These are the facts along with clickable links for documentation:
- The International Association of Professional Writers and Editors (IAPWE) steals photos from real people. Here’s just one example, but it’s far from the only one. Legitimate organizations don’t do this.
- You advertise fake jobs on Craigslist in virtually every major and minor market all over the world. Your Basecamp account has always been empty. The jobs don’t exist. This is not just according to me. This is according to EVERYONE, including the folks at Basecamp.
Now, a writer did send me an “acceptance” email she received yesterday and I saw you stopped promising a link to Basecamp. I assume this was in response to this story. Unfortunately, it doesn’t change anything except that it may take writers a bit longer to realize the job listings were fake and they’ve been scammed.
3. You don’t read the submission essays. I’ve applied two additional times under different emails now. Once I sent in a deliberately poor sample and an email address that didn’t correspond with the application. The second, I didn’t apply or do an essay at all. I just emailed you with a five digit code. Both times I got an acceptance letter, even the time I didn’t send you anything to accept.
4. You create fake blogs and fake personas to pretend they’ve received work from the IAPWE. I go into detail about this in my article above and Translator Scammers took up where I left off, discovering that you stole the photo for at least one of those fake bloggers off Linkedin. Again with the stolen photos! You guys really should stop it. Translator Scammers has done excellent work regarding your use of fake photos and personas. I highly recommend clicking here to read their piece on your fraudulent “organization.”
5. You are one and the same with Domainite. I discovered this when I spoke to the folks at Basecamp and they told me, contrary to your claims to myself and other writers, there had NEVER been any jobs in your account. They gave me an email address that I traced back to Domainite. This was confirmed by a writer in the comments above who also noted the Basecamp for IAPWE is the same as the Basecamp for Domainite. I also received a forwarded email from a writer this week who had applied to Domainite. She was told they weren’t hiring, but given directions to apply for the IAPWE who was hiring. I’d seen other reports that this was happening but this forwarded email was the first time I saw it with my own two eyes.
6. I did indeed email you when I was writing this article and offered you the chance to comment. You emphatically declined the opportunity so saying I promised you a chance to respond and didn’t follow through is nothing short of a lie.
7. No amount of words from you or your fake bots can change the documented facts. For writers and editors interested in learning more, don’t take my word for it. I suggest the following links.
A) Here’s my own Medium article about the IAPWE in case you somehow missed it.
B) Here is Victoria Strauss’s article about the IAPWE scam on Writer’s Beware.
C) Here is the previously mentioned Translator Scammers investigation into the IAPWE’s use of fake photos, among other things.
D) There are a number of threads on the IAPWE scam on Reddit if you search IAPWE Reddit they’ll pull up. Here’s just one of them.
Writers, making a living in this business is hard, but there are legitimate resources out there. Stick with it. Good people will eventually find work. No one deserves to be scammed.