Risk management: Email

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The use of free email services

  • When you receive a job offer from a company you never worked for sent by the alleged project manager (or equivalent) from a free email address (such as name@gmail.com ) you should consider this as a warning of possible problems ahead.
    • It would not hurt you to take some additional step to confirm that the assignment is real (for instance contacting the company by means of their webpage).
    • Check also for the correct spelling of the company name in the domain, as a scamming address could be created to resemble a legitimate address by means of a small typo.
  • A recent quick poll on the question "Do you distrust job inquiries sent from a free email account?" produced the following results:
    • 46.4% voted "No, not necessarily"
    • 40.8% voted "Yes, generally"
    • 10.0% voted "No, why should I?"
    • 2.8% selected the option "Other - N/A"
  • In the associated discussion some members reported being generally wary of free email addresses from an alleged company (agency, end client, etc.), but they found it quite normal in emails from translators.
  • A member added that it is easy and inexpensive to make a domain name and an email address with a format name@yourcompany.com so the email address data needs to be considered very carefully.


Reading and understanding the source IP address

On IP addresses

Further reading:

IP addresses and how to decode them

  • Once you have the source IP of the email you can investigate this information using a tool like to one provided by Melissa
  • To do that you should enter the IP address in the corresponding field and click on "submit".
    • You will get the following information:

http://www.proz.com/file_resources/other/cba0130e90d829a532f25bbbb47e5218_Melissa_Nigeria.JPG

Getting the source IP address of an incoming email

Emails received through your ProZ.com profile

  • When you receive an email through your ProZ.com profile, the header of the message includes the following information:
    • When the sender was not logged-in:
You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: XXXX [NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 82.128.21.90
Message type: Job-related

Using Gmail

Using Yahoo email

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