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Job Listings. CAUTION!

Post by Garmar on Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:07 am

Here's a not-so-new scam that I just discovered on another website. People are going to sites like Craigslist and posting an ad for writing samples about various subjects. Then, after they get their STOLEN samples, they submit them to AC (Associated Content?) and get paid for others' work.

I guess I don't have to explain how badly this sickens me. If any of our members runs across this scam asking for a writing sample(s) in the hopes of making money, run away...it's most likely a scam.

Stealing writing samples on job listing sites

This is what one of these "offers" looks like. From the above site. mad
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We are a new start up that specialize in providing niche content to
online publishers and webmasters. We are seeking candidates that are
well versed writers who can write flexibly and on many unique subjects.
We are looking to acquire content that is not time sensitive, so we
will generally prefer writers who are best at creating guides and how
to articles. We pay very competitive rates that are around the $10 to
$15 per article range. We also compensate by the hour if so desired and
will take care of the telecommunication required. Articles that you
write must have proper grammar and syntax and should also be more than
400 words in length.

If you wish to be considered or wish to show interest please reply with
resume attached. ALSO, as a quality sample please write and attach an
article on the any of the subjects specified below. 400 Words MINIMUM:

Subjects:

Airsoft (Equipment and Sport)
Investing
Guitar playing
Household Cleaning methods
Study habits and time management

A niche and unique subject of your choosing will also be accepted as
long as it displays flexibility and wide general knowledge and research
skills. This means no weight loss/ pet care content or content on
subjects already widely available on the internet, we focus on building
a unique library of high value content.

REPLIES WITHOUT A RESUME AND AN ARTICLE THAT IS NOT PRE-WRITTEN WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
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If any of you see something like this anywhere, please report it to site admin immediately.

Garmar








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Re: Job Listings. CAUTION!

Post by Lady Goodman on Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:29 pm

I've been applying for freelancing jobs, and I've looked up every site that has offered anything. I got this as a reply to one of them, which I thought was strange, because I didn't use Craigslist to fine them...


Hi Bethany!

Thank you for responding to our listing on CraigsList!

The response has been tremendous, so we have typed up this informational e-mail to give you more details about the opportunity.

We are currently looking for the following:

Article Writers (Paying $25 to $45 an hour)
Blog Posters (Paying $12 to $50 an hour)
Fiction Story Writers (up to $450 per story)
Non-Fiction Story Writers (up to $450 per story)

These positions are freelance positions under contract. You will be paid per article, post or story upon acceptance.

You don't have to be a 'natural born writer' to participate. If your English writing skills are good, you should qualify.

If you are accepted, you can accept as many jobs as you want. There is no limit to the amount you can earn!

If you are interested in applying, please visit our website:

http://www.InstantTypeJobs.com/

Fill out the online application to see if you qualify.

POSITIONS ARE LIMITED! We only have so many spots to fill. Once they are filled, the offer will be removed.

Thank you for your time and GOOD LUCK!

http://www.InstantTypeJobs.com/
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Re: Job Listings. CAUTION!

Post by NaClshaker on Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:17 pm

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and . . . LOL
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Re: Job Listings. CAUTION!

Post by Lady Goodman on Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:18 pm

Haha no joke. It just makes me feel really sad for all the people who don't take the time to google these things before submitting their work.
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Post by NaClshaker on Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:22 pm

No offense intended, but I don't feel "sad" for anyone who fails to do their homework when it comes to the internet.
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Re: Job Listings. CAUTION!

Post by Lady Goodman on Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:24 pm

Ha! Actually, that's a good point. I think people are just turned on by the money outlook and forget the common sense part.

I actually did have one legitamate reply. Their pay isn't "400-600 a week for doing easy stuff!!!!!", it's 2 cents per word for writing blurbs and introductions for web pages. Oh, realism isn't near as fun as fiction. sarcasm
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Re: Job Listings. CAUTION!

Post by NaClshaker on Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:52 pm

Papers on desk get shoved aside . . . damn drink tips onto some onto a client proposal . . . scramble for paper towels to clean up . . . open left top drawer. Not there! Look quickly in lower drawers. Nope. Check top drawer on right. There it is! My calculator. Now, how many words at 2 cents each do I have to write to make $600. Click, click, click . . . oops . . . backspace, delete wrong entry . . . clilck, click, click. Voila. Only 30,000 words per week! LOL

Crap. If I was writing that much FINISHED copy, I'd complete a full length novel every three weeks!
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Re: Job Listings. CAUTION!

Post by Lady Goodman on Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:53 pm

Haha! Yeah. I already have a job, so it's more like getting definate feedback for writing more than the money.

The only way to get a good full time writing job is just to publish a damn book. Laughing
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