

on the ad, not even out of curiosity.
London numbers don't start with "704". Numbers that start like this are usually scam numbers and you could end up paying a fortune if you call one.
It is one million per cent scam (as Louis Walsh would say)

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