We’ve learned of bad actors pretending to be Simon & Schuster employees on various platforms attempting to trick people into applying for fake freelance jobs and/or sharing personal information.
As an example, the bad actor posts a freelance translation or typing job on a site like Upwork. They encourage you to contact them via Telegram. On Telegram, they ask for personal details under the guise of an “interview” and then claim to “hire” you on behalf of Simon & Schuster. Finally, they pressure you to pay a “refundable linking fee” via bank transfer, crypto exchange, PayPal, etc., in order to remit compensation once the job is complete.
This is just one example of the job recruitment scams we’re currently seeing, and it’s important to note that we do not offer jobs via social media, messenger applications like Telegram or WhatsApp, or personal email accounts, nor do we ask for banking or credit card information, or payments of any kind. Our official social media accounts have a blue checkmark (gold on Twitter) and our official company email addresses use the following domains: @simonandschuster.com (in the USA); @simonandschuster.ca (in Canada); @simonandschuster.com.au (in Australia); @simonandschuster.co.in (in India); and @simonandschuster.co.uk (in the UK). These social media accounts and email addresses are the only ones through which we communicate.