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Matthias Staudt  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:27
Spanish to German
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I received a suspicious email (scam) Jan 23, 2013

Hello all,
thanks for opening this helpful topic.
I received an email that appears to be a variation of a scam that has been already described. Beware!
Kind regards,
Matthias

The text is as follows:
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Dear Matthias
as apart of my work , I am doing my best to find translators

who are qualified enough to be with me in my work , so
after
I have read your CV , and found it so interesting . I see it
will <
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Hello all,
thanks for opening this helpful topic.
I received an email that appears to be a variation of a scam that has been already described. Beware!
Kind regards,
Matthias

The text is as follows:
-----
Dear Matthias
as apart of my work , I am doing my best to find translators

who are qualified enough to be with me in my work , so
after
I have read your CV , and found it so interesting . I see it
will
be more than Great to work with a translator as skilled as

you
so do please send me your CV and your cover letter to my e-
mail address
Friend.of.translation@gmail.com
to be with me in the upcoming work

Kind regards
Project Manger
Jasmine


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Member (2003)
French to Italian
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I received another one Jan 23, 2013

Subject: Italian

body of email:


Hello,

I'm Scott,Can you translate the attached document to Italian and can it be delivered before 10th of Feb,2013?

Reply asap with your rate and charges.

Scott
9548376593

I will not reply to him, just wanted to inform


 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 14:27
Member (2002)
English to Russian
+ ...

MODERATOR
Hi everybody Jan 23, 2013

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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Member (2003)
French to Italian
+ ...
Thanks Natalie Jan 23, 2013

Mine was not via Proz.com, in case I will send a ST promptly

Thanks a lot for your always appreciated help

Kindest regards!


 

Diana Lavarini
Italy
Local time: 14:27
English to Italian
+ ...
same as Angie Jan 23, 2013

Hi, I also received the same message. He sent me a Word doc titled "Egypt in Transition". I wonder why they do this and especially why don't they learn to write better emails?

I must say that I received a similar message last month... well, it turned out to be a real client and a good one too. I guess some people are too busy to write a proper email, or they don't think that there is another person in flesh and blood on the other side, and not a quote machine.


 

Gabriele Jabouri  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:27
German to English
+ ...
Translation of "Egypt in Transition" document Jan 23, 2013

Body of Email:

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Hello,

I'm Scott,Can you translate the attached document to GERMAN and can it be delivered before 10th of Feb,2013?

Reply asap with your rate and charges.

Scott
9548376593
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The dearth of information on "Scott's" part made me suspicious immediately. He had a gmail address.


 

Diana Lavarini
Italy
Local time: 14:27
English to Italian
+ ...
Scott's reply Jan 23, 2013

I wanted to know more about this so I sent "Scott" my rates. Here is his reply:

Am very much happy to read back from you and okay with the charges for the pages in which am sure it will be well prepared,easy and well understood by the reader.

Kindly get back to me with information below:

1: Your Full Name to be on the payment
2: Your Address and zip code
3: Your cell phone number

So i can instruct my secretary to issue out the f
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I wanted to know more about this so I sent "Scott" my rates. Here is his reply:

Am very much happy to read back from you and okay with the charges for the pages in which am sure it will be well prepared,easy and well understood by the reader.

Kindly get back to me with information below:

1: Your Full Name to be on the payment
2: Your Address and zip code
3: Your cell phone number

So i can instruct my secretary to issue out the full payment as soon as possible for the service.Do note that you will not release the translation to me not until have the payment with you.


I will need your immediate response via email assuring me that i can trust you to handle this with care

Best Regard
Scott


I will ask for advanced payment by wire transfer, that usually chases scammers away.
Still I wonder what it is that they want. Maybe send translators a bad check with a larger payment and then ask for a refund?
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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Member (2003)
French to Italian
+ ...
sure overpayment Jan 23, 2013

Diana Lavarini wrote:

I wanted to know more about this so I sent "Scott" my rates. Here is his reply:

Am very much happy to read back from you and okay with the charges for the pages in which am sure it will be well prepared,easy and well understood by the reader.

Kindly get back to me with information below:

1: Your Full Name to be on the payment
2: Your Address and zip code
3: Your cell phone number

So i can instruct my secretary to issue out the full payment as soon as possible for the service.Do note that you will not release the translation to me not until have the payment with you.


I will need your immediate response via email assuring me that i can trust you to handle this with care

Best Regard
Scott


I will ask for advanced payment by wire transfer, that usually chases scammers away.
Still I wonder what it is that they want. Maybe send translators a bad check with a larger payment and then ask for a refund?


There is no other reason to know your address... and zip code..., mmmm cell phone number?


 

Laerte da Silva  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 09:27
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Andrew Miller / Scott Gale Jan 25, 2013

Same scam asking for Portuguese translation. Tow requests in about 30-day time.


Standard response send in few seconds, faster than one can write it.

I wrote back asking for proof of identity, advanced payment. I'll probably never get an answer back.


Am very much happy to read back from you and okay with the charges for the pages in which am sure it will be well prepared,easy and well understood by the reader.

Kindly get back to
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Same scam asking for Portuguese translation. Tow requests in about 30-day time.


Standard response send in few seconds, faster than one can write it.

I wrote back asking for proof of identity, advanced payment. I'll probably never get an answer back.


Am very much happy to read back from you and okay with the charges for the pages in which am sure it will be well prepared,easy and well understood by the reader.

Kindly get back to me with information below:

1: Your Full Name to be on the payment
2: Your Address and zip code
3: Your cell phone number

So i can instruct my secretary to issue out the full payment as soon as possible for the service.Do note that you will not release the translation to me not until have the payment with you.


I will need your immediate response via email assuring me that i can trust you to handle this with care

Best Regard
Scott
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Laerte da Silva  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 09:27
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Interpol Report Webpage Jan 25, 2013

It may not solve it, but doing nothing at all will certainly not.


http://www.interpol.int/Forms/Report_a_crime


Laerte J Silva


 

Laerte da Silva  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 09:27
English to Portuguese
+ ...
FBI Report webpage Jan 25, 2013

http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx


Laerte J Silva


 

Laerte da Silva  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 09:27
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Spam Reporting in Gmail Jan 25, 2013

Have you reported spam in Gmail?



Laerte J Silva


 
Email Spam Gate Scott Jan 25, 2013

I received a similar email. This is message header.

From Gate Scott Fri Jan 25 03:02:26 2013
X-Apparently-To: via 98.138.82.86; Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:02:34 -0800
Return-Path:
Received-SPF: pass (domain of gmail.com designates 209.85.128.175 as permitted sender)

Received: by 10.52.20.48 with SMTP id k16csp117848vde;
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:02:32 -0800 (PST)
X-Received: from mr.google.com ([10.50.34.130])
by 10.50.34.130 wit
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I received a similar email. This is message header.

From Gate Scott Fri Jan 25 03:02:26 2013
X-Apparently-To: via 98.138.82.86; Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:02:34 -0800
Return-Path:
Received-SPF: pass (domain of gmail.com designates 209.85.128.175 as permitted sender)

Received: by 10.52.20.48 with SMTP id k16csp117848vde;
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:02:32 -0800 (PST)
X-Received: from mr.google.com ([10.50.34.130])
by 10.50.34.130 with SMTP id z2mr4468304igi.90.1359111751818 (num_hops = 1);
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:02:31 -0800 (PST)
X-Received: by 10.50.34.130 with SMTP id z2mr3542281igi.90.1359111751416;
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:02:31 -0800 (PST)

Received: by 10.58.245.8 with SMTP id xk8csp115394vec;
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:02:27 -0800 (PST)
Return-Path:
Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of akinscott055@gmail.com designates 10.50.202.73 as permitted sender) client-ip=10.50.202.73
Authentication-Results: mr.google.com;
spf=pass (google.com: domain of akinscott055@gmail.com designates 10.50.202.73 as permitted sender) smtp.mail=akinscott055@gmail.com;
dkim=pass header.i=@gmail.com
X-Received: from mr.google.com ([10.50.202.73])
by 10.50.202.73 with SMTP id kg9mr4839287igc.51.1359111747410 (num_hops = 1);
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:02:27 -0800 (PST)
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed;
d=gmail.com; s=20120113;
h=mime-version:x-received:date:message-id:subject:from:to
:content-type;
bh=x7QhHprWz7KVUsgFD5hPhKJ+sfEI0ujSJKEe622h/wA=;
b=YHSCsBsnWgE+CNP/Y8XlcB9qd3GfJ8MXU2p4GncEB7A1TcxcchuyZ3PL5pdusljLz0
pdktRyZgFjrwG8woyJ5+w6X4C3tsEpXyOnmwV32p74E8CViGen4qwqa++jH5+6vOkzbm
laY6lSa3i9EoROICCuc0dIBrSWB6zaYSmMWfmvvcelPNJ78AzupWR0SYYOt9GFfht8Ur
47Cno0qybeo1mCO33Q4i2AG+BopOQyyBhApyx5Upe1lnx4RI5waVvZNib9Galp+QtOdp
B1OSVBhNZ70dMyRB7eyZYkUFZzLe3gLsPiFXPt7u8KiAB7KuFVfS7VrfcKtID1qkIdZd
RoCQ==
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Received: by 10.50.202.73 with SMTP id kg9mr3845518igc.51.1359111747103;
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:02:27 -0800 (PST)
Received: by 10.64.38.39 with HTTP; Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:02:26 -0800 (PST)
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:02:26 +0200
Message-ID:
Subject: Punjabi
From: Gate Scott
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary=f46d0447a251e56cc404d41adcba
Bcc:
Content-Length: 101398

I've reported this.

You all should too.

Thanks,
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Abraham Abukar  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:27
Member (2005)
English to Somali
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Somali Jan 28, 2013

Below is what I received from "Scott". It looks suspicious and treated as such. I never responded. The document sent was about "Egypt in Transition.doc"

Below is what the email read:

Hello,


I'm Scott,Can you translate the attached document to Somali and can it be delivered before 15th of Feb,2013?


Reply asap with your rate and charges.


Scott
9548376593


 

joyd  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:27
Member
English to Thai
+ ...
Can we really report it? Jan 30, 2013

I received an email from a Mr. Gate Scott too. Below is his message:

Hello,

I'm Scott,Can you translate the attached document to Thai and can it be delivered before 15th of Feb,2013?

Reply asap with your rate and charges.

Scott
9548376593

The attachment is entitled, "Egypt in Transition.doc." His email address is moniscottni@gmail.com.

My question is, can
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I received an email from a Mr. Gate Scott too. Below is his message:

Hello,

I'm Scott,Can you translate the attached document to Thai and can it be delivered before 15th of Feb,2013?

Reply asap with your rate and charges.

Scott
9548376593

The attachment is entitled, "Egypt in Transition.doc." His email address is moniscottni@gmail.com.

My question is, can we really report this to the FBI and INTERPOL?

The FBI page says "The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant." Since we are not the "actual victim" (no actual harm has yet occurred) or a third party, I don't think we qualify for this.

The INTERPOL page says "Report a suspected fraud and abusive use of INTERPOL's name or distinctive signs." I don't see the use of INTERPOL's name or "distinctive" signs here.

Please don't get me wrong. I really want to report these crooks. But I want to be very certain before I do it.
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