ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Identity Theft Is Coming Back

Updated on May 9, 2020

During this pandemic, young adults will try to earn some extra money to feed themselves and/or pay their rent; Artists will sell their art, writers will help other writers with their projects and more. All this happens online, which means there are a lot of fake job opportunities. And, as a bored-freelance-writer, I have made a terrible experience with a company that I shall not name.

I am sharing this experience because I want to raise awareness about the fact that some people online are ill-intended.

This scam lasted three days; As they soon asked me for money, I knew something was off. They made contact with on a site called “It’s a virtual marketplace for talented and skilled freelancers to offer their services to buyers.” (Gig Hustle). This seemed like the best opportunity for me, I could work on multiple small projects and get paid. On, you need to bid on a job and state why they should give you the job. I’ve been on this site for about two days when - I will name her differently, to keep her anonymous - Jill, sent me this:

“Good Day....I’m (Jill) From ……This is strictly an online interview and work from a home-based job. You will earn $30 per hour Mon-Fri Full time-9am to 5 pm, Part-time-2pm to 5 pm with flexible hours. You are required to contact Mr…... for more information about the job and company. The job briefing and interview process will be done through Telegram or Google-Hangouts Do you have Telegram or Google-Hangouts app?”

I nearly screamed out of happiness. Could this be true? A real job as a proofreader? (I only realized later I had not “applied” for this job.) I eagerly replied that I was excited about the interview, and I gave her my email address for Mr…… to contact me via Google Hangout. Three hours later, he did.

The next day, May 6th, I took a shower, wore a blue and white dress, and placed my computer in the best room in the house, where Mr…..will be able to see me with a decorated wall behind me. However, to my surprise, the interview was going to be done via text:

“Do you have an online interview experience? The interview is a Q & A interview process so it will be done via text on here can we proceed with a swift respones now?”

This was already a red flag for me, as from experience, an interview is conducted via Skype or Zoom, but I did not want to panic just yet. I presented myself, as he asked. He then sent me a link to his company, so that I could read it and ask any questions if I needed to. Of course, the night before, I had already checked everything to see if it was legit, and it seemed to be. As soon as I finished glancing through his website, he offered me a list of the positions available. This surprised me as I thought he already knew I wanted to be a proofreader. I told him: “I believe I will fit as a Proofreader because of my experience of the English language and the editing skills that I have acquired since 2017.” He replied with the same message that Jill had sent me the day before. Strange. Too excited, I decided to ignore it. He started listing me all the benefits I would receive by working for them, which were great benefits like paid vacation and paid parental leave.

“You will undergo a one-week training from your training supervisor.He/She will training you on how to work with the programs accurately and other Data entry works you will need to get done. Your training is going to be done online through your PC and PHONE.”

Mr… kept ongoing and asking me if I understood everything. I was too excited to realize what he had said did not make sense. He knew I wanted to work as an editor, but he still said: “Have you ever worked as a Data Entry / Front Desk / Admin and Accounting Clerk before?”

This was another red flag. After an hour of “interviewing me”, he said “I need you to hold on online while I forward your interview file to the Head Dept to enable them to review if you are professionally fit and good for this job. BRB”

At this time, I was with my parents, having lunch. Telling them about this great opportunity. My dad did not smile, like always, but my mother seemed excited for me.

After only twenty minutes, Mr….. responded with “Congratulations! Due to your level of experience, You've just been confirmed qualified for this Job. You are welcome to Freenet-Group Company. We will like to see your diligence, Charisma, Commitment towards this job. Congratulations! You are welcome!” His answer seemed to be copy and pasted and untrustworthy. How does the H.R decide to hire someone in twenty minutes?

This is where everything fits into place, and I realize it is all a scam. He informs me I will get a free HP laptop & software for a fast connexion. He then told me:

“You’re to Purchase the software out of your pocket money, you will be reimbursed with your first pay via directly deposit. (...) You are needed to purchase BTC ... This is a task for every single new employee into this firm as part of the training process, Its shouldn't be more than £100.”

He informed me I could not start my week of training without paying, but my mother told me no employer would ask you to pay for things when you haven’t even started working for the company. I decided to sleep on it.

The next day, my father decided to make this an experiment, so we purchased some BTC for 100£, like Mr.. ask. He then informed us that he needed screenshots of all steps I was taking as proof I paying correctly. Another red flag. Mr… told me my supervisor was going to be Mrs…., which I needed to contact her and wait for her instructions. Here is the conversation:

The company is a really successful company, but the people I interacted with were thieves.

Online freelance marketplaces such as Upwork, PeoplePerHour, and Freelancer have become popular choices of millions of freelancers, but some people are still cruel and will steal from you.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2020 Anastassia de Bailliencourt


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)