I was scammed by someone claiming to represent **Edited for Community Guidelines** needing a proofreader. They have my personal information. This was my first time using this space, I didn't know scammers used this platform too. BE AWARE OF **Edited for Community Guidelines**
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I spent 2 days thinking that I had an assigment only to discover that it was a scam. They pretended to represent **edited for Community Guidelines**. They tried, but failed to acquire my bank information.
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