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Topic: Hire Rush representing me? I never heard of them.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 11, 2016 09:25PM)
I just Googled Magical Mary and see an ad for me in nearby Stockton.

I don't know these people at all. The ad looks like it represents me and there are photos of me one might have found online but the phone # is not mine.

I did not follow up yet.

I'm wondering if any of you have found this popping up lately.

Any insights you could share?

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Yehoshua (Nov 11, 2016 11:47PM)
Sounds like a scam to me. Using your good reputation as a performer to get quick cash at the last minute, and then never show up. :/ I'd report 'em.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 12, 2016 12:05AM)
To whom?

Would you contact them and ask who they are or ...?

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Yehoshua (Nov 12, 2016 12:48AM)
Hmm, local authorities, I'd think... I'm not a fan of giving the offender the heads up. What is the website?
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 12, 2016 03:07AM)
Hirerush.com
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 12, 2016 10:47AM)
Https://www.hirerush.com/service/a-children-s-magician-for-your-stockton-party-a-magical--_i57649

Mary
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Nov 12, 2016 12:07PM)
I would contact HireRush and ask them to remove the listing. If your website has a copyright notice, you can point out that they are using your photos and information without your permission.

Also, you could put a notice on your website saying you're not represented by outside agencies. Or say something along the lines of contacting you directly at only the phone numbers on your website (not other websites) for bookings.

- Donald

P.S. It would seem the number on their website for your listing is the same area code as HireRush. Looks like somewhere in the Las Vegas, NV area. So, because you are based in California, it would lead one to think they put up the listing themselves.

Also, if you google the phone number that they list in your listing, it shows odd results (try it).

If you don't get anywhere with them directly, you might try their registrar or website host. That info is available via a whois lookup.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Nov 12, 2016 12:49PM)
I looked at this and have a different perspective than Mary. I don't at all think it looks anything like an agency or agency representation. If anything it seems like more of an Angie's list or services listing site. My guess is they are doing this to try to hope those they've included for free initially, will generate some business and then later they will likely add a fee for listings and hope that you will be a paid advertiser.

Like Donald said, if you do not want to be affiliated with them, contact them and ask to be removed. Or contact them and ask how it works. What happens after an interested customer contacts their number. Do they contact you and want to charge you for the lead? Is it free (for an initial period)or are they seeking memberships?

This service directory approach is nothing new and performers typically do not do much from them, but who knows? They of course will generate quite a many links that will help them in online searches and positioning.

They'll likely offer you the "it's free advertising" angle which you'll have to decide it its of interest to you. However, I saw nothing claiming to be representing you as with an agency, granted I just glanced at their site without going too deep.

Let us know what you decide, what you find out and how it turns out.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Nov 12, 2016 01:39PM)
Further expanding on Mindpro's thoughts, it's entirely possible that they created the listing based on your listing elsewhere. For example, if you're also listed on Yelp with photos and a business profile, maybe they grabbed the content from there. Or Gigsalad, Gigmasters, PartyPop, etc.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Nov 12, 2016 02:57PM)
I agree. In the beginning they probably feel that is the only way to compete and establish themselves. Mary, were you the only one from your area or do you recognize others as well? Can you tell from their text where their content came from?
Message: Posted by: Keith Raygor (Nov 13, 2016 08:23AM)
A closer look at the contact info indicates it's a Ukraine-based company. I track the number of hacking attempts on my website, and Ukraine/Russia remains at the top of the monthly list of attempts, followed by China.
In addition to that, the address is appears to be a UPS store box in Las Vegas, which is another red flag.
A search in the internet Wayback machine shows their site was first published in 6-2015. A click on the first entry of that page will show you the many, many categories of businesses they are targeting.
A look at their who-is listing will not give much info because of their privacy listing, but it does show their domain registration of 5-2015.

Be careful about advice you receive from anonymous sources.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 13, 2016 11:02AM)
They did get the photos and write ups from things I put online.

The other listings are mostly companies I don't know but I do see at least one I recognize.

Thank you all for your input and advice.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: disneywld (Nov 15, 2016 09:58AM)
I'm not sure if it was a call from this organization, but I got a call yesterday from an obvious overseas company wanting to book show in Denver for a client. The caller told me that the client pays the service, and I get paid from their headquarters in Las Vegas on the following Friday after my show. I was specifically told not to discuss my fees with their client. The caller hung up on me when I suggested that the client pay me, and I would send them a commission payment after the show.

The show was a Christmas party at a well-known Denver event center. I know the people who plan events there and it will be easy to figure out who the client is by the booking date. I'll try and follow up and post more information here.
Message: Posted by: HireRush (Nov 17, 2016 10:57AM)
[quote]On Nov 11, 2016, Mary Mowder wrote:
I just Googled Magical Mary and see an ad for me in nearby Stockton.

I don't know these people at all. The ad looks like it represents me and there are photos of me one might have found online but the phone # is not mine.

I did not follow up yet.

I'm wondering if any of you have found this popping up lately.

Any insights you could share?

-Mary Mowder [/quote]
Hi, Mary!

I'm Antony.

I represent HireRush. I'd like to reassure you and say that we don't want to steal your clients or clients of any other providers. Our goal is to make a convenient service that would help clients to find suitable providers for their needs.

I'll try to answer your questions:

- We direct to you all the calls from your ad. This is done to protect you against spam and advertising calls. All clients who are interested in your services will still be able to reach you. We also offer a very useful function - call from the browser. It allows customers to call you directly from the browser for free. You can try it yourself and verify that you will receive a call to your phone number.

- Publishing on our site is absolutely free. You can ask how we make money. Answer is that we get the money from advertising and we have paid features that give providers a lot of benefits. You can find paid account features at the link below https://www.hirerush.com/profiles-plans

- Our company is located in 2 countries, the US and Ukraine. So do not be surprised by that, it is a normal practice in the world :)

If you have any questions, you can call us +1 (646) 781-8765 or write us an email hirerush@hirerush.com.

All best, Antony
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Nov 17, 2016 02:12PM)
So how did Mary's listing/info get on your site in the first place? Without her knowledge or consent? How long will it remain there?
Message: Posted by: HireRush (Nov 18, 2016 08:40AM)
We have found the information about Mary service in the internet open resource which doesn't object taking info.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Nov 18, 2016 08:50AM)
Certainly since she has objected it will be taken down, correct?
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Nov 18, 2016 09:12AM)
"in the internet open resource," What the he** does that mean?
Message: Posted by: HireRush (Nov 18, 2016 09:28AM)
[quote]On Nov 18, 2016, Dannydoyle wrote:
Certainly since she has objected it will be taken down, correct? [/quote]
If she objects we will delete her services.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Nov 18, 2016 09:32AM)
Isn't this thread itself an objection?

Why should she be required to do anything? Shouldn't you have asked her first? I am confused.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Nov 18, 2016 09:59AM)
If you copied information or photos from Yelp, Gigsalad, Gigmasters, PartyPop, etc., those are all websites with a copyright notice. So, you shouldn't be taking content from those websites, to put onto the HireRush website.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 18, 2016 12:33PM)
I'm objecting.

I don't see a clear place on your website to do so but take me off your website.

I think it is the height of gall to list me on your site without my permission.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Nov 18, 2016 12:36PM)
Mary -

Just in case your post here doesn't get a response from them, here's a link to their contact page:

https://www.hirerush.com/contact-us

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Nov 18, 2016 12:42PM)
I can't believe Mary is the first person to feel this way. Wouldn't have taken much to call or e-mail her and ask for permission in the first place. It could have been a more positive beginning to a professional relationship rather than this being seen in a completely different light.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 18, 2016 01:01PM)
I'd like to try objecting from here rather than give them more information about me through their contact page.

Thank you to all who have helped here.

HireRush, I hope you will take note and contact ALL of the people you are using on your sites everywhere.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Nov 18, 2016 01:41PM)
[quote]On Nov 18, 2016, Mary Mowder wrote:
I'm objecting.

I don't see a clear place on your website to do so but take me off your website.

I think it is the height of gall to list me on your site without my permission.

-Mary Mowder [/quote]

I thought so.
Message: Posted by: imgic (Nov 20, 2016 10:53AM)
Stumbled across this discussion and was interested to see if others complained elsewhere about this Jenny company

Goggled "hirerush.com complaint". No better business bureau complaints or anything like that listed yet...but did see this:

https://www.hirerush.com/service/fraud-alert-gary-locke-all-star-pools-repair-remodeling-scammer_i15495

They're promoting workers with fraud alerts? Obviously hirerush.com has some bot collecting people for hire in all areas and just auto uploading the data...then they expect to take a cut if a booking goes through them? What a underhanded way to try to make money...
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 20, 2016 12:36PM)
My listing on HireRush is still there but now generating a warning that my website may contain questionable material, enter at your own risk type stuff.

So we see that HireRush is not only rude but vindictive. It is clear they know I don't want to be listed but they did not remove the listing, they tried to smear my name.

Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 21, 2016 11:20AM)
A Lady from HireRush called me this morning and confirmed that I wanted my listing deleted from HireRush.

The listing is gone now and I'm hoping that in a few days the listing in Google etc... directing people to the "This is Awkward, page missing " screen will disappear as well.

Thank you to all.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: RobertSmith (Dec 12, 2016 06:42PM)
Just an FYI on this company.

I attempted to locate a entertainers in my zip code. It was not possible to find them without entering my cell phone number to "get an authorization code."

Given this, I think you can guess what the main function of this website is.