ED Magedson – Founder
Prevently, Inc.30 Cambridge Park Drive Suite 4129 Cambridge , Massachusetts USA
Prevently, Inc. Laurence Girard, Kristen Fauklner hired by 'company', gave personal information, wrote for 'company', never got paid! Cambridge Massachusetts
I saw an advertisement for a Harvard-based company called Prevently looking for health writers. I sent my application to Kristen Faulkner, the person listed as the contact for Prevently. Within a week I was accepted and was sent an email from Laurence Girard with instructions on how to create my Prevently account and the guidelines to begin writing articles.
The articles I wrote have never been edited let alone paid for. I contacted Laurence several times about the articles but he kept giving excuses that the website was taking longer than expect to set up, that the site would be up and running in about ten days, that he was working with his team (this weekend) and would get to them asap...just for me to be patient. All sorts of excuses.
So I tried to contact Kristen Faulkner about the non-payment issue but she no longer replies to emails.
Harvard University was contacted to see if Laurence Girard and Prevently were legit. The query email was answered by a lady (I will leave her name out of this) who said, "Prevently.com is not a current team in our current Venture Incubation Program. However, any degree-seeking Harvard student is eligible to use the i-lab. It is our understanding that Laurence is a degree seeking student in the Division of Continuing Education and as such would have access to the i-lab--I hope this information answers your questions."
It seems Laurence Girard is a continuing ed. student via online courses and has access to the university's iLab. He is not an on-campus student so is odd that he using Harvard's name as though he were a golden credential to promote this (non-functioning) Prevently health website. I have come across other writes hired by Laurence / Prevently that inform me Laurence has done this before - started a health website (Nutrias).
I highly suggest any writers who come across the name Laurence Girard or Kristen Faulkner (who is currently listed as the COO of Prevently) to not fall for the fake job offer. Not only will you end up giving up all your personal information (full name, address, SSN, bio and photo), you will also write tedious articles and not be paid! The platform is set up so that once articles are submitted, you cannot retrieve them, alter them, or delete them.
This was one version of the posted advertisements:
A Harvard-based Telemedicine company is seeking healthcare writers to write high-quality articles for our website www.prevently.com. Writers will be paid per article that you write and can earn thousands of dollars per month. You can write as little or as much as you would like and there are tens of thousands of assignments available.
Each article is reviewed by a copy editor and a physician. Your name will be published next to your article on Prevently.com alongside the physician who reviewed your article. If your article is exceptional quality, we may feature it next to our content from Harvard Medical School Health Publications and Mayo Clinic. Each article you create will receive quality scores from our copy editors and you will be given higher paying assignments based on the scores you receive. This is an excellent way to build your online portfolio, as we anticipate hundreds of thousands of page views per month to view your articles. to Join our team today to be part of an exciting venture that can have a positive social impact on the U.S. healthcare landscape! Please include a resume with full educational background and a writing sample in your application.
Prevently aims to become the premier global health and wellness website that empowers consumers with the information, products, and personalized care they need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Prevently provides consumers with physician-reviewed health content, physician-approved health products, telemedicine consultations, and an online profile that integrates data from wearable health and fitness devices. For a monthly subscription fee, data from these devices is run through an algorithm and alerts healthcare providers when patients are behaving unhealthily. Our business focuses on encouraging consumers to be proactive about their health, and we believe education is a vital part of the solution.
Our Chief Medical Officer is a board-certified cardiologist at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General Hospital and will be reviewing our content for medical accuracy. Our business development team includes 3 Harvard Business School graduates, a former White House physician for President Bill Clinton, and the winner of MITs $100k business competition.
Please apply today even if you are not a health care professional. Previous healthcare writing experience is a plus, but not required. You must have some experience in either journalism or health care to apply. You must attach a writing sample in addition to your resume similar to the following article (400 words in length focusing on health etc.): http://www.livestrong.com/article/553151-the-4-rules-of-healthy-cooking/
Questions/ applications: Kristen Faulkner at email@example.com
These ads in various versions were placed on many websites that include eLance, American Society for Nutrition, SimplyHired, Indeed.com, DoNanza.com, Howtobeacopywriter.co.uk, writersloft.org.,prevently.com. Writers beware!
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