Off topic: Potential scam via proz.com
Thread poster: Roel Verschueren

Roel Verschueren  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 02:27
Member (2007)
English to Dutch
+ ...
Dec 9, 2017

Hi,

Just wanted to let the community know that I have been contacted by a new member (December 2017) who deleted his/her profile after having sent the following email:
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Good Day,

My wife and I are planning to relocate to Austria in a few weeks.
Would you be able to provide some help during this relocation
process?
We require assistance in the following areas:

Organization of pickup from the airport.... See more
Hi,

Just wanted to let the community know that I have been contacted by a new member (December 2017) who deleted his/her profile after having sent the following email:
---------------------------
Good Day,

My wife and I are planning to relocate to Austria in a few weeks.
Would you be able to provide some help during this relocation
process?
We require assistance in the following areas:

Organization of pickup from the airport.
Paying of bills.
Apartment/Hotel reservations.
Car Hire.
Insurance and many more.

We are ready to pay Five hundred euros a week for your services.
Kindly respond to this email and you would be receiving more
details.

Thanks.

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This message was sent to you via the ProZ.com directory.
Sender: tubemerchant
Sender's profile: http://proz.com/profile/2474623
Sender's IP address: 62.210.53.231
To adjust your ProZ.com email preferences, visit this page:
http://proz.com/?sp=ef
For technical assistance, please submit a support request:
http://proz.com/support
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After having been in direct contact, and researching IP address as well as the company behind this person, I have reason to believe that this is the start of a scam, where proz.com is used as a starting point of "confidence".
When consulting the sender's profile on proz.com, this is the message received:

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Er is geen (of niet langer) een lid / gebruiker in deze gegevensbank met deze identificatiecode.
Voor andere zelfstandige vertalers / tolken, gaat u naar Hoofdpagina van ProZ.com
Niet geregistreerd? Registreren (gratis)
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Other members having been contacted in the same or a similar way could advise us more.

After further research, the IP address of the sender is located in France, and points to an organisation concerning bitcoins. Maybe the attached file from the sender (a word document) tries to use our computers for bitcoin mining.

Scam



[Bijgewerkt op 2017-12-09 12:08 GMT]

[Bijgewerkt op 2017-12-09 12:10 GMT]
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Michail Kontogiorgos
Greece
Local time: 03:27
Greek to English
+ ...
Beware! Dec 9, 2017

Roel Verschueren wrote:



[Bijgewerkt op 2017-12-09 08:47 GMT]


I've got the same mail recently as follows;

Dear Michail,

Thank you for your message.
My wife and I are planning to arrive in Greece on the 16th January, 2018.

Therefore, we will require that all and more of the tasks be put in place before we arrive.
We are relocating permanently after our retirement in the USA.
For the required payments, a check will be mailed to allow you to have funds to cover all transactions.
You are not paying for anything in advance with your personal money.
From this check you would be paid your salary too.
If the procedure is understood, I will send you a contract by e-mail, then we will begin the process.
Looking forward to hearing from you in due course.

Regards,



Christopher Thomas|President| I.A.M.
Tel: 757-372-4710
clt@internationalassetmgmt.com
A Cali. Corp.licensed with the Dept. of Real Estate # 01889452


 

Anna Morvern  Identity Verified
Ireland
Local time: 01:27
Member
French to English
+ ...
Agreed - potential scam Dec 9, 2017

I can't speak Dutch, sorry, but also received this same request in English (I googled the sender's email address and found this thread). Looks like a scam as the sender has no valid profile on ProZ. The profile picture is also - er - a little strange.

 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 02:27
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
+ ...
Zelfde Dec 9, 2017

Anna Morvern wrote:
I also received this same request in English


Bij mij ook. Een stel die zei dat ze naar NL emigreren, maar dan vragen ze over dingen als autohuur, verzekering etc. 5 seconden later in de prullenbak.

Het rare was dat er geen linkje onderaan de mail was om spam bij ProZ.com te melden, zoals gewoonlijk het geval is.

[Edited at 2017-12-09 11:28 GMT]


 

Jan Vernooy  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 02:27
Member (2002)
English to Dutch
+ ...
In de prullenbak, inderdaad Dec 9, 2017

Ik ben blij dat ik even uitgebreid heb gegoogled op de naam van deze meneer, ik werd toen doorgeleid naar ProZ naar deze pagina. Aanvankelijk had ik nog geen argwaan, na hetzelfde bericht van deze meneer. Weg ermee dus. De digitale omgeving wordt steeds meer een mijnenveld...

 

George Nikola
Greece
Local time: 03:27
Greek to English
+ ...
I got the same message too Dec 9, 2017

And contacted it(?) and got the following message:

Dear George,

Thank you for your message.
My wife and I are planning to arrive in Greece on the 16th January, 2018.

Therefore, we will require that all and more of the tasks be put in place before we arrive.
We are relocating permanently after our retirement in the USA.
For the required payments, a check will be mailed to allow you to have funds to cover all transactions.
You are n
... See more
And contacted it(?) and got the following message:

Dear George,

Thank you for your message.
My wife and I are planning to arrive in Greece on the 16th January, 2018.

Therefore, we will require that all and more of the tasks be put in place before we arrive.
We are relocating permanently after our retirement in the USA.
For the required payments, a check will be mailed to allow you to have funds to cover all transactions.
You are not paying for anything in advance with your personal money.
From this check you would be paid your salary too.
If the procedure is understood, I will send you a contract by e-mail, then we will begin the process.
Looking forward to hearing from you in due course.

Regards,



Christopher Thomas|President| I.A.M.
Tel: 757-372-4710
clt@internationalassetmgmt.com
A Cali. Corp.licensed with the Dept. of Real Estate # 01889452


Googled the telephoned number and is in Virginia, USA. The Licence ID stated for the corp. is valid and in fact there is an actual Christina Lynn Thomas broker in Carlsbad,CA, USA.
The scammers are getting better and better all the time
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Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 02:27
Member (2003)
German to Dutch
+ ...
Zie het Engelstalige forum Dec 9, 2017

https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/321140-scammer_tubemerchant.html

 

Roel Verschueren  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 02:27
Member (2007)
English to Dutch
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
Dank je Gerard Dec 9, 2017



Altijd goed te weten dat men niet alleen als sul op dit soort aanbiedingen ingaat.
Had het forum nog niet bezocht.
Enig idee hoe proz.com por-actief tegen dit soort Spam kan ingaan?
Roel


 

Isabel Barbosa  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 01:27
Member (2015)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
This is a real scam Dec 9, 2017

Hello,

Thank you for warning all of us. This is a scam because I have received the same contact saying that he and his family would be relocating to Portugal.

BE CAREFUL!


[Edited at 2017-12-09 21:47 GMT]


 

Andrea Marroquim  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 02:27
English to Portuguese
+ ...
SCAM Dec 11, 2017

I received the same email and did not reply. This is really a scam!

Good Day,

My wife and I are planning to relocate to Austria in a few weeks.
Would you be able to provide some help during this relocation
process?
We require assistance in the following areas:

Organization of pickup from the airport.
Paying of bills.
Apartment/Hotel reservations.
Car Hire.
Insurance and many more.

We are ready to pay Fi
... See more
I received the same email and did not reply. This is really a scam!

Good Day,

My wife and I are planning to relocate to Austria in a few weeks.
Would you be able to provide some help during this relocation
process?
We require assistance in the following areas:

Organization of pickup from the airport.
Paying of bills.
Apartment/Hotel reservations.
Car Hire.
Insurance and many more.

We are ready to pay Five hundred euros a week for your services.
Kindly respond to this email and you would be receiving more
details.

Thanks.

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This message was sent to you via the ProZ.com directory.
Sender: tubemerchant
Sender's profile: http://proz.com/profile/2474623
Sender's IP address: 62.210.53.231
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