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  1. #1
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    Is this a scam.

    I got this email.

    We are offering a highly-paid part time job, requiring the use of computer.

    Job Description:

    Our company employs several professional copywriters for daily text
    writing. However, due to the very large amounts of required texts, the
    copywriters don't have enough time to revise and spell-check their
    texts in an appropriate way. That's why we are hiring people who have
    good knowledge of English to correct and re-format the texts to make
    them freely understandable by English-speaking persons.

    Salary:

    There is no fixed monthly salary for this vacancy. We will pay you
    $7.00 for every 1Kb of revised text. Therefore your salary would
    depend on your activity.

    You shall receive payments at the END of each working month.

    For example: correcting about 5 kb of text per day will result in over
    $1000.00 monthly salary.

    Requirements:

    - Location: USA
    - Age: 20+
    - Home computer, e-mail address and Microsoft Word or other compatible
    software
    - Good knowledge of English grammar
    - Responsibility and diligence

    To apply for the position, please, provide us with the following
    information to:

    dating.intl@gmail.com

    __________
    FULL NAME:
    HOME ADDRESS:
    CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE:
    Phone number (home or cell, SHOULD BE available any time during day):
    E-MAIL:
    AGE:
    OCCUPATION:
    EDUCATION:
    AVAILABLE HOURS TO DEVOTE TO WORK:
    ----------

    We will contact you within 24 hours after receiving your application.

    Feel free to ask any additional questions.

    Looking forward for your application.

    Sincerely, Dating Group Team

  2. #2
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    Re: Is this a scam.

    Real employers don't send out random emails offering jobs and they don't use gmail. Just delete as fast as possible.

  3. #3
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    Re: Is this a scam.

    For example: correcting about 5 kb of text per day will result in over
    $1000.00 monthly salary.
    Who is working with kilobites nowaday? Wierd. Also highly unbelivable. You can do spellcheck on 5k text probably in an hour.

  4. #4
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    Re: Is this a scam.

    I wonder how much money they want to process their "application".
    Seems like a scam to me.

  5. #5
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    Re: Is this a scam.

    How did they get your email? If you didn't request any information, or if you haven't had prior contact with the company, I would definitely be backing off.

    Are they requesting any money? An application processing fee or a training fee? Again, if they are, chances are that it is bogus.

    As mentioned the use of a gmail account surely doesn't lend to them having any credibility. If they have a website, they should definitely have a popmail account or two. Do they even have a website? I did a quick look for them on the info in your post, but I wasn't able to find much.

    The fact that they want to pay by the kb is also a bit...unusual. That alone doesn't make a scam, but it does seem very strange. There are proofreading/editing jobs that are done by at-home workers, but I've only known them to pay by page or by word.

    This email would definitely be rasing my suspicions. If you're not compelled to trash it immediately, and you're feeling tempted to just submit your information anyway, I would - AT THE LEAST - first repley back with a list of questions before sending them any personal information.

    What exactly is their company?
    What do they do?
    Do they have a website?
    If not, what's their physical address? - this can often be checked.
    Ask them how they intend on dealing with the taxes on your earnings? - if they say that you're required to handle your own taxes, because you're contracted work, not an eimployee, ask them something like, "what sort of forms do I need to submit for that?" If they can't answer that, then something is definitely amiss. (anyone who is hiring independent contractors should at least be able to tell you to submit a w9).
    ...
    Just throw a bunch of simple questions at them and see what happens. I wouldn't be holding out a large amount of hope for this one though.

  6. #6
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    Re: Is this a scam.

    Quote Originally Posted by suaresweet View Post
    I got this email.

    We are offering a highly-paid part time job, requiring the use of computer.

    Job Description:

    Our company employs several professional copywriters for daily text
    writing. However, due to the very large amounts of required texts, the
    copywriters don't have enough time to revise and spell-check their
    texts in an appropriate way. That's why we are hiring people who have
    good knowledge of English to correct and re-format the texts to make
    them freely understandable by English-speaking persons.

    Salary:

    There is no fixed monthly salary for this vacancy. We will pay you
    $7.00 for every 1Kb of revised text. Therefore your salary would
    depend on your activity.

    You shall receive payments at the END of each working month.

    For example: correcting about 5 kb of text per day will result in over
    $1000.00 monthly salary.

    Requirements:

    - Location: USA
    - Age: 20+
    - Home computer, e-mail address and Microsoft Word or other compatible
    software
    - Good knowledge of English grammar
    - Responsibility and diligence

    To apply for the position, please, provide us with the following
    information to:

    dating.intl@gmail.com

    __________
    FULL NAME:
    HOME ADDRESS:
    CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE:
    Phone number (home or cell, SHOULD BE available any time during day):
    E-MAIL:
    AGE:
    OCCUPATION:
    EDUCATION:
    AVAILABLE HOURS TO DEVOTE TO WORK:
    ----------

    We will contact you within 24 hours after receiving your application.

    Feel free to ask any additional questions.

    Looking forward for your application.

    Sincerely, Dating Group Team
    This is an entree to a money laundering scheme.

    You can read about it here:

    The Dating Group Scam

  7. #7
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    Re: Is this a scam.

    Quote Originally Posted by justtoomuchtime View Post
    This is an entree to a money laundering scheme.

    You can read about it here:

    The Dating Group Scam

    Haven't seen a money laundering scheme in a few months. I used to get them somewhat regularly because of old profiles on careerbuilder and monster. I've also never seen one quite like this either. They appear to be getting cleverer.

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