A man who works in a weird engineering job with the weird name “strange” was the first person to tell me the job was a scam.
I asked the question over and over in my head, trying to figure out how it got my attention, until I saw him in a video at the end of this article.
He said it sounded like a lot of work.
And it was.
He said he had been working as a “stranger engineer” for the last two years and that his job had been advertised on LinkedIn.
I thought he was kidding, but then he said he was “in it for the long haul”.
He told me he was the “strangers engineering” engineer and that he would be joining a company called “Hackerspace”, a startup that helps “develop the next generation of tech solutions” for hackers.
He gave me a bunch of credentials that I should not trust and then told me to email the company to get the details.
I got an email back a few days later saying the company was “looking for engineers” and that I could have “anybody with an understanding of cryptography”.
I emailed back and said: I’m not a hacker.
I also emailed back again to ask if the company had a website or had an application for an engineer position.
The response came back: “No, they have a website and you can submit your CV on there.”
So, the “Stranger Engineering” job advertised on Google is not really a job.
It’s an application form for an “engineering” position.
I emailed back: You know what this sounds like?
I’m a hacker?
This sounds suspicious.
How do you know it’s a scam?
Well, I was not expecting an email reply saying the application was for an engineering job, so I asked for details.
The “strangler” explained that it was a job with a high risk of rejection and that the company would have to prove that he was trustworthy before hiring him.
The company also said that it would need a copy of his email address.
I told him that I was using my employer’s email and the company said they could not show me this information.
The email he sent me said: Hi I am looking for a “Strangler Engineer”.
You will be assigned to an “engineer” role with the Hackerspace organization.
Your role will be to develop and integrate technologies that are required by Hackerspace’s mission to be the leading platform for secure and private data and information.
We will use your skills and experience in engineering to help build the next generations of technology solutions that will enable the world to be more secure, private and decentralized.
Your responsibilities will include: creating, designing, implementing and managing security and privacy technologies and services; securing, managing and improving the infrastructure of the HackerSpace platform; building a secure, secure, and secure communication platform for data, information, and information technology; and developing an open, scalable and secure distributed application for the platform.
You will also receive monthly pay of $100 for the full year.
I was intrigued by this and decided to contact Hackerspace.
I spoke to the company’s founder, Adam, and asked for a sample CV.
I had no idea what I was getting into.
I sent it to Hackerspace, who said it was for a tech role that didn’t have an application.
Adam emailed back saying that he thought it sounded a bit like a legitimate job, and that they would have a lot more to say about it.
So I called Hackerspace again, but I didn’t get any response.
I contacted the company again, and this time Adam responded to my email with the following:The company was looking for an Engineer to join Hackerspace to develop security solutions for the global cloud and data.
We are looking for people who are experienced in cryptography, cryptography-related areas, who have experience developing, deploying and deploying distributed applications, and who can be a team player in a team setting.
I am happy to provide any information you require, including my contact details and the full application, if it will be helpful for you.
Adam said Hackerspace would respond to me in three days and that this was a real job.
I did not get a response for another week.
So what happened?
The hacker told me Hackerspace had contacted him and was expecting me to come and work with them, but he had to come on a Friday because the company wasn’t available for work.
He also told me they would need the application from me within two days and had to send it by post.
The next day I emailed Hackerspace saying that the application for a job had already been sent to me, but that they were looking for more information about the job and needed to get back to me within a week.
I asked if Hackerspace was a company that had a contact page, and was told that Hackerspace does not have a contact form on its website.
I then asked for the email address of Hackerspace founder