Alert: Fake Job Scam
April 21, 2020
In the last few days, we have received reports that individuals claiming to represent The Atlantic have sent fraudulent job offers to unwitting freelancers purporting to offer work with The Atlantic. The impostors have used fake misleading email accounts, including Megan@ellemagazine.gmail.com, and may also be sending text messages from the phone numbers 213-338-8106 and 213-338-8583.
We believe that the aim of the scam is to obtain personal information such as social security numbers, addresses, and bank account information from victims. The perpetrators have conducted job interviews by Google Hangouts; requested copies of driver’s licenses; and sought signatures on employment agreements, direct deposit, and tax forms. Unfortunately, scams like this one are very common in today’s landscape. We are actively working with law enforcement and are suggesting that any intended victims to do the same, including by reporting the scam to the FBI and/or the FTC.
Any communications regarding official business of Atlantic Media or The Atlantic will come from an account using the @atlanticmedia.com or @theatlantic.com domain.
If you believe you have been targeted by this scam (or have received any other suspicious emails relating to Atlantic Media) please forward the fraudulent communications to FraudAlert@AtlanticMedia.com, so that we can continue to track and report the fraudsters.