Possible scam: organic farming translation
Thread poster: Colleen Roach, PhD

Colleen Roach, PhD  Identity Verified
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Jul 22

I just received via my email a request to see if I could translate a Spanish-English document on organic farming for a lecture. The person who contacted me was not a PROZ member and not signed on here when he contacted me. Red flag: wanted to know if I was available right away to do this -- but nothing about my rate or his rate, nor the length of the document -- but then further on said it must be done by October 27th. (???). English was quite good. If anyone receives something similar, this wo... See more
I just received via my email a request to see if I could translate a Spanish-English document on organic farming for a lecture. The person who contacted me was not a PROZ member and not signed on here when he contacted me. Red flag: wanted to know if I was available right away to do this -- but nothing about my rate or his rate, nor the length of the document -- but then further on said it must be done by October 27th. (???). English was quite good. If anyone receives something similar, this would not of course indicate in itself that this is a scam, as the person could be "legit" and is simply contacting translators who do Spanish to English, listed on PROZ. But still why wouldn't he ask about rate or give the length of the document? If anyone would like further information feel free to contact me privately.

[Edited at 2019-07-22 19:22 GMT]
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Trudy Stull
 

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Seemsl likely it's a scam --- one more Jul 22

Just googled the name of the person who contacted me along with a few other words (i.e. "scam") and this came up:

https://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=2222

Apparently --if it's the same person -- he's in a lot of "industries" and his efforts go back at least as far as 2009.


Trudy Stull
Teresa Borges
 

Liviu-Lee Roth
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My advice Jul 22

DO NOT engage the scammers.

It is not a single person. It is an industry. Names and and scamming texts are sold and bought on the dark web.

Stay safe,
Lee

[Edited at 2019-07-22 19:40 GMT]


 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Lol, pigs might fly! Jul 22

Colleen Roach, PhD wrote:
I just received via my email a request to see if I could translate a Spanish-English document on organic farming for a lecture.

If anyone receives something similar, this would not of course indicate in itself that this is a scam, as the person could be "legit" and is simply contacting translators who do Spanish to English, listed on PROZ.

It wouldn't be a lecture about organically farmed pigs producing extra income for farmers as they have wings as well as legs, would it ? It's a 100% classic case of an advance payment scam. Certainly one for this forum.


Trudy Stull
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Colleen Roach, PhD  Identity Verified
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I don't know about the pigs... Jul 22

Sheila Wilson wrote:


It wouldn't be a lecture about organically farmed pigs producing extra income for farmers as they have wings as well as legs, would it ? It's a 100% classic case of an advance payment scam. Certainly one for this forum.


No, there was no specific mention of pigs. (Nasty creatures by the way. I recently met someone who owned a pig-farm. A friend of hers, a petite woman who also owned a pig farm --or whatever they are called -- slipped and fell among "her" pigs. She was eaten Not a myth.)

Anyway, the amazing thing about this guy who sent me the organic farming scam is that when I checked the URL above, he's actually been at "it" since 2007! (Maybe before that...) Sounds like he has a very diverse portfolio of scams...

I don't know how he got my email (re: the other comment below about another scam). When I got the email, it said he was not logged onto PROZ when he wrote it, and is not a PROZ member. So, there's obviously a way to do it, i.e. get translators' private email addresses.


 

Trudy Stull  Identity Verified
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I got two versions of the exact same email, just with different due dates. Jul 22

I received the original email on the 17th of July from someone calling himself Henry Baker, asking if I could take an organic farming project (58 pages, a little over 20,000 words). He hasn't requested any account numbers and simply asked for my mailing info to send out a cashier's check. Today, I got the exact same email (word for word, but the due date was changed and the sender called themselves Frank Roberts). There is no way this isn't a scam. I reported the issue as abuse/a scam just a lit... See more
I received the original email on the 17th of July from someone calling himself Henry Baker, asking if I could take an organic farming project (58 pages, a little over 20,000 words). He hasn't requested any account numbers and simply asked for my mailing info to send out a cashier's check. Today, I got the exact same email (word for word, but the due date was changed and the sender called themselves Frank Roberts). There is no way this isn't a scam. I reported the issue as abuse/a scam just a little while ago.Collapse


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Colleen Roach, PhD  Identity Verified
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if it looks like a duck... Jul 23

Trudy Stull wrote:

I received the original email on the 17th of July from someone calling himself Henry Baker, asking if I could take an organic farming project (58 pages, a little over 20,000 words). He hasn't requested any account numbers and simply asked for my mailing info to send out a cashier's check. Today, I got the exact same email (word for word, but the due date was changed and the sender called themselves Frank Roberts). There is no way this isn't a scam. I reported the issue as abuse/a scam just a little while ago.



As the saying goes (in a modified version...), if it looks like a scam, swims like a scam and quacks like a scam, then it probably is a scam....

Good for you, Trudy, for reporting this. Sounds like we're both targets because of doing Spanish translations.


Teresa Borges
Trudy Stull
 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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A ProZ message? Jul 23

Colleen Roach, PhD wrote:
I don't know how he got my email (re: the other comment below about another scam). When I got the email, it said he was not logged onto PROZ when he wrote it, and is not a PROZ member. So, there's obviously a way to do it, i.e. get translators' private email addresses.

But that sounds as though it was an email sent through the ProZ.com website, using the email address you supplied to the site. There's a button at the top of your profile to allow visitors to send you an email. You can change your settings to accept any email, or restrict it to logged-on users, or not receive anything (apart from official emails from staff, of course). If that's how it arrrived, the sender doesn't know your email address - yet! You have theirs but the only way they can get yours is if you reply. Follow Liviu-Lee's advice - don't feed them.


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