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Translation Minds Ltd disappeared after I delivered
Thread poster: Stefano Lodola

Stefano Lodola  Identity Verified
South Korea
Local time: 22:53
Korean to Italian
+ ...
Mar 5

The following outsourcer has broken our agreement and disappeared after I delivered on time.


1) Outsourcer's name, contact persons, postal address, ALL e-mail addresses, website (if any).

David Stewart
Translation Project Manager
david.stewart@translationminds.com
Translation Minds Ltd
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The following outsourcer has broken our agreement and disappeared after I delivered on time.


1) Outsourcer's name, contact persons, postal address, ALL e-mail addresses, website (if any).

David Stewart
Translation Project Manager
david.stewart@translationminds.com
Translation Minds Ltd
https://www.translationminds.com/

Tel.: +44 20 3239 1400

Email: info@translationminds.com



2) Job number

N/A

3) Did you meet the deadline?

Yes

4) Did the outsourcer complain about the quality of your work?

No

5) Was payment delayed or not received at all?

Not received at all

6) What did the agency answer to your inquiries about payment?

No answer

7) Would you work for this outsourcer again?

No

8) Other comments (if any).

Below you find our correspondence

Thank you!

Stefano Lodola


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From: Gifted Translations
Date: ср, 27 февр. 2019 г. в 12:09
Subject: Re: Re[5]: Korean to Italian Proofreading
To: David Stewart


It's been one month since I delivered.
Please pay before Friday 2/29 and send me the receipt or I'll denounce you online.

Stefano


вс, 24 февр. 2019 г. в 23:15, Gifted Translations :
What happened?

Stefano

пт, 25 янв. 2019 г. в 16:10, David Stewart :
Hi Stefano,

we've sent your comments and edits to the client and look forward to the final approval.

We'll keep you in a loop on the updates.

Thanks a lot for your support

Kind wishes,
David

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:18 PM +02:00 from David Stewart :


Hi Stefano,

please do a proofread work, and please try to check out if anything is wrong. We'll pay you USD 250 for this. Just try to do an accurate work please! Another linguist let us down and client might be frustrated with this.

Please confirm

Best,
David

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 11:02 AM +02:00 from Gifted Translations :

15:22
I've just seen your email. That's not proofreading but editing.
15:37
I'll give priority to those issues anyway
16:07
I addressed those issues
virtually every sentence I checked from the source is different from the target
This is not the job I took. I can use the time I intended to spend proofreading correcting the text, but I won't be able to cover everything.
16:59
most sentences are inaccurate and some are just wrong
I take no responsibility for any error that is left
and I will not offer additional editing after delivery
please confirm that you accept or I will not deliver

Stefano

2019年1月23日(水) 14:39 David Stewart :
Dear Stefano,

thank you for accepting the task. Please proceed with the project and take into consideration the client's comments below.

il cliente inizia a segnare ulteriori errori ora chiede di verificare queste frasi: non avete qualcuno di italiano che possa sistemare l'intero lavoro ?
fammi sapere perché è molto importante e urgente
- Pag. 1: Macchina per la produzione della sigillatrice per i contenitori – Non è forse meglio semplicemente “Sigillatrice per contenitori” ?

- Pag. 3: Contratto e design dettagliato: un mese dopo il contratto ( Non ha molto senso…)

- Pag. 3: Il macchinario arriverà presso CJ factory entro il 28 Febbraio 2019 (Arriverà nel senso che deve essere consegnato entro….??)

- Pag. 3 : Consegnare As-built data e design data per il disegno finale nei tempi stabiliti (Non si capisce….)

- Pag. 3: Nel “numero” (che pensiamo si intenda “quantità”) viene aggiunto AU – cosa indica ??

Preghiamo raccomandare il traduttore ad una verifica della traduzione.

As agree, we can offer you 200 USD for this task. Please deliver tomorrow morning (24 January, your time).

Please confirm on receipt of this email. Thanks!

Kind regards,
David.




Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:42 PM +02:00 from David Stewart :

Hi Stefano,

please see the source file attached.

Please confirm

Thanks
David


Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:14 PM +02:00 from David Stewart :

Dear Stefano,

we have a Korean to Italian Proofreading Project. Please see the details below:

Service - Korean ----> Italian
Field - Legal/Technical
Words Count - 4934
Rate - USD 0.025 per word
Total amount - USD 123.35
Delivery - January 24, 2019, 10 AM CET

Please confirm your availibility as soon as it is possible.

Thanks a lot

Kind wishes,
David


Kind wishes,

David Stewart
Translation Project Manager
david.stewart@translationminds.com
Translation Minds Ltd
https://www.translationminds.com/

Tel.: +44 20 3239 1400

Email: info@translationminds.com




Kind wishes,

David Stewart
Translation Project Manager
david.stewart@translationminds.com
Translation Minds Ltd
https://www.translationminds.com/

Tel.: +44 20 3239 1400

Email: info@translationminds.com





Kind wishes,

David Stewart
Translation Project Manager
david.stewart@translationminds.com
Translation Minds Ltd
https://www.translationminds.com/

Tel.: +44 20 3239 1400

Email: info@translationminds.com





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Stefano Lodola (MEng, MBA)
Gifted Translations

Marketing, business and technical translations from Japanese, Korean and Chinese into Italian

+ Member of Mensa, Japan Association of Translators (JAT), Japan Translation Federation (JTF)

> > http://www.giftedtranslations.com/

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Kind wishes,

David Stewart
Translation Project Manager
david.stewart@translationminds.com
Translation Minds Ltd
https://www.translationminds.com/

Tel.: +44 20 3239 1400

Email: info@translationminds.com





Kind wishes,

David Stewart
Translation Project Manager
david.stewart@translationminds.com
Translation Minds Ltd
https://www.translationminds.com/

Tel.: +44 20 3239 1400

Email: info@translationminds.com





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Stefano Lodola (MEng, MBA)
Gifted Translations

Marketing, business and technical translations from Japanese, Korean and Chinese into Italian

+ Member of Mensa, Japan Association of Translators (JAT), Japan Translation Federation (JTF)

> > http://www.giftedtranslations.com/

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Zuzana Lamperova
 

Paweł Hamerski
Local time: 16:23
English to Polish
+ ...
What did you know about the customer? Mar 5

I see no contact details and no sure way to reach the customer -no address, no nothing. So no grounds to do business.

Stefano Lodola
Oskar Matzke
Tom in London
Pournima Chavan
 

Irene S.  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:23
Member (2003)
English to Romanian
+ ...
Try the following Mar 6

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/anna-hesterberg-961351172

Apparently, this lady works/has worked for Translation Minds, maybe you could contact her and see if she is able to help you.

The phone number seems to belong to another company, check here: ... See more
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/anna-hesterberg-961351172

Apparently, this lady works/has worked for Translation Minds, maybe you could contact her and see if she is able to help you.

The phone number seems to belong to another company, check here: https://register.fca.org.uk/ShPo_firmdetailsPage?id=001b000000NMb7lAAD

I am really sorry for you and I hope you sort it out as soon as possible. Good luck!
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Stefano Lodola
 

Stefano Lodola  Identity Verified
South Korea
Local time: 22:53
Korean to Italian
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
I'll be more careful... Mar 9

In 6 years of translations, this is my first time. So far, there's never been the need to do that basic check. I'll be more careful for now on... thank you.

By the way, I can't access http://www.translator-scammers.com/
Is it working?


 

PoliLingua.com
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:23
Member (2012)
English to Russian
Fake identities and company Mar 11

There is no such company in UK and they operate under fake identities. There is no individual called Anna Hesterberg in the translation services business. Be aware of these scammers.

 

Laura Hargreaves  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:23
French
+ ...
Same Contact, Same Issue Mar 20

Just to let you know I'm having the same issue with this company! This isn't the first time I've worked for them, they paid without issue last time (even slightly early), but it was a smaller invoice... Don't suppose you had any joy with them?

 

Chris Hall
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:23
French to English
+ ...
http://www.translator-scammers.com/translator-scammers-notes.htm Apr 11

Following my fruitless and futile email communication with Mr David Stewart earlier today with regard to a FR>EN translation, out of sheer curiosity I just tried ringing his company's phone number as stated on his email correspondence:

David Stewart
Translation Project Manager
david.stewart@translationminds.com
Translation Minds Ltd
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Following my fruitless and futile email communication with Mr David Stewart earlier today with regard to a FR>EN translation, out of sheer curiosity I just tried ringing his company's phone number as stated on his email correspondence:

David Stewart
Translation Project Manager
david.stewart@translationminds.com
Translation Minds Ltd
https://www.translationminds.com/
Tel.: +44 20 3239 1400
Email: info@translationminds.com

It rings for a short time before the call is disconnected.

Always do your research, fellow translation comrades!!!! Always remember the 5 Ps: Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

[Edited at 2019-04-11 14:57 GMT]
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Daryo
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:23
Serbian to English
+ ...
In the text you worked on Apr 12

there should be some clues as to who is the final client.

From what you said so far there was a real final client who really needed the work done, the scam was in avoiding paying you, not in siphoning your personal data or some scam of the "advanced (over)payment" variety.

Considering the behaviour of this agency, you have all the rights to contact the final client, and request of them to either pay you to have to copyright released or it they claim they have already p
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there should be some clues as to who is the final client.

From what you said so far there was a real final client who really needed the work done, the scam was in avoiding paying you, not in siphoning your personal data or some scam of the "advanced (over)payment" variety.

Considering the behaviour of this agency, you have all the rights to contact the final client, and request of them to either pay you to have to copyright released or it they claim they have already paid, to request the full identity of the business that got paid for your work.

All that assuming that you can prove that you have done the work ... Which links to the silly idea that you should erase all traces of the work done as soon as you deliver - yeah, sure -if you want to contribute to creating a scammer's paradise, leaving you wide open to all sort of abusive "low quality" claims, or even plain simple non-payment.
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Richard Levy  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:23
Member (2006)
French to English
+ ...
Translation Minds Ltd. - My first and last experience Apr 26

Good afternoon/evening to my fellow translators,

I had my first encounter with David Stewart this morning for a Portuguese > English document translation. He claimed that were approximately 4200 words for which he was offering to pay me considerably below regular US per word rate. We finally agreed on a somewhat higher rate and I sent him my provisional acceptance at that rate. I then proceeded to convert it and noticed that were actually 6298 words - almost 50% more than was stated
... See more
Good afternoon/evening to my fellow translators,

I had my first encounter with David Stewart this morning for a Portuguese > English document translation. He claimed that were approximately 4200 words for which he was offering to pay me considerably below regular US per word rate. We finally agreed on a somewhat higher rate and I sent him my provisional acceptance at that rate. I then proceeded to convert it and noticed that were actually 6298 words - almost 50% more than was stated in his email.

I then attempted to call him in London-- to no avail...he did not pick up. I then wrote back to him to let him know about this major discrepancy and then called him back again. This time he did pick up. I told him that this this was totally unacceptable and I was turning down the project.

Although I did not find the firm in Blue Board, however, I did find the following on Google (link below).

After almost 13 years in the field I'm still encountering more and more scammers. Fellow translators...be ware of people who cannot or do not want to do an 'honest' day's work or for that matter pay legitimate translators what we deserve!

Have a great weekend!

Best regards,

Richie Levy
Brooklyn, N.Y.

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=txrDXP_qK8WK5wLI8Z_4CQ&q=Translation%20Minds%20Ltd&btnK=Google%20Search&oq=Translation%20Minds%20Ltd&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0.1679.1679..3236...0.0..0.85.150.2......0....2j1..gws-wiz.....0.32ySiwe9UaI
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Neil Stewart
George Szenderowicz
 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 16:23
Member (2002)
English to Russian
+ ...

MODERATOR
BB Apr 26

Richard Levy wrote:

Although I did not find the firm in Blue Board...


Please look once again - for the name written as a single word.


 

Neil Stewart  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:23
Member (2006)
Portuguese to English
FYI Richie, Translation Minds tried to pass this project on to me. Apr 27

Richard Levy wrote:

Good afternoon/evening to my fellow translators,

I had my first encounter with David Stewart this morning for a Portuguese > English document translation. He claimed that were approximately 4200 words for which he was offering to pay me considerably below regular US per word rate. We finally agreed on a somewhat higher rate and I sent him my provisional acceptance at that rate. I then proceeded to convert it and noticed that were actually 6298 words - almost 50% more than was stated in his email.

I then attempted to call him in London-- to no avail...he did not pick up. I then wrote back to him to let him know about this major discrepancy and then called him back again. This time he did pick up. I told him that this this was totally unacceptable and I was turning down the project.

Although I did not find the firm in Blue Board, however, I did find the following on Google (link below).

After almost 13 years in the field I'm still encountering more and more scammers. Fellow translators...be ware of people who cannot or do not want to do an 'honest' day's work or for that matter pay legitimate translators what we deserve!

Have a great weekend!

Best regards,

Richie Levy
Brooklyn, N.Y.

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=txrDXP_qK8WK5wLI8Z_4CQ&q=Translation%20Minds%20Ltd&btnK=Google%20Search&oq=Translation%20Minds%20Ltd&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0.1679.1679..3236...0.0..0.85.150.2......0....2j1..gws-wiz.....0.32ySiwe9UaI


 

Chris Hall
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:23
French to English
+ ...
https://www.proz.com/blueboard/51691 May 2

I suggest that anyone, who has not been paid by this "agency", ought to make a WWA entry at the link stated in the title. Luckily, I was fortunate enough only to waste an hour or so of my time and not lose out on any money.

GARIAS
 

ThompsonText  Identity Verified

Local time: 15:23
French to English
+ ...
Companies House info, job request in junk mail May 8

The Companies House website lists a
TRANSLATION MINDS CONSULTING LIMITED
Company number 11880327
at: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/11880327
naming a BELAN, Dmitri as the "person with significant control"
The company was only registered in March 2019.

I just had a job request from a David Stewart at translationminds.com, in my jun
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The Companies House website lists a
TRANSLATION MINDS CONSULTING LIMITED
Company number 11880327
at: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/11880327
naming a BELAN, Dmitri as the "person with significant control"
The company was only registered in March 2019.

I just had a job request from a David Stewart at translationminds.com, in my junk mail folder, BCC'd to many translators, which is what brought me here.
The email:

Dear colleagues!
We have a new project with the details below:
Service - French----> English
Field - Technical
Words count - 3,924 words (discounting repetitions)
Total amount - USD 200 (delivery on rolling basis)
Delivery - May 9, 1 PM CEST
Payment terms: 30 days after invoicing via PayPal or Wire Transfer
I have sent this to multiple translators so the first to accept will get the job. If I do not reply this means I have already assigned the project to someone else. Please let me know as soon as possible!


Make of that what you will. I've not replied.

Chris.
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Marjolein Tamis  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 16:23
Member (2013)
English to Dutch
Got a request from david as well May 10

Today this guy tried to send me a small task with a very low rate.


From: David Stewart

Dear Marjolein,

hope you are well. We have a project into Dutch in general field and we would like to check your availability. Please see the project details below.

Service - English ----> Dutch (Translation)
Words count - 66 words 
Total amount - USD 7
Delivery - 11 May 2019, 2 PM CEST
Payment terms: 30 days after invoi
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Today this guy tried to send me a small task with a very low rate.


From: David Stewart

Dear Marjolein,

hope you are well. We have a project into Dutch in general field and we would like to check your availability. Please see the project details below.

Service - English ----> Dutch (Translation)
Words count - 66 words 
Total amount - USD 7
Delivery - 11 May 2019, 2 PM CEST
Payment terms: 30 days after invoicing via PayPal or Wire Transfer
Remark: the task will be assign in memoQ 

Please note: as the quality is our utmost priority please confirm you are familiar with the topic and will be able to deliver impeccable quality by this deadline.  

Please let us know as soon as possible if you can take on this task. Thank you!

Best wishes, 
David

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Kind wishes,
David Stewart 
Translation Project Manager
david.stewart@translationminds.com
Translation Minds Ltd
https://www.translationminds.com/

Tel.: +44 20 3239 1400

Email: info@translationminds.com 


What stands out to me, is that he comes across as if we've been working together for years. I'd never heard of him until now. I'm glad I looked here first, so I can just move the message to my junk folder.

Just posting this here so other translators can beware, he's still out there.

[Edited at 2019-05-10 15:28 GMT]
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Hameran Harun  Identity Verified
Malaysia
Local time: 22:23
Member
English to Malay
+ ...
Expensive lesson learnt for myself: Do the homework before bluntly accepting the job May 21

I completed doing the 44000 words with this guy last Apr 9. Payment supposed to be May 9, but he delayed till last week. He made a promise himself.

I didn't know about this scam or whatever, as I didn't suspect anything at the beginning. Only after I didn't receive payment as promised, then I started to google about him, and BINGO!

I even gave him one link telling about someone complaining about him; See more
I completed doing the 44000 words with this guy last Apr 9. Payment supposed to be May 9, but he delayed till last week. He made a promise himself.

I didn't know about this scam or whatever, as I didn't suspect anything at the beginning. Only after I didn't receive payment as promised, then I started to google about him, and BINGO!

I even gave him one link telling about someone complaining about him; https://www.translationdirectory.com/forum/messages/?7750

and I started getting nervous that he also did the same for me. I did not provide the Proz link. He just rubbished the claim, clarifying only one idiot having non-stop argument about this and that. He emphasized that payment will be made last week but he didn't.

After I sent several emails, and threatened him that I will tell the world then he replied saying my bank information is incomplete and I just rubbished his claim, telling I am giving the same info for the past 18 years and I have no problem receiving the payment from any countries.

To be continued. The drama still on going.

Can anyone help as the amount is big, USD2,650.
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