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[Warning] Scammers impersonating Gengo.com
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Gengo.com  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:20
English to Japanese
+ ...
Sep 29, 2015

Hello translators,

Today I wanted to warn everyone of a scammer offering a full-time translator position with Gengo.com. A number of translators have reported receiving an email that looks like this:

http://i.imgur.com/MLKQNrj.png?1

Please be careful not to navigate to the fake website. These are not real Gengo representatives and they are scamming translators for both their Gengo login information and for an advanced fee.

If you feel you've been affected, please don't hesitate to contact our support at support@gengo.com.

Remember to always be careful with your passwords and be extra vigilant with emails like this one.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Olga Kuchuk,
ST Coordinator at Gengo

[Edited at 2015-09-29 04:20 GMT]

[Edited at 2015-09-29 06:10 GMT]


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 18:20
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
+ ...
Clickable link Sep 29, 2015

http://i.imgur.com/MLKQNrj.png?1

 

Michael Grant
Japan
Local time: 01:20
Japanese to English
Same content as the "QandAResearch" scam Sep 29, 2015

This scam has the same wording as the QandAResearch scam mentioned in another post in the Scam forum. The wording is identical:

"Following your online application, you have been selected among several hundred Freelance applicants to fill an important position at our company."


Don't fall for these, folks!
MLG4035


 

Katarzyna Slowikova  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 18:20
English to Czech
+ ...
this field is totally abundant Sep 29, 2015

Michael Grant wrote:

This scam has the same wording as the QandAResearch scam mentioned in another post in the Scam forum. The wording is identical:

"Following your online application, you have been selected among several hundred Freelance applicants to fill an important position at our company."



Same for the Apex scam, probably:
http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/289808-possible_scam_using_apex_name.html
Three known attempts in quite a short period of time.


[Edited at 2015-09-29 12:04 GMT]


 

Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
Jordan
Arabic to English
+ ...
Another scam Sep 29, 2015

A similar scam has hit WebMD and probably many other companies:

https://careers-webmd.icims.com/


 
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jyuan_us  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:20
Member (2005)
English to Chinese
+ ...
It is amusing that Sep 30, 2015

this is written on the WebMD site: "If you believe that you may be the victim of fraud please contact your local law enforcement agency."

What will (and what can) the local law enforcement do about it?


 

Gengo.com  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:20
English to Japanese
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
They're back Nov 26, 2015

Hello translators,

It seems like these scammers are back with a vengeance and I just wanted to warn everyone once again. They are still offering full-time employment with Gengo through an email. By navigating to the website linked in the email, you are prompted to log in to a fake login page where your login and password are compromised.

Here's what the fake login page looks like:
http://i.imgur.com/Hyt1Mnw.png?1

They also send an attached letter of employment titled "RE: LETTER OF OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT – Freelance Translator".

Please be careful not to fall for these. If you think you've been affected, please don't hesitate to contact us at support@gengo.com.

Happy translating everyone!

Olga Kuchuk


 
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andress  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 19:20
English to Russian
+ ...
I've got the staff like this... Nov 28, 2015

... and even reported about it ...
If you think you've been affected, please don't hesitate to contact us at support@gengo.com.


Well, but it's interesting - where is any (potential) source of a scammers' gain for this case?

[Редактировалось 2015-11-28 17:39 GMT]


 

Anastassiya Feber
Kazakhstan
Local time: 22:20
Member (2014)
English to Russian
True Nov 29, 2015

Gengo.com wrote:

Hello translators,

It seems like these scammers are back with a vengeance and I just wanted to warn everyone once again. They are still offering full-time employment with Gengo through an email. By navigating to the website linked in the email, you are prompted to log in to a fake login page where your login and password are compromised.

Here's what the fake login page looks like:
http://i.imgur.com/Hyt1Mnw.png?1

They also send an attached letter of employment titled "RE: LETTER OF OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT – Freelance Translator".

Please be careful not to fall for these. If you think you've been affected, please don't hesitate to contact us at support@gengo.com.

Happy translating everyone!

Olga Kuchuk


I'd received the mentioned message last week. The agreement attached says that a translator should make a security deposit of 30 USD and that they will take 0.1% of all money earned by the translator. The real Gengo, thank you for your warning! I was about to answer them.


 

Toby Wakely  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 18:20
Member (2009)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Yes, instantly recognizable as a scam Dec 4, 2015

Exactly same format as Q and A scam a couple of months ago - I´m not so easily taken in now. I would never make any advance payment to an agency- there´s their motive for the scam!

[Edited at 2015-12-04 09:52 GMT]


 

Sofia Gutkin  Identity Verified
Australia
Member (2012)
Russian to English
+ ...
Received this in late November Dec 27, 2015

I got this email in late November and it ended up straight in my Spam folder. This is the first part of the email:

2015-26-11
RE: LETTER OF OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT – Freelance Translator

Dear M. Sofia Gutkin,

Following your online application, you have been selected among several hundred applicants to fill an important position at our company. I am pleased to offer you a position with Gengo as a Freelance Translator.

Gengo is a leading authority in the Translation industry. When you join Gengo, you will become part of a world-wide renowned and successful translator team that works together to provide our clients with the highest possible level of service and advice.

__________________________________________________

Title: Freelance Translator.
Start date: ASAP.
Contract : Indefinite, unless either party decides to terminate employment.
Salary : $81,000 USD yearly or ~$38 per hour.
Payment Terms : Friday of Every Week.

Job description: To translate documents from English to translator's language or vice versa.
Position type: Home-based.
Group benefits: See attached
Vacation: See attached

Full-time hours of work : 35 to 40+ hours a week.
Part-time hours of work : To be decided by Translator.

Reporting relationship:
Yayla Kamal, Panel and Translation Manager
yayla.kamal@gengo-online.com


---> Pretty obvious that it's dodgy since I never applied for a job with them, the money seems too good, the job description is super vague and even the hours of work are vague.


[Edited at 2015-12-27 13:17 GMT]


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:20
Member (2008)
Italian to English
I googled Jan 22, 2016

I googled for Gengo because I had no idea what it is.

Here's the result I got:


Gengo is a web-based human translation platform headquartered in Tokyo. .....

Headquarters: Mountain View, California, United States

? Make up your minds !


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 18:20
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
+ ...
@Tom Jan 22, 2016

Tom in London wrote:
I googled for Gengo because I had no idea what it is.
Here's the result I got:
Gengo is a web-based human translation platform headquartered in Tokyo. .....
Headquarters: Mountain View, California, United States

Make up your minds!


The first sentence that you quote is from Wikipedia. Clearly the Wikipedia author believes that Gengo's head office is in Tokyo.

However, the company's offices are mentioned clearly on Gengo's own web site as well. On Gengo's own web site, the Tokyo office is not labelled "head office" at all. When the two offices (Japan and USA) are mentioned, the Tokyo office is always mentioned first, which can lead one to suspect that the Tokyo office is the head office.

I have no idea where the second sentence that you quote is from. Gengo's USA office is not in Mountain View at all, but some 35 km further up the road, in San Mateo.

The legal agreements that non-Chinese and non-Japanese translators have to sign, refer to the USA office alone, and stipulate the USA office is the "office" of the company.


 
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