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Scam: "Facebook foreign language", Roy Nicolas
Thread poster: Thomas Pfann

Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:01
Member (2006)
English to German
+ ...
Jan 30

I received an obvious scam request last night via ProZ.com from "Roy Nicolas" a newly set up user with SecurePRO card(!). I can't imagine anyone falling for it but wanted to share in case you weren't lucky enough to receive the request.

I reported it to ProZ and the profile should be taken down soon.

Hello Translator,
I am Roy Nicolas,Facebook Foreign Language Consultant. We
are pleased to inform you that you have been chosen at random to
translate the Facebook Updated Privacy Policy content to your local
language.

The Facebook Updated Privacy Policy is an English content
document which Facebook wants to make available to every user in
every country worldwide in their respective languages.
In view of this, a random selection of translators and
interpreters was selected from different online platforms and directories
worldwide to participate in this project. You have been chosen you as
one of the translators to undertake this task. I say a congratulations
to you.

Please note that this project is not advertised on Facebook
or any social media platform. Facebook wants this translation done
discretely hence the need to choose translators at random. Secondly,
the influx of translators and interpreters needs to be strictly
controlled, advertising the project would create online chaos because of
the benefits that comes with this project. That said, I besiege
you to handle this project with utmost secrecy and discretion
until completion.

The following benefits come with the Facebook Updated
Privacy Translation Project

#1 A once off cash payment package of USD 25,000 to start
the project translation.
#2 Special Facebook Account to advertise your business
worldwide.
#3 $5,000 monthly cash disbursement to you.
#4 Facebook Marketplace Translator contract.
#5 All expenses paid trip to any holiday destination of your
choice anywhere in the world.


This is your Unique Translator Code (UTC) 0079678FBPPTP998.
This is a unique code for you alone. Please keep this code and do not
reveal it to anybody.

To keep this project under the radar, the once off payment
package of USD 25,000 is to be delivered to you by courier. This is
because you are in a different country and the fastest and easiest way
to get the payment to you is by cash. The package will be mailed
through one of the international courier companies.This process has been
out-sourced to one of our local subsidiaries in here in the United States.

They will manage the process of tagging,packaging,securing
and safe delivery of the package to your address. Please contact Mrs
Carolyn Andolini the Head, Logistics and Shipping of our subsidiary
to further arrange the delivery of the document and the once off
initial payment of USD 25,000 to your address. Carolyn can be reached by
email at carolyn.andolini@gmail.com or +1 614-664-6905.

Congratulations once again.

Roy Nicolas
Facebook


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 13:01
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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SecurePRO card Jan 30

Thomas Pfann wrote:
I received an obvious scam request last night via ProZ.com from "Roy Nicolas" a newly set up user with SecurePRO card(!).


What does the card look like?


 

Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:01
Member (2006)
English to German
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TOPIC STARTER
SecurePRO Card Jan 30

Samuel Murray wrote:

Thomas Pfann wrote:
I received an obvious scam request last night via ProZ.com from "Roy Nicolas" a newly set up user with SecurePRO card(!).


What does the card look like?


I don't quite remember (and the profile has been deleted now). I believe it was just a Facebook verification (so not much worth anyway). However, the mere presence of the 'SecurePRO Card' gimmick makes it look like the account has been verified in some way (which is not necessarily the case).


Mirko Mainardi
 

Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 13:01
Member
English to Italian
Lottery Jan 30

Thomas Pfann wrote:


...
choose translators at random.
...
#1 A once off cash payment package of USD 25,000 to start the project translation.
...
#3 $5,000 monthly cash disbursement to you.
...
#5 All expenses paid trip to any holiday destination of your choice anywhere in the world.


Wow, that's basically like winning the lottery! You sure are lucky Thomas!


Katarzyna Slowikova
Kardas Tradu
 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:01
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Too good to be true Jan 30

I wonder if Mr. Zuckerberg knows about how his money is being wasted.

Colleen Roach, PhD
 

Monika Sommerfeld  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:01
Member (2009)
English to German
I don't understand the purpose of this scam Jan 30

Hello,
I read through the email you received from "Roy Nicholas," and I agree that this is obviously a scam. I just wonder what they are getting out of it. Is it your address they are after? It seems there would be easier ways to find that out. Or will the money that will supposedly be sent to you turn out to be false, and they just want you to distribute forged money? Has anyone called the phone number mentioned in this thread?
Monika


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 12:01
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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@Monika Jan 30

For more information: http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#January_30.2C_2019:_customs_duty_payment_scam

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 12:01
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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@Thomas Jan 30

It’s a rather elaborate scam, if the amount wasn’t so “generous” we would probably fell for it...

Kardas Tradu
 

Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 13:01
Member
English to Italian
Really? Jan 30

Teresa Borges wrote:

It’s a rather elaborate scam, if the amount wasn’t so “generous” we would probably fell for it...


If it were, say, $1,000, you would accept a payment in cash sent to you via mail/courier? This, without even considering it's from abroad and by someone who says they're working for a big multinational and is using a Gmail account...


Katarzyna Slowikova
 

Slobodan Kozarčić  Identity Verified
Serbia
Local time: 13:01
Member (2016)
English to Serbian
+ ...
Got a scam warning email Jan 30

Monika Sommerfeld wrote:

Hello,
I read through the email you received from "Roy Nicholas," and I agree that this is obviously a scam. I just wonder what they are getting out of it. Is it your address they are after? It seems there would be easier ways to find that out. Or will the money that will supposedly be sent to you turn out to be false, and they just want you to distribute forged money? Has anyone called the phone number mentioned in this thread?
Monika


It's the money you are supposed to pay to the fake postal servis for releasing your money that just arrived.


Katarzyna Slowikova
Teresa Borges
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 12:01
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
@Mirko Jan 30

We have a proverb in Portuguese that goes «Quando a esmola é muita, o pobre desconfia” which literally translates as “The poor man bewares when alms are too generous”: that’s exactly what I thought and meant. Anyway, personally I would never fell for it, whatever the amount, as I don’t like Facebook and I haven’t, and will never have, an account with them.

 

Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 13:01
Member
English to Italian
Thanks Jan 30

Teresa Borges wrote:

We have a proverb in Portuguese that goes «Quando a esmola é muita, o pobre desconfia” which literally translates as “The poor man bewares when alms are too generous”: that’s exactly what I thought and meant. Anyway, personally I would never fell for it, whatever the amount, as I don’t like Facebook and I haven’t, and will never have, an account with them.


That's all well and good. I am in fact "poor", so I mercifully accept your gracious reply


 

Katarzyna Slowikova  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:01
English to Czech
+ ...
Hilarious! Jan 30

Wow, I love the prospect of a parcel with 25,000 $ in cash arriving through post! And the 5000 each month presumably also in boxes full of cash...? Tell this guy I'm in!

If the idea is to get you to pay for the "post stamp" or whatever to get it, then it follows the path of a typical "Nigerian scam". Nothing new but still funny.


Mirko Mainardi
Liviu-Lee Roth
 

Michael Newton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:01
Member (2003)
Japanese to English
+ ...
Facebook scam Jan 31

There are many red flags here. Among which are "under the radar" (let's break the law, shall we?) and use of a courier to avoid liability of mail fraud (at least in the US).

Sonia Cunha-Goldner
 

Gloria Teixeira
Brazil
Local time: 10:01
English to Portuguese
+ ...
money Feb 1

This subject was very commented on in the forums of translators. Today I also received an email requesting donation here by Proz.

 
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