Jun 11, 2013, 04:12pm #10
Is this Russian Connection to Allegro legit or a scam? Reply to Leswin and Martsv;
I, too, have been contacted in the same manner, and became an editor. I worked for three weeks, received the notice that the position will be suspended pending the company's need to become more focused on reps and clients for the time being. I found that odd for a couple of reasons: companies wishing to create stronger client relationship while barely able to create business letters in the foreign language of the clients, would hardly get rid of every text editor, and likely not one they couldn't bestow with enough thanks. . . . and to suspend a position in lieu of making already existing editors reps, instead of hiring new reps (?!), was just an uncomfortably strange direction to take. But being an immigrant, and having worked in eleven countries, I talked myself into the idea that up and coming foreign business entrepreneurs may be dealing with various issues not known to us, and not even believable to us in the US. Who knows what upstarts in other nations have to work with? . . . . Oh yeah, I wanted this to work. I wanted to bwe bale to say, this is not a Nigerian deal.
Then, like Marty, I was asked whether I'd like to be a rep as I worked so well and timely and they'd rather not see me losing weeks of employment. I'd take in $ 2000 to $ 3500 monthly for a few hours a week. I was encouraged not to worry about the payment (which was always referred to 'your savings') of all the editing already completed, as it would come to my PayPal account along with the 1100 hundred dollars base pay and the 5% commission for the rep position. In the first week of this saga, I had opened a PayPal account, no limits, and yep I used my bank account to link, as needed by PayPal. I threw caution to the wind for a while, thinking well, as long as I only receive payment for document editing, amounting to 40 dollars average task, and it is a foreign employer, there ought to be no taxation issues, or PayPal problems. It did not take much time to edit, and if I lost those few weeks of an hour daily, and never got paid, it was way less of a loss than some other jobs I had in my life.
But the letters had in fact been quite unprofessional, and even though I told my email contact, Agdam (not the same name you mentioned, but also at rambler.com) in writing why I made certain corrections to help them not repeat the usual errors, I noticed the ill fitting email-replies I received. They never related to what I asked, although I was told to ask all questions that might come up. Here's an example of such an explanation I sent to him: in the US we do not refer to a Mr. Micheal, or Mr. Peter, we use last names with title, or simply a Hello for first names. No answer. Instead, I received many complements regarding my timely work; and continued to delete the Mr. title from Michaels and Peters (and just an aside to you two, Leswin and Martsv, there were so many Peters all of a sudden; in twenty years of teaching I'd only run into one Peter in the Midwest). Well, I stopped worrying and figured at months' end I'll either get paid via my PayPal or I wont, and that will be the end of it.
I then had to correct a particular text addressed to 'Users', in which these folks were notified of this suspension of text editors. That was the first time I realized there were that many of us - it also made me instantly uneasy and sure enough, two days later I received notice reg. suspension of editing jobs in my own email from them, too. However, it was not the corrected text I had completed for the 'Users', but rather a newly formulated one, in their own style of unique English. Remembering the first letter they'd sent to me, stating they'd seen my CV on the web, and sporting a link at the bottom of the email, I returned to that message and clicked on the link Allegro Russia, only to see a message by the carrier of the link regarding the removal of it due to 'improper behavior'. Unfortunately I no longer know what the name of the site was, I cant show you this link either, I just hope you all received it from your contact,too, 'cause I inadvertently deleted the first email!
But this prompted my search all over the web for this company - to no avail. Until I typed in PayPal Allegro Russia and found your and Martsv comments. Eye opening, yes, but still not completely willing to give up - I emailed Agdam that I needed more information and received an email stating I'd get it soon, rather than actually getting it. Now I am worried that I have given them my phone number, address and PayPal info, even though I'm unclear as to how I could be in trouble? I gave PayPal my bank account number, as asked to do by Agdam, but also by PayPal (the latter gave me the choice of using my credit or debit card) The Russians claimed I'd need to get a premier account and be verified, PayPal asked exactly what Agdam had stated, and I followed through. as editor, not as rep. I must add that I have to date not received any request for money . . . .
Now what? Has anyone gotten a bit closer to the true nature of our Russian online option which despite fear of scamming promised to be such a unique opportunity if real, for online extra income. Please do keep information going on this site, and thank you.