Questionable full-time job offer with prominent publisher
Thread poster: Clare Wilcox

Clare Wilcox  Identity Verified
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I received an email, supposedly from an HR recruiter for a major publishing house. They stated they had seen my profile on a regional professional association's website and wanted to encourage me to send my resume to them if I was interested in a full-time translator/interpreter position, flexible hours, online. This all seems like fantastic luck, but the email had a series of typos and punctuation errors, all very odd for a publisher. That, and the email address that I should respond to is a gm... See more
I received an email, supposedly from an HR recruiter for a major publishing house. They stated they had seen my profile on a regional professional association's website and wanted to encourage me to send my resume to them if I was interested in a full-time translator/interpreter position, flexible hours, online. This all seems like fantastic luck, but the email had a series of typos and punctuation errors, all very odd for a publisher. That, and the email address that I should respond to is a gmail address.

I have responded and they have written back (on a Saturday...) asking (again with typos) when I can do an interview via Google Hangouts. Here is the response:

"Thank you for your application regarding the position.

I am pleased to inform you that we would like to arrange an interview to discuss the opportunity further,It is an online interview;Via Google

Hangout.Do indicate availability time to schedule you for the interview.

We look forward to having you abroad."

To me, this all seems too informal and odd. Or am I being old fashioned, and Google Hangouts is a current interview channel?

Would appreciate any insight, and I'd be happy to share the contents, not names, of the original email.

Best,

Clare
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Edward Potter
 

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Scam Sep 28

It sounds like all the other scams that have been reported recently, for example

https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/332845-new_scam_penguin_random_house.html
https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/335413-scam_pengu
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It sounds like all the other scams that have been reported recently, for example

https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/332845-new_scam_penguin_random_house.html
https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/335413-scam_penguin_random_house_bayer_pharma.html
https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/337165-new_scam_ariana_pharma.html

If something like that is sent from a Gmail, Outlook, Facebook, LinkedIn, company.com or similar address, i.e. not from the correct domain of a genuine company, it's best not to reply, as one risks ending up on a 'suckers list' of potential targets for more scams.

New scams are being reported almost daily.
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Clare Wilcox
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@Clare Sep 28

I've deleted my post as I was saying the same...


[Edited at 2019-09-28 19:12 GMT]


Clare Wilcox
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Clare Wilcox  Identity Verified
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Definitely a scam! Sep 28

Thank you for your replies! I can 100% confirm, reading these similar cases, that it was a scam! I looked up the name of the HR director, and she appears to exist, so I am going to try to let her know that someone is using her name and image. The scammer purported to be from Macmillan Publishers, in case any other translators are wondering.

Thanks for all your help!


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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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Trust your gut instincts in such cases Sep 29

Trust your instinct in such cases. If it is a genuine offer, they will find a genuine way to contact you. It is better to let a chance go by and protect yourself from a lot of hassle. If it feels dodgy, if it looks slightly off, it probably is.

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Edward Potter  Identity Verified
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Be careful Sep 30

The scammers have been out in full force lately.

Last week I got one from a major translation agency offering the moon on as stick. It sounded rather good, but alas, there was no phone number or physical address. But it sounded like a great job offer.


Clare Wilcox
 

Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
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Doesn't sound like a major translation agency Sep 30

Edward Potter wrote:

Last week I got one from a major translation agency


I very much doubt that it came from a major translation agency. I guess you mean it pretended to come from a major translation agency.

It's not to nitpick, it's to highlight that we need to be very careful to distinguish between is and pretends to be. It's not always the same.


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Edward Potter
 

Edward Potter  Identity Verified
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Correct Oct 8

Thomas T. Frost wrote:

Edward Potter wrote:

Last week I got one from a major translation agency


I very much doubt that it came from a major translation agency. I guess you mean it pretended to come from a major translation agency.

It's not to nitpick, it's to highlight that we need to be very careful to distinguish between is and pretends to be. It's not always the same.


I stand corrected. I got the message from someone POSING as someone from a major translation agency.

I meant it to be an ironic comment but didn't add the requisite quotes or similar.



 


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