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Susan S Member Since: Aug 22, 2020
11 of 25

Yeah, that happened to me too.  I thought it was interesting to read it.  There were errors all over it!  Tells you that it's not a legitimate offer at all.  A real company wouldn't have near the amount of grammatical errors this one had.  I also won't download another link like Telegram.  If they want to interview me, do it here on Upwork or not at all.  I don't worry about them being pi**ed.  I don't know them and I don't care.  I'm protecting my safety and my bank account.  

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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
12 of 25

Ashleigh P wrote:

Want to flag that this scam is happening again. They reached out to me and sent me a PDF asking for me to reach out to HR on Telegram app.


**Edited for community guidelines**

Apart from the fact that we can't communicate with prospective clients off-platform, references to "HR" and "hiring managers" are generally red flags for a scam.

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Aida S Member Since: Mar 17, 2020
13 of 25

I just got an offer by someone named Jerry Fischer and the interview was via telegram with someone named Albert Edward. I looked up both of them and no where to be found. I called Barnes and Nobles and they don't exist. 

Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
14 of 25

Hi Aida, 


I checked, and I was able to locate the contract you are referring to. I can confirm that our team has already removed the job and taken action against the client following our internal process. You can read more on this help article and also, please check out Tips to avoid questionable jobs

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
15 of 25

It seems that all mention of Telegram is as much as a red flag for SCAM as Google Hangout.

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Carly M Member Since: Sep 28, 2020
16 of 25

Just wanted to let you know that I was contacted with a job from **Edited for community guidelines** and an interview through Telegram, so it might still be out there.

Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
17 of 25

Hi Carly,


Thanks for flagging this job to us. I've checked and confirmed that the job has already been taken down because it was in violation of Upwork TOS and action has been taken on the client account. 


Please check this help article for more information on how to use the flag option found on each job post or message to report any suspicious or inappropriate content. Also, check out this post for more tips on how to avoid questionable jobs.

~ Bojan
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Brittany M Member Since: Jan 19, 2021
18 of 25
Hi Pauline,
Just responding here so everyone knows this person is still doing this! This happened to me, I thought it seemed off so I started doing some research and found your post! So glad I did!
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
19 of 25

re: "Just responding here so everyone knows this person is still doing this!"


Thank you for your report. But just to clarify:


This is not a "person."



This is a script or scam package used by many, many people. There is a whole bank of scam scripts which arterial circulated in the scam industry. These are used by solo practitioners as well as by organized scam businesses and gangs.

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Helen K Member Since: Mar 10, 2021
20 of 25

Thanks for this posting. I was just targeted by a similar scam for a proofreader/copy editor job at Barnes & Noble. The initial contact said they found my resumé on ZipRecruiter.