I’ve been keeping my works in progress quiet; however, I’ve decided to give a little announcement. My next novel, Wishing it Away, is about the struggle a couple faces when the husband comes home from war with combat PTSD. The story is from the view of the wife, who has no idea how to keep their marriage together. 15% of my royalties will be donated to War Dogs, which trains service dogs to help veterans cope with PTSD. It’s a serious problem, and we need to be part of the solution.
If you’re a freelancer, you have to careful when finding private clients. If you aren’t working with a reputable web site, you don’t really know what you’re getting into. Web sites like Upwork.com allow you to find clients to do work for, which can drastically increase your income if you’re proactive about it. So what happens when you find someone who is just looking for a freelancer to scam?
I came across a job posting on Upwork the other day for an accounts payable/receivable job. As a writer, it’s out of my realm, but not something I can’t do. Here is the original job posting that I applied for.
When I received an invitation to interview, I was very excited. The interview was via yahoo messenger, which I found odd. Maybe other people use it, but I’ve always done them through Upwork (Odesk) or Skype. However, I downloaded the app and proceeded. The person who claimed to be the hiring manager asked me some questions about accounts receivable/payable. Thanks to my article writing experience, I knew the answers. I was told I would do training for two weeks at $10 an hour, then I would make a whopping $18.50 an hour. Who could pass that up? I was ecstatic, but at the same time, I felt like something was off. I got the job way too easily. I thought maybe they fire people during the training phase if they don’t do well, so I pushed my concern aside.
I was told the job is through a company called OM GROUP. It’s a legitimate, publicly traded company. I checked them out. My problem was that I had no proof that this person was actually with the company. Before we finished the “interview”, the major red flag was waved. The “hiring manager” told me that I need some software to do the job, but no worries, they would send me a check to buy it. Here’s the kicker, I had to buy it from their vendor. My thought was, if they had a vendor, they could send me the software. Why would they had out large amounts of money to people after a short interview, and hope the money is spent on what it should be spent on? All this happened on a Friday, so I figured I would just call the company’s corporate office Monday morning and ask them myself if the whole thing is legitimate.
I received an e-mail to sign and send back. It was supposed to be the company offer letter. It was some typed up information with a sad attempt at sounding professional with a copied and pasted image from the company’s web site at the top of it. Here is the first page of the letter.
While the “offer letter” was eyeroll-worthy, I still wanted to call the corporate office. I called first thing Monday morning. I got about one sentence out about what I called to ask and the lady at the other end said, “Yeah, it’s a hoax. We have IT working on it.” I asked her for her e-mail and sent her what I have, which isn’t much since these creeps use different names and e-mails constantly. I only hope there aren’t freelancers out there that are so desperate for bill money, they’re ignoring these red flags. I got back on yahoo messenger and told off Mr. Depp or whatever his name is. He signed off and probably deleted that account.
The hoax was most likely this: They would send a bad check to buy the “software”. The fake software site would accept the transaction and take the money before the check bounced, taking all the victim’s real money and leaving them in the hole with a bad check. Luckily, I knew better. If you find a similar job, please run far, far away. Spread the word. Not everyone is aware these scams are out there, or they need money so bad they’re hoping for the best until it’s too late. Share this post and make it so these idiots have no one left scam! Stay safe fellow freelancers.
Here is another scam job posting from the same people.
Hi everyone! Enter to win one of two signed paperbacks of …And The Stars Fell Silent! The giveaway is hosted by The Swanky Bibliophile’s Book Blog. *Re-posted from their page*
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Author Trinity Roberts has offered a signed paperback of her novel “… And The Stars Fell Silent.” There will be two winners. Here is how you can enter.
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Hi everyone! I’ve had quite the exciting couple of days. Yesterday, out of nowhere, …And The Stars Fell Silent skyrocketed on Amazon. It went from almost 500th place to #64 in Dystopian. When I woke up this morning, it was #43. I’m so grateful that it has become a best seller. It’s truly a dream come true. Thank you everyone for your support. It’s been a rough and exciting journey. I’m working on the sequel now and anticipating a release next spring. I can’t wait to share it with the world. If you haven’t read …And The Stars Fell Silent, go check it out. Please leave a review on Amazon. I put my heart and soul into my novel, and I would appreciate feedback. Thanks so much. Have a wonderful day readers.
Name Trinity Roberts
Where are you from
I’m from eastern Washington, but I live in Indianapolis, Indiana.
A little about yourself- i.e. your education Family life etc
I joined the Navy when I was 19. I was stationed on the USS Nimitz. I met my husband in California. He was in the Marines and stationed at Camp Pendleton. We moved to Indiana and had two children. I went to school for Information Technology and hated every minute of it. Writing is something I have enjoyed since I was a child, and I decided to go for my dream. I have chronic pain, which keeps me down often, so working at home works out well for me.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I released my debut novel, …And The Stars Fell Silent, on July 24, 2015. It’s a dystopian novel about…
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Hi everyone! …And The Stars Fell Silent is now live on Amazon and Smashwords. My editor and I worked like crazy, and we managed to get it done ahead of schedule. As of right now, you can buy the kindle version from Amazon, or one of several different formats from Smashwords. As soon as the rest of the approval goes through, the e-book will be live on: Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, Oyster, Kobo, Overdrive, Baker & Taylor, Inktera, and Versent.
The paperback will be live on Amazon shortly, and in other bookstores and online retailers and in the next few months.
You can click on the ‘Books’ tab or “Shop Now’ to buy the ebook, or check back for the paperback version soon.
Hi everyone! I have some exciting news. While …And The Stars Fell Silent has been delayed until August 1st, it is going very well. My editor is working through the book now, and will be finished very soon.
I decided that delaying the book 11 days is better than rushing a release. I want it to be perfect for release. I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. I am giddy with excitement, and I couldn’t have done it without my best friend, my editor, my family, and of course, my readers. This is my first, and it certainly won’t be my last. 21 days!
Hi everyone. I’ve been so busy working on my novel and promotions I haven’t posted in a while. Other than pushing the release date back to July 20th, things are going well. I’d rather have a well-polished story than release it too soon. I hope everyone likes the makeover to my web site. I logged on today and thought, “Why did I make my web site so ugly and confusing?” I’m not sure what I was thinking, but it’s much better now in my opinion. I hope you all like it too. You can find the information about my current works on the “coming soon” page and a link to my Goodreads giveaway on the “events” page. I’m so touched and grateful for everyone who has entered and showed interest in reading my book. Thank you all for your support.