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SCAM: FEA / WTACA - and a new reincarnation, Successful Translators Organization (STO) / Intlangua
Thread poster: Maria Hoskins

Charlie Bavington (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:15
French to English
Slightly O/T (!) Feb 11, 2012

Maria Hoskins wrote:

What are you doing in LC Charlie?


Seeing a mate for a cuppa, across the road from you, apparently. Lean out your window around 8 pm, and you'll probably see me filling up on cheap(ish) petrol at Sainsburys and getting some milk.

Probably scam is too strong a word but they're not bona fide clients either...

Absolutely - definitely something a bit odd going on.
Hope that means they don't try to sue me too under the international smearing in public legislation.

I know FEA was the original client but it is defo a tad odd that the only mention on the whole internet of that wcata URL is this thread, yet it's a live website, that, apart from the low rates and lack of names/addresses/location, looks like hundreds of others. Better, if anything, since it avoids those dreadful stock photos of people in business attire gawping at documents or pointing at screens
(Yup, Norton didn't bat an eyelid. I'll prob'ly wake up in the morning, though, and find my laptop has mutated into a microwave or something.)


 

Daniel Grau  Identity Verified
Argentina
English to Spanish
They are not ATA members Feb 12, 2012

Despite FEA's posting the ATA logo in their "Our services" page (which resides in a free web-hosting service), they don't appear in ATA's directory.

One job offer from a guy purporting to belong to "the third largest integrated energy company in the U.S. and the fifth largest refiner in the world" (attributes of "ConocoPhillips") and accepting only WTACA members as applicants, includes the reply-to email address "conophilips@yahoo.com."

Totally laughable, just like WTA
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Despite FEA's posting the ATA logo in their "Our services" page (which resides in a free web-hosting service), they don't appear in ATA's directory.

One job offer from a guy purporting to belong to "the third largest integrated energy company in the U.S. and the fifth largest refiner in the world" (attributes of "ConocoPhillips") and accepting only WTACA members as applicants, includes the reply-to email address "conophilips@yahoo.com."

Totally laughable, just like WTACA's glaring webpage errors.
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Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 16:15
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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MODERATOR
Hi folks Feb 12, 2012

Please refer to http://www.proz.com/blueboard/36191 where all available information about the scammer is gathered.

Natalia


 

Sílvia Martins  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 15:15
Member (2011)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Malware alert... Feb 13, 2012

Hello!
I have been sent that “standard” e-mail too, with the instruction to get a WTACA certification. As I had never heard about it before, I tried to open the link to check what it was, but my antivirus blocked it as a malware!
Also, Google doesn't recognize WTACA as any translators' accreditation entity...
I don' t know if the e-mail really comes from FEA or not, this is highly unusual, so I decided to ignore it...


 

Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 12:15
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
Investigation Feb 16, 2012

I investigated the contact address provided in the page http://www.featranslation.tk/ for a particular country, googled it and found out that it belongs to a ProZ.com member. Then I called that member and she was totally unaware that her address and phone number had been used for this purpose.

Regards,
Enrique


 

Maria Hoskins  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:15
Member (2011)
Spanish to English
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks to everyone who has contributed... Feb 16, 2012

Well this really was a nasty little kettle of fish from all sides and I'm glad I brought it ProZ's attention.

 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:15
Hebrew to English
Their Birmingham "Office" Feb 16, 2012

...is also the under the address and phone number of a Dutch-English translator (and part time DJ) who, on the face of it, has no apparent connection to FEA whatsoever.

He's not on ProZ but I've informed him anyway.


 

Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 12:15
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
Another fake contact Feb 16, 2012

The "contact data" in another country was coincident with that of a ProZ.com member. I called her and she did not know about this "agency". There is a clear pattern here.

Enrique


 

Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 12:15
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
Further and conclusive evidence Feb 27, 2012

The original FEA TRANSLATION AND LANGUAGE SOLUTIONS webpage, located at http://www.featranslation.tk/ has been turned into a "Translators Secure Area", basically a blank page with a username and login box, so the allegued agency has in practical terms vanished from the public environment.

When I try to access the WTACA web page ... See more
The original FEA TRANSLATION AND LANGUAGE SOLUTIONS webpage, located at http://www.featranslation.tk/ has been turned into a "Translators Secure Area", basically a blank page with a username and login box, so the allegued agency has in practical terms vanished from the public environment.

When I try to access the WTACA web page http://www.wtaca.eu.tc/ I get a malware alert and the page is not available (probably because my antivirus took blocks it.

I believe this particular instance can be closed. An alert on this scam and a possible new incarnation will be issued through the Translators scam alert center.

Remember that if you are a ProZ.com alert you can subscribe to these alerts (they are also visible in a dedicated wiki page).

Regards,
Enrique
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Cathy Przybylski  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:15
Member (2010)
German to French
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other message received Feb 27, 2012

As far as I am concerned, I received the following message from FEA. A few days later, I get a new contact on Skype: FEA! They also proposed me to become a FEA agent)

Here is the message I received (this publication may be useful for other translators who will make a search):


Dear,

We would like to explore the possibility of cooperation.FEA Translation and Language Solutions offers pro
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As far as I am concerned, I received the following message from FEA. A few days later, I get a new contact on Skype: FEA! They also proposed me to become a FEA agent)

Here is the message I received (this publication may be useful for other translators who will make a search):


Dear,

We would like to explore the possibility of cooperation.FEA Translation and Language Solutions offers professional Interpretation and Translation Services, we work 24 hours a day, so we always keep the project on track.

FEA Translation & Language Solutions is operating around the globe; we have a wide range of long-standing clients counting both global multi-national and small private companies, public sector, voluntary organisations and private individuals among our client base.
FEA Translation & Language Solutions gained a reputation as a trustworthy and reliable provider of translation and interpreting services to businesses and private customers alike.
FEA Translation & Language Solutions appreciate your interest in a possible business relationship with us. We value all of our business partnerships greatly.We would be grateful if you provide us with your working language pairs, fields of expertise and your prices.

We hope that you find this offering as exciting as we do; we are enthusiastically looking forward to discuss our ideas for a potential collaboration and are pleased about having the opportunity to work together.
Thank you for your prompt attention to our request .We look forward to a successful working relationship in the future.

All the best,
___________________
Team External Partners
FEA Translation & Language Solutions
Phone : + 213 557 558 230
Email : fea.translation@gmail.com
Skype : fea.translation
Web : www.featranslation.tk
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