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Tony M
France
Local time: 09:06
Member
French to English
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"Translate my book" Oct 7, 2011

I have now received several versions of this same scam; in each case, the text they sent me to translate (sometimes claiming it to be a sample) was a large extract from someone else's book (I raised the copyright issue with the scammer!)

The books I have been asked to translate were about either eductaing your children at home, or project management.


 

Tony M
France
Local time: 09:06
Member
French to English
+ ...
Booking scam (not via ProZ.com) Oct 7, 2011

Just thought it was worth warning of another scam I have recently received several examples of, though not, I hasten to add, via ProZ.com; here is the typical message, only the names / details change each time.


Hello,


It is a nice thing to have gotten your contact through the web. I want to start by introducing myself. I am Mr Felix Smith from United Kingdom. We want you to assist us in organising reservation booking for a group of 8 people that will... See more
Just thought it was worth warning of another scam I have recently received several examples of, though not, I hasten to add, via ProZ.com; here is the typical message, only the names / details change each time.


Hello,


It is a nice thing to have gotten your contact through the web. I want to start by introducing myself. I am Mr Felix Smith from United Kingdom. We want you to assist us in organising reservation booking for a group of 8 people that will be coming to your location for 7 days sight seeing holiday in November. We need you to book for 4 double rooms or 8 single rooms for the guests. The dates of the holiday is from 3th to 10th November.

Kindly get back to me with the total cost of the accommodation immediately for onward processes. Hope to get your kind response towards my request very soon.

Regards,
Felix Smith.


This particular one came from felixsmith64@ymail.com
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Geraldine Oudin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Japanese to French
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Another scam attempt Aug 14, 2015

Hello!

I'm Mark Davis from Bedford,U.K.I'll be making a presentation to some groups of French speaking people in Paris,France on the 7th of September,2015.However,i will need you to help in translating some documents from English to French,so each of my audience can have a copy in their local language and they can follow through.The deadline for the delivery of translations is September 4,2015.Please,let me have an estimate for the documents(see attached).I look forward to hearing b
... See more
Hello!

I'm Mark Davis from Bedford,U.K.I'll be making a presentation to some groups of French speaking people in Paris,France on the 7th of September,2015.However,i will need you to help in translating some documents from English to French,so each of my audience can have a copy in their local language and they can follow through.The deadline for the delivery of translations is September 4,2015.Please,let me have an estimate for the documents(see attached).I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best Regards,
Mark


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I have asked for the details of his company to prepare a quote. When I contacted the said company, as I suspected, no one had heard of a Mark Davis. Beware.
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Steven Onken
United States
Local time: 03:06
Member (1970)
Scams go both ways Jun 26, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of scams like this! I did not realize they occur both ways. Have seen this, I can certainly see why someone would do it - to try to get work done and then not pay. Here we receive emails almost daily from individuals claiming to be translators who want to work for us. We find 95 percent of them to be scammers. This is why we go through a vetting and registration process with all of our linguists. We establish a contractual relationship with each linguist before any se... See more
I am so sorry to hear of scams like this! I did not realize they occur both ways. Have seen this, I can certainly see why someone would do it - to try to get work done and then not pay. Here we receive emails almost daily from individuals claiming to be translators who want to work for us. We find 95 percent of them to be scammers. This is why we go through a vetting and registration process with all of our linguists. We establish a contractual relationship with each linguist before any services are rendered. We welcome your participation with us, and you can read our reviews here on ProZ from others who have worked with us.

Sincerely,
Steve Onken
Senior Project Manager
Compass Languages

Manuela Hoffmann-Maleki wrote:

Hello,

after reading this, I am sorry to say that I took one of these mails for a real request. Fortunately, I answered that I would just accept bank transfer, not a cheque, but in case they send money - is there anything to do? I gave them my banking details. Hope that doesn't turn out to be a bad idea...

This is the first mail I received via ProZ:

"Hello,

My name is Dennis Rio from United Kingdom . I will
need the service of English to German interpreter while
i
will be coming to (Bavaria)Germany for a 3day event with
my wife
who is 5month pregnant. My wife does not understand
German
and as such will need English to German Speaking
Interpreter
to assist her in the area of purchasing certain items and
other relevant services. Your services will only be
needed
from thursday23 ,september to Saturday 25 September, 2010
from
9am -2pm
daily.

I will prefer that such an interpreter is someone who is
very familiar with Bavaria places of interest and will
be a
very nice and jovial person that can keep a smile on my
wifeâ?Ts face till I return because she means a lot to
me.

If interested, do get back to me with the fee involved so
i
can make deposit.
best regards
Dennis Rio"

And this is the one I received after I gave him my price details:

"I am okay with the fee.i would have love to come down to pay you by cash, but its going to be stressful and time consuming so i will send you an international Bank Certified check that you can easily catch at your bank.in case you stay outside Bavaria Munich do calculate your Transportation .Do provide the below details for payment.

Name to be written on the check
Full address to send the check
Your phone number
kind regards
Dennis"

So the latter contains almost everything that makes it look like the above-mentioned spam mail.

I reported this mail now by clicking on the link in the last line of the mail.

I hope there is not going to be any more trouble with this one. It had appeared somewhat strange to me, but when I found nothing via Google, I answered it...

Best regards,
Manuela
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