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Scam warning - gmail message from Alex Moros Pedro, probably cheque trick
Thread poster: Edith van der Have-Raats

Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 16:52
Member (2016)
English to Dutch
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Jun 18

Just received a mass mail from Alex Moros Pedro (gmail address), signing with Alexander Dobrovinsky and asking for a quote. Looks like a scam and I assume many more people of several languages combinations have received this. Probably you will be offered advance payment by cheque if you reply. DO NOT ACCEPT ADVANCE PAYMENT BY CHEQUE FROM UNKNOWN CLIENTS, EVER. They will claim they have paid too much, asking you to refund the excess amount by e.g. wire transfer, and then later on the cheque is no... See more
Just received a mass mail from Alex Moros Pedro (gmail address), signing with Alexander Dobrovinsky and asking for a quote. Looks like a scam and I assume many more people of several languages combinations have received this. Probably you will be offered advance payment by cheque if you reply. DO NOT ACCEPT ADVANCE PAYMENT BY CHEQUE FROM UNKNOWN CLIENTS, EVER. They will claim they have paid too much, asking you to refund the excess amount by e.g. wire transfer, and then later on the cheque is not valid and you lose money.

[Edited at 2019-06-18 08:32 GMT]

[Edited at 2019-06-18 08:48 GMT]
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Liviu-Lee Roth
 

Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:52
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Spanish to Dutch
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Received it too Jun 18

Edith van der Have-Raats wrote:

Just received a mass mail from Alex Moros Pedro (gmail address), signing with Alexander Dobrovinsky and asking for a quote. Looks like a scam and I assume many more people of several languages combinations have received this. Probably you will be offered advance payment by cheque if you reply. DO NOT ACCEPT ADVANCE PAYMENT BY CHEQUE FROM UNKNOWN CLIENTS, EVER. They will claim they have paid too much, asking you to refund the excess amount by e.g. wire transfer, and then later on the cheque is not valid and you loose money.

[Edited at 2019-06-18 08:32 GMT]


First for English - German and then for English - Dutch. He claims it is a private job. Can't find any proper information about the guy (job looks interesting though).


 

Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 16:52
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I haven't even opened the attachments Jun 18

Robert Rietvelt wrote:

(job looks interesting though).

Forget about that. Of course they make the job look interesting. Fishermen make their bait look interesting too; otherwise, they'd not catch anything.

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Susanne Bittner
Jessica Noyes
Mandy de Zwijger
Teresa Borges
Robert Rietvelt
Morano El-Kholy
 

Jane Green
Dutch to English
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Request from Alexander Dobrovinsky Jun 18

Same here. First he want a translation in German. Ans the straightaway another email saying it should be Dutch. His email address is also different to his name.

 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:52
Member (2012)
French to English
Question Jun 18

Edith van der Have-Raats wrote:

Just received a mass mail from Alex Moros Pedro (gmail address), signing with Alexander Dobrovinsky and asking for a quote. Looks like a scam and I assume many more people of several languages combinations have received this. Probably you will be offered advance payment by cheque if you reply. DO NOT ACCEPT ADVANCE PAYMENT BY CHEQUE FROM UNKNOWN CLIENTS, EVER. They will claim they have paid too much, asking you to refund the excess amount by e.g. wire transfer, and then later on the cheque is not valid and you lose money.

[Edited at 2019-06-18 08:32 GMT]

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This has never happened to me, but I've always wondered: isn't it possible just to return the cheque to them instead of refunding by wire transfer?


 

Easy Translatio
Netherlands
Local time: 16:52
Dutch to English
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Also received this mail Jun 18

Yeah... I also got both mails... deleting them!

 

Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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It is ... Jun 18

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

This has never happened to me, but I've always wondered: isn't it possible just to return the cheque to them instead of refunding by wire transfer?

It is, but of course they will only ask a refund for part of the cheque payment. Of course you could return a false cheque for that amount

[Edited at 2019-06-18 09:17 GMT]


Trudy Stull
 

Camila bryant
United States
Thanks Jun 18

Thank you! I have never received any kind of these emails yet, but it will surely help me and another fellow translators.

 

Elena Ruiz

Local time: 16:52
Dutch to Spanish
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Mee too, Dutch and German Jun 18

Hi!
I've got it too. I've searched the address on Google Maps and it is certainly a particular. Just a small street, maybe picked up randomly...
I've also called him. He didn't speak Spanish (his name could suggest he is Spanish) and his English accent and lethargy on his speach were more than suspicious. He didn't want the translation for any clear purpose, not for publication or broadcasting. He let me do the talk and at any moment he explained, aks or comment anything.

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Hi!
I've got it too. I've searched the address on Google Maps and it is certainly a particular. Just a small street, maybe picked up randomly...
I've also called him. He didn't speak Spanish (his name could suggest he is Spanish) and his English accent and lethargy on his speach were more than suspicious. He didn't want the translation for any clear purpose, not for publication or broadcasting. He let me do the talk and at any moment he explained, aks or comment anything.

I pass.
(The text looks (and must look) very interesting indeed!)


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Maria Boots
Netherlands
Local time: 16:52
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German to Dutch
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Opened, googled, deleted! :) Jun 18

Thanks Edith, for keeping everyone alert on those kind of e-mails.
I did read these mails, then googled 'him', deleted them right away


Thayenga
 

Nicole Coesel  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 16:52
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Dutch to English
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https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-dragons-triangle.htm Jun 18

The entire text literally comes from the internet

I didn't google him, I googled the text as there was something fishy about it (no pun intended).

So don't fall for it, interesting or not.



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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:52
German to English
No legitimate return address Jun 18

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

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This has never happened to me, but I've always wondered: isn't it possible just to return the cheque to them instead of refunding by wire transfer?


You're presuming that the scammer has provided a legitimate return address, which is unlikely.


 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:52
Member (2012)
French to English
Exactly Jun 18

Kevin Fulton wrote:

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

[snip]

This has never happened to me, but I've always wondered: isn't it possible just to return the cheque to them instead of refunding by wire transfer?


You're presuming that the scammer has provided a legitimate return address, which is unlikely.


If you send the cheque to the address they provided, it's not your problem if the address doesn't exist.


 

Carla Zijlemaker  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:52
English to Dutch
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Me too Jun 21

I received these emails too and didn't know what to think of it. Now I do. Thanks!

 

sabssmith
United States
I got this too! Jul 3

I got this same message - I asked if he was recommended to me by another client, and if so who it was.
I also quoted a ridiculous amount of money - I giggled as I wrote the email.
(No one in their right mind would agree to the amount).
Let's see what happens.


 
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