Possible translation project scam offered by text message.
Thread poster: yugoslavia

yugoslavia
United States
Local time: 16:57
English to Spanish
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Jun 3

Dear representatives from Proz.com,

I’m writing to you because I received a text message several days ago offering me a Spanish translation project in my cellular phone. I tried to call the phone number mentioned in the text message but every time, I call this number,I’m getting an answer machine. I left around three voice messages but nobody has called me back. It’s very strange that every time,I call them, I’m getting an answer machine.

I’m suspecting that t
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Dear representatives from Proz.com,

I’m writing to you because I received a text message several days ago offering me a Spanish translation project in my cellular phone. I tried to call the phone number mentioned in the text message but every time, I call this number,I’m getting an answer machine. I left around three voice messages but nobody has called me back. It’s very strange that every time,I call them, I’m getting an answer machine.

I’m suspecting that this text message could be a scam. The phone number is from the state of Massachusetts. I will be glad to copy and paste the copy of that phone text message for you. I want to verify if that text message is legitimate or if someone is trying to do a scam to me.

Thanks for your help and cooperation, Spanish native speakers, feel free to write to me in Spanish.
Best regards,
Yugoslavia
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Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 22:57
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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MODERATOR
Your cell phone number is not listed at your ProZ.com profile page Jun 3

What makes you think that the sender has found it at this website?

Thayenga
Teresa Borges
 

yugoslavia
United States
Local time: 16:57
English to Spanish
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TOPIC STARTER
I don't have my cellular phone number listed because of unsolicited requests. Jun 4

Hi Mrs. Natalie,
I hope you are doing well. I'm not saying that the person who offered me the project contacted me through Proz.com. I don't know how he or she got my phone number.
I got a text message on my cellular but the person doesn't even mention his or her name in that text message.

It's s very strange.
Yugoslavia


 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 22:57
Member (2002)
English to Russian
+ ...

MODERATOR
But... Jun 4

yugoslavia wrote:
I'm not saying that the person who offered me the project contacted me through Proz.com. I don't know how he or she got my phone number.


... you are writing
"Dear representatives from Proz.com,
I’m writing to you because I received a text message several days ago..."

which suggests that the message came through the site. In case it is not so, there is virtually nothing that representatives from Proz.com could do for you. You should block the number in your telephone.


 

Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
Local time: 16:57
Romanian to English
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Having fun with a scammer Jun 5

Just had this text-message exchange with a scammer:

VZW Wi-Fi 10:15 AM 90%

(530) 316-4375

Hello and how are you doing today? I need a document translated from English to ROMANIAN.
Kindly get back if available.
Thanks
Where did you get my number?

I'm an outsourcer and I found your contact on translators' cafe
Thanks for getting back. Kindly email me at ...
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Just had this text-message exchange with a scammer:

VZW Wi-Fi 10:15 AM 90%

(530) 316-4375

Hello and how are you doing today? I need a document translated from English to ROMANIAN.
Kindly get back if available.
Thanks
Where did you get my number?

I'm an outsourcer and I found your contact on translators' cafe
Thanks for getting back. Kindly email me at alanblackwel1007@gmail.com so I send you the document and you check the word count and get back to me with

What kind of a document?

kindly email me or send me your email so as to proceed

Where are you located?
united states
Really? I thought Bangladesh.

ok
California? Your number is registered in CA.
take care

Nice try.
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yugoslavia
United States
Local time: 16:57
English to Spanish
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks Mr. Lee. Jun 5

Hi Mr. Lee,

I hope you are well.

Thanks for your message. I tried to call the phone number in The State of Massachusetts but he never replied to my voice message.

Let me copy and paste the message that he sent me to my cellular phone offering me that translation project. Did he mention your name in that phone text message?

Please let me know.
Thanks.
Yugoslavia


Liviu-Lee Roth
 

Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
Local time: 16:57
Romanian to English
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Dear Yugoslavia, Jun 8

Actually I spent five months in Yugoslavia after I escaped from Romania 33 years ago.

The phone number is irrelevant because nowadays the scammers use robot dialing and they can dial under any available phone number without being a legit subscriber. Therefore, no need to dial back. Just "block" this caller on your cell (hit "recent", then "info" under this number, scroll down to "block caller" and confirm blocking). This is all you can do. The scammers play the numbers. If they get
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Actually I spent five months in Yugoslavia after I escaped from Romania 33 years ago.

The phone number is irrelevant because nowadays the scammers use robot dialing and they can dial under any available phone number without being a legit subscriber. Therefore, no need to dial back. Just "block" this caller on your cell (hit "recent", then "info" under this number, scroll down to "block caller" and confirm blocking). This is all you can do. The scammers play the numbers. If they get 5-10 gullible people out of 300,000 phone calls, they walk out with $10-20,000.

Stay safe,
Lee
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