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Possible scam using Apex name
Thread poster: Oksana Kondakova

Oksana Kondakova  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Aug 19, 2015

Yesterday I got an email from Emily Philips (emilyphillips.apex@gmail.com) saying that I was chosen for a full-time or freelance translation position. As per the attached Employment terms I had to pay USD 30 just be registered in their database. Such a strange requirement was explained as a need to make sure I am a real translator and was really chosen by a PM. If I got an email from the PM why do I have to pay something to confirm that? Lots of mistakes in the Agreement text and Gmail address look like scam too. Beware guys!

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Yusuf Akhmadi  Identity Verified
Indonesia
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same email Aug 19, 2015

yes, i also got the exact email

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Somnath Dey  Identity Verified
India
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Same email I have received too Aug 19, 2015

I have also received the same. Not sure whether this is a scam!!

Somnath


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Oksana Kondakova  Identity Verified
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Definitely a scam Aug 19, 2015

How can this not be a scam if 1) she has a Gmail account 2) the link she asks to use for this "security payment" is getting blocked by Google is a phishing one 3) this is ridiculous to ask for USD30 from a person you have chosen youself. Even PayPal asks for USD 1 to verify your identity. 4) if they want to make sure only right people are registered, then let the managers register new linguists internally as every normal translation company does. Passwords and security credentials were invented long ago. 5) this "hurry up and don't miss your chance" thing - have you nitced that? You have 2 days to register. Kidding?

The most funny thing about this all - she is still writing to me!


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Séverine Paolozzi  Identity Verified
France
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I received this email too. Aug 19, 2015

Following this email, I emailed them via their website, using their "contact" address.

The sender's email address is a gmail one (emilyphilips.apex@gmail.com) so it doesn't look like a business email.

I have doubts about this employment contract.


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Emanuela Clodomiro  Identity Verified
Italy
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Same here Aug 19, 2015

Now I have no doubts!

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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A scam Aug 19, 2015

The red flag is waving wildly whenever someone has "chosen" you for anything, yet simultaneously asks you to pay a fee to register.

Well, either you were chosen or you have to pay in order to be considered for the position. Can it get any more contradictive? Resolution: File 13 (trash it and block the sender).

[Edited at 2015-08-19 06:20 GMT]


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Tony Bennjamin  Identity Verified
Indonesia
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It's the record in Proz BlueBoard Aug 19, 2015

But, when I check on it, I was surprised to find it on Proz Blueboard.

http://www.proz.com/blueboard/3606


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Marinus Vesseur  Identity Verified
Canada
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How hard is it to put Apex in a gmail address? Aug 19, 2015

Sorry, but the naivity of some members here just gets to me sometimes. You can write microsoft in a free (!) gmail address - that does not actually make you Microsoft, right? They are not Apex. They are scammers. They lied. Trash it and move on.

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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 13:07
Member
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Providers paying customers Aug 19, 2015

Sure.
http://www.proz.com/forum/money_matters/289796-translation_agency_asking_for_money_before_we_started_to_cooperate.html


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Pedro Calderon  Identity Verified
Australia
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Company in US but registry portal in West Africa? Aug 19, 2015

I got the same email too. Too good to be true and the $30 deposit was suspicious.

Checked the .ga domain of the portal links and it corresponds to Gabon, a country in West Africa.

Emily, come on, isn´t your company in North Carolina?


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Amel Mokdad  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spam Aug 19, 2015

I got the email too. It is definitely a spam and I have informed Apex about it. I think Proz should be more watchful with who posts job offers.

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binypatata  Identity Verified
Italy
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Thank you for all your posts Aug 19, 2015

I got this e-mail too from the same gmail address that made me suspicious. I'm sending an e-mail to institutional agency address to inform them

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Same one? Aug 19, 2015

http://www.proz.com/forum/money_matters/289796-translation_agency_asking_for_money_before_we_started_to_cooperate.html

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Valeria Burova  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 15:07
Member (2014)
English to Russian
And to me too Aug 19, 2015

Oksana Kondakova wrote:

How can this not be a scam if 1) she has a Gmail account 2) the link she asks to use for this "security payment" is getting blocked by Google is a phishing one 3) this is ridiculous to ask for USD30 from a person you have chosen youself. Even PayPal asks for USD 1 to verify your identity. 4) if they want to make sure only right people are registered, then let the managers register new linguists internally as every normal translation company does. Passwords and security credentials were invented long ago. 5) this "hurry up and don't miss your chance" thing - have you nitced that? You have 2 days to register. Kidding?

The most funny thing about this all - she is still writing to me!


I actually answered to her "advice" to hurry up and secure my position befoe I left for vacation that I will check them and got reply that I can easily call them or have them called me and not to be that fast with accusations! WOW!


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