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Fake Recruiters Scamming on UpWork

Updated on July 8, 2017
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I work from home as a Lead CSR and I love my job. I love sharing stories hoping it will help or motivate other people.

Received an invitation for an interview

I received a job interview before from a well known US company. I was looking for a part time gig so I accepted it. I am familiar with this company so I feel that there's no need to do a background check.

Invitation (I covered some information for the security of the person who's the real owner of these information)
Invitation (I covered some information for the security of the person who's the real owner of these information)

Interview Accepted

I sent them a response accepting the interview and got a response for the next step. They prefer the communication to be via Hangouts and I did not suspect since some legit clients would also like to offer their prefer communication site/platform. I got a response back but this time it's not from Karen.

A new person responded after accepting the interview.
A new person responded after accepting the interview.

Moving on to the next step

I'm great at following instruction, so I moved to the next step and added the email in Hangouts. Profile photo there is the same so it was easy to find her. I sent a message then she started to give out information about the company and started to send photos of a printer, laptop and other equipment that she needs to ship over to my place.

I asked to opt out since I have my own working equipment like two laptops, mouse, Logitech headset and printer with scanner and photocopier. She declined it because according to her those are the company's official equipment that has all the software that we need to use (like for real?). She said that those are free and I just need to cover the shipping for $120.

our conversation
our conversation

Scam Alert!

When I read about the fee, it became clear to me that I'm transacting with a scammer. I started to google their names and titles and found LinkedIn profiles which seems to be legit.

I realised, these are pretenders and this needs to be reported!

Not buying it!

The way they write the state and their grammar also triggered that they are not the real person. Karen is American and she does not seem to communicate like this.
The way they write the state and their grammar also triggered that they are not the real person. Karen is American and she does not seem to communicate like this.

Reporting it to the real Karen

I can't help but inform the real Karen about this. Why? Because I don't want it to happen to me. I don't want someone or any group to use my information to get money from anyone. I am glad that Karen responded back and it's good to know that the real recruiters will have a chance to do proper action on their end. Maybe they will also notify the people that their company is not asking for any fee for their job vacancies.

Message from the real Karen
Message from the real Karen

We work to get paid NOT pay to get work.

This is not the only trick from scammers. There are different ways on how they scam people. Let's just be careful and do not fall for their trick. Job applicants/candidates should not give out any amount just to get the job. We work to get paid NOT pay to get work.


© 2017 Arleen Roja

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    Arleen Roja 

    15 months ago from Philippines

    @ann Welcome! :)

    @ Theexplode that is good to hear! Sharing this to help out other specially newbies for them to be aware of things like this.

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    ann garces 

    15 months ago

    Thanks for this relevant information, it helps a lot!

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