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* This page presents the  translators scam alert reports sent to subscribers to the Translators scam-prevention center: [http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/default http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/default].  
* This page presents the  translators scam alert reports sent to subscribers to the Translators scam-prevention center: [http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/default http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/default].  
* If you are a ProZ.com member you can [http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/subscribe subscribe] to the scam alerts.
* If you are a ProZ.com member you can [http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/subscribe subscribe] to the scam alerts.
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= 2019 =
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==November 2019==
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=== November 15, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Translit ===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as a project manager of Translit. They use the email addresses '''trans-lit@yandex.ru''' and '''editor@транс-лит.рф'''. Note that the domain used by the legitimate company is '''@trans-lit.ru'''. The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/31348
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=== November 13, 2019: Scammer using fake profiles ===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting agencies under the name Bodil Bjordal with information stolen from other professionals' CVs and legitimate businesses' addresses. The email address they are using is '''bjordal.bodil@gmail.com'''. Other possible names related to this case are Peter Beyer and Shigeru Tsuji, using the email addresses '''peter.beyer1982@gmail.com''' and '''shigerutsuji66@gmail.com'''.
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It is possible that the names belong to legitimate professionals, who may not be related to this scam.
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=== November 13, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Studio Gentile SARL ===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as an employee or representative of Studio Gentile SARL. They use the email address  '''studiogentile.mc@gmail.com'''. The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/7499
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=== November 6, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
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A report [https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/338506-joy_mazur.html] has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name '''Joy Mazur'''. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs in different language pairs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information on this type of scam, see: [https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam]
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The document to be translated was 17 pages and 11 730 words long and titled ''Support of workplace diversity policies: The role of race, gender, and beliefs about inequality''.
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==October 2019==
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===October 31, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Amero Communications===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators acting as Amero Communications. Please note that the company uses the official domain '''@amero.ca''' Please see their report on the Scams forum: [https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/338402-impersonator_offering_jobs_to_freelancers_on_our_behalf.html#2817074]
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===October 30, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Wawasan Destiny Resources===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators acting as an Wawasan Destiny Resources Project Manager. The email address used is: george@wawasandsetinynow.com.
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Please note the email domain of the legitimate business is '''wawasandestinynow.com''', while this impersonator has been using '''wawasandsetinynow.com'''
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=== October 11, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Lingvo 24 ===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as Yana Dontsova/Kushnarenko, from Lingvo 24. They use the email address domain '''@lingivo24.info''' and an email signature with the name and title job of Yana Dontsova/Kushnarenko, a PM from Lingvo 24.
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Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is '''@lingvo24.info''', without the extra i. The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/38675
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==September 2019==
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=== September 30, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
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A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name Mervyn Rundle. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: [https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam]
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The email address used was: '''mervyn.rundle1963@gmail.com'''
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=== September 26, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
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A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name Sarah Chivel. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: [https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam]
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The email address used was: '''scchivel@gmail.com'''
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=== September 23, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Translation agency Lexithiria (Margarita Ioannidou) ===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as Margarita Ioannidou, from Translation agency Lexithiria. They use the email address  '''lexithiria.otenet@gmail.com''' and an email signature with the name and title job of Margarita Ioannidou, along with the fake email address and phone numbers that do not match those present in the company website http://www.lexithiria.com
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Note that the email domains of the legitimate business are '''@otenet.gr''' and '''@lexithiria.com'''. The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/12847
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=== September 13, 2019: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Sara Ouaguenouni ===
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A report has been received of a person impersonating a translator. The aim of this is using the professional services of a translator without paying for them. The scammer presented themselves as Sara Ouaguenouni and used the following email address: '''saraouaguenoni@gmail.com'''. They used the scam template reported here: [[http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#August_26.2C_2019:_Advance_payment_.2F_impersonation_of_ProZ.com_member:_translation_of_Research_Project_on_Agricultural_reforms_in_EU]]
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=== September 12, 2019: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Viviana Paddrik ===
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A report has been received of a person impersonating a translator. The aim of this is using the professional services of a translator without paying for them. The scammer presented themselves as Viviana Paddrik and used the following email address: '''vivianaijomimo@gmail.com'''.
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The message the scammer sent to the translators was
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Hello, I need to urgently translate a document from English to Spanish Kindly confirm your availability. Thank you
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</pre>
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=== September 11, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Wordminds Translations ===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as an employee of Wordminds Translations. They use the email address  '''wordminds.translations@gmail.com'''. They use an email signature with the name and title job of an employee.
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Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is '''@wordminds.com''' The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/41437 .
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=== September 03, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam: translation of "Search for Philip K. Dick" ===
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A report has been received of a person or group carrying out a fake check/overpayment scam under multiple names. Among others, Davila Andres, Johann Klimt, Jenniffer Belcher and Thomas Raul Manor. The scammer will ask for a translation of "Search for Philip K. Dick" by Anne R. Dick, agree to a 50% advance payment, then wire a fake check and ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: [https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam]
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See reports on the forums:
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[https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/336728-book_translation_jeniffer_b.html]
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[https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/334147-new_scammer_alert_tabitha.html]
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Some of the reported email addresses include: '''t.manor2671@gmail.com''', '''davilaandres1122@gmail.com''', '''johannklimt@gmail.com''', '''gnizoteke@gmail.com'''
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=== September 03, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
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A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name John. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: [https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam]
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The email address used was: '''johnmson168@gmail.com'''
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==August 2019==
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=== August 30, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Bright Translations ===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as an employee of Bright Translations. They use the email address  '''susan.bright.es@gmail.com'''. They use an email signature with the name of an employee. The subject line is used in similar impersonation scams, ''"Official assignment for the [LANGUAGE] Translation, Job no [NUMBER]"''.
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Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is '''@bright.es''' The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/49883 .
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=== August 29, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Asian Trust Translation ===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as a past employee of Asian Trust Translation. They use the email addresses  '''asiantrust.pm@gmail.com'''. They use an email signature with the name and picture of a past employee. The subject line is used in similar impersonation scams, ''"Officials assignment for the [LANGUAGE] Translation, Job no [NUMBER]"''.
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Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is '''@asiantrust.net''' The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/45371 .
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=== August 29, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Zamenhof Translation Services ===
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A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as an employee or representative of Zamenhof Translation Services. They use the email addresses  '''zamenhoft.jobs@gmail.com''' and '''zamenhof.co.il@gmail.com'''. Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is '''@zamenhof.co.il''' The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/23245
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=== August 27, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Bayer Pharmaceutical / Penguin Random House ===
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A scammer/s is contacting translators about a Hangouts/Skype interview. According to reports, it seems that the scammer/s "interview" translators, then hire them, but first the translator has to purchase software for a 5 day trial. In some cases, this same pattern is used to conduct an overpayment scam with fake checks.
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Sometimes they use Gmail addresses, other times they purchase domains that are somewhat similar to Bayer and Penguin's. Some of the reported email addresses include: '''bayermatthew079@gmail.com''', '''info@bayer-accountingdepartment.company.com''', '''Ingo.bayer1@gmail.com''', '''cecelia.interviewsection@gmail.com''', '''jobma736@gmail.com''', '''hiringdesk707@gmail.com''', '''liamcrew9@gmail.com''', '''bradking466@gmail.com''', '''hr.penguinrandomhouse@gmail.com''', '''editorialdirector@penguinrandomhouse.xyz''', '''hr.coordinator332@gmail.com''', '''info@penguin-randomhouse.company.com'''.
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=== August 26, 2019: Advance payment / impersonation of ProZ.com member: translation of Research Project on Agricultural reforms in EU ===
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A scammer/s is contacting translators requesting the translation of a document titled "''Research Project on Agricultural reforms in EU''". They offer advance payment and request payment details.
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They use the email addresses '''jeanpoulmarch862@gmail.com''' , '''gnizoteke@gmail.com''', '''veroniqueguider78@gmail.com''' and '''melanieland77@gmail.com''' among others, and the names "Gülnihal Zora Teke" "Véronique Guider" (both names belong to legitimate professionals, not related to this scam) and "Jean Poulmarch". One of the impersonated members has reported that his name is being used wrongfully here: [https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/336788-a_scam_using_my_name.html]
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Another email address used is '''annasmiley09@gmail.com''' and the name used is Anna Smith.
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=== August 16, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
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A scammer is contacting translators with emails resembling the following:
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<pre>Good Afternoon to you i really do want to know if you still translate as a job kindly get back to me through my email to let you know what job i have for you in respect of my personal use.joycepoe1960@gmail.com Regards </pre>
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<pre>Thanks for the email and also the fee it is quite ok for me kindly drop this details for me to get you 50% then after you are done i will balance up thanks Bank name: Account name: Account number: IBAN: BIC: Bank Address: Regards Joyce</pre>
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The scammer uses email address '''joycepoe1960@gmail.com.'''
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=== August 5, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Wilkens" ===
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A report has been received of a person impersonating an employee of Wilkens. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/14232 . The email addresses being used are '''wilkens.be@gmail.com''' or with domain '''@wiilkens.be'''. Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is '''@wilkens.be'''
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=== August 4, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
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A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam. The scammer's email address is '''vanvaerenberghmiet08@gmail.com'''.
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=== August 3, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
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A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam. This seems to be related to the scam reported here:
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* [[http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#February_1.2C_2019:_advance_payment_scam]]
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* [[http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#December_21.2C_2018:_advance_payment_.2F_overpayment_scam]]
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Some of the reported addresses include '''rl8321640@gmail.com''' and '''scotmarks288@gmail.com'''.
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The scammer's emails read:
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<pre>Richard Lees (rl8321640@gmail.com) IP: 69.167.44.176
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Subject: Translator Needed
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Good day , I would like to know if you will be able to translate a document am to use for a presentation.</pre>
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==July 2019==
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=== July 21, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam: translation of a development lecture on organic farming ===
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A report has been received of a person or group carrying out an advance payment scam under the pretense of a "community development lecture on organic farming". The scammer would contact freelancers to offer them translation jobs; then would send a bad check and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. The scammer uses different names and addresses, but the opening email would be similar to this:
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<pre>Can I submit my document for translation from English to Turkish? And are you free to handle it right now? Its a community development lecture On Organic Farming which i organize to support the youth going into farming and animal production as a business and i want it translated/submitted before July 30th. Please respond back if you can meet up with this deadline.</pre>
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Reported email addresses include: '''henry@agroconsultbusiness.com''', '''henrybaker908@yahoo.com''', '''henry@chsagroconsult.com''', '''tammyirvine53@gmail.com''', '''henry@agroconsultcare.com'''
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=== July 05, 2019: Pay-to-work scam by AOSC International ===
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At the end of June, a ProZ.com member reported via the support center that a company called AOSC International, who had contacted her through a job posting at ProZ.com, offered her attractive work with the condition that she paid 1000 USD as "service guarantee".
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This seems to be a classic “pay to work” scam, where the victim is asked to pay first as condition for getting access to an attractive job offer. Further investigation showed that the scam had originally been reported at Reddit: [https://www.reddit.com/r/Scams/comments/9ffiot/been_offered_a_job_but_is_it_a_scam/]
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Some emails used are: '''ad@aosc.international''', '''hr@aosc.international''', '''jm@aosc.international''', '''aa@aosc.international''', '''ja@aosc.international''', '''bm@aosc.international''', '''data.security@aosc.international'''
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=== July 04, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
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A scammer is contacting translators with emails resembling the following:
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<pre>We are interested in securing your service for our project. Please confirm your availability and I will be sending you document to consider for an estimate. We have Spanish project document to translate into English. Thank you.</pre>
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Scammer creates dummy ProZ.com profiles in order to mass-email translators. The profiles are being removed as they are spotted.
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=== July 03, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Accent Multilingual" ===
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A scammer pretending to represent company "Accent Multilingual" has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/5327 . The scammer uses email address '''accentmultilingual.translation@gmail.com'''. Note that the legitimate organization only communicates using their company domain, '''@accentmultilingual.com'''.
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=== July 01, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam: translation of a document with 11,643/12,750/11,543 words (44 pages)  ===
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A scammer is contacting translators and offering an advance payment in order to wire them fake checks and then request a refund due to overpayment issues. The scammer uses mainly '''@gmail.com''' email addresses. Some of the reported addresses are: '''janetjones6644@gmail.com''', '''stephaniejame91@gmail.com''', '''dhonest3030@gmail.com''', '''kemidavis00000@gmail.com''', '''nancybill010@gmail.com''', '''verajosh371@gmail.com''', '''marishawalker@hotmail.com''', '''brendaowens639@gmail.com''', '''dhonest30ii@gmail.com''', '''joleneebanks@gmail.com''', '''melissajames9828@gmail.com''', '''carolynrichards5213@gmail.com''', '''nemegoolind@gmail.com''', '''yusuf.sulaimon1980@yahoo.com''', '''russellgabr@gmail.com''', '''arthurwilliams127@gmail.com''', '''brooklynjohn193@gmail.com''', '''valeriejohn5213@gmail.com''', '''feliciajordan5213@gmail.com''', '''marianamarianaledesma@gmail.com''', '''clarkechriscage988@gmail.com''', '''bjonhson1111@hotmail.com''', '''lbarcy022@gmail.com''', '''sydneyjohn20@gmail.com''', '''arthur127@gmail.com''', '''debbyj11@hotmail.com''', '''dandan19518@gmail.com''', '''sparker19537@gmail.com''', '''danda19518@gmail.com''', '''jr0019951@gmail.com''', '''jenscot8765@gmail.com''', '''chkutcher0070@gmail.co'''m.
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The document sent for translation is titled "'''PUBLIC ORGANISATIONS PROCEDURES RESEARCH'''" and the emails resemble the following:
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<pre>Hello, I´m contacting you in regard to an English content document worth 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated into Hebrew . I would like to know if you are interested and available to get this done for me. Please get back to me as soon as you can via email. Thank you.</pre>
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<pre>Hello, My name is Nancy, I´m contacting you in regard to an English, content document with 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to Spanish. I would like to know if you are interested and available to get this done for me. Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thank you.</pre>
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<pre>Hello, I am so sorry for the delay, there is death in the family of my sponsor so i have little delay. I hope the project is in progress? But I am happy to inform you that your payment has been mailed out to you by my sponsor and have been delivered already. Also, we discussed about considering you for the next phase of this project, but I need to be sure the first phase will be well translated. The additional fee for the next phase of the project was added. We've calculated the next phase with your rate,  so the first phase and the next document will cost us $3950 and that is the amount on the check. We don't have much time now and here is the information.... Kindly confirm with me as soon as you receive the payment. I hope to hear from you soon.</pre>
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<pre>Hello, There is death in the family of my sponsor, so we are going to have a little delay with the Phase 2 Due to the incident of my sponsor. I just received a message from the Management that the Phase 2 should be withheld and postponed till 2nd week of November, 2019. The Phase 1 would be used for the first part of the seminar coming up July 2019 and the Phase 2 is for the second part of the seminar coming up in November. For this reason, we would only work on the phase 1 for now and get it ready before the due date. Please I want you to take all your full payments for the phase 1, I'm giving you $100 more for your stress and your extra time for the work. And for the remaining money for the Phase 2, Kindly make a deposit of the phase 2 money to the account of the sponsor......I will send you the account details shortly thank you!</pre>
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''This entry was last updated on October 30th, 2019''. You can read more about this type of scam here: [https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam]
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==June 2019==
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=== June 27, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Kelemen Co"===
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A scammer pretending to represent company "Kelemen & Company" has been reported. The company's domain is www.http://kelemenco.com. The scammer uses email address '''translations@kelemeno.com'''. The legitimate email is translations@kelemen'''C'''o.com ('''with a 'c'''').
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=== June 27, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
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A scammer is contacting translators with simple texts downloaded from homework webpages in order to conduct an overpayment scam. You can read more about this type of scam here: [https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam] Emails shared read:
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<pre>I'm contacting you in regard to an Spanish content document with 12,750 words words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to English. I would like to know if you are interested please get back to me asap thanks</pre>
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<pre>I quite agree with your price quote and I am willing to pay for your service. This project is a research paper being sponsor for a seminar coming up soon, so I would like to make an advance payment or make the full payment so you know you have my job with you but the payment can only made by CHEQUE and is Within the US only, do get back to me with the following payment information in the format below. 1. Full Name to be written on the Cheque 2. Full Physical Address: 3. Mobile number . Your payment will be prepared once I have the requested details. Payment will be received before you send the document. Get back to me asap</pre>
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The scammer uses email address '''melissacollins090@gmail.com'''.
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=== June 26, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Mother Tongue"===
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A scammer pretending to represent company "Mother Tongue" has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/68 . The scammer uses email address '''eliza.yow@mothertngue.com'''. The legitimate email is eliza.yow@mothert'''O'''ngue.com ('''with an 'o'''').
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=== June 17, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Lexicon Services"===
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A scammer pretending to represent company "Lexicon Services" has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/43067 . The scammer uses email address '''lexiconservicesale@gmail.com'''. The legitimate email is lexiconservicesale'''s'''@gmail.com ('''with an "s"''').
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==May 2019==
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=== May 24, 2019: Continued impersonation of ProZ.com member Michael Beijer ===
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ProZ.com member Michael Beijer, https://www.proz.com/profile/652138 , has reported that his name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is '''best.translations3@gmail.com'''. This is the third alert about this case of impersonation.
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=== May 24, 2019: Continued impersonation of ProZ.com member Amanda Fearnley ===
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ProZ.com member Amanda Fearnley, http://www.proz.com/profile/1491380 , has reported that her name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is '''fearnelyamanda@gmail.com'''. This is the third alert about this case of impersonation. The scammer is still active using the same set of contact information.
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==April 2019==
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=== April 18, 2019: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Karim Romero ===
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A report has been received of a person impersonating a translator and outsourcer. The aim of this is using the professional services of a translator without paying for them. The scammer used presented themselves as Karim Romero ( [https://www.proz.com/blueboard/43466] ) and used the following email address '''certranslatation1@gmail.com'''. The email of the legitimate person is certranslation'''s'''1@gmail.com (with an "'''s'''").
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=== April 04, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Avanta Translating ===
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A scammer pretending to represent company Avanta Translating has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at [https://www.proz.com/blueboard/19891]. The scammer uses email address domain name '''@avanta-translate.ru''' (note the similarity to avanta-translating.com, a legitimate domain).
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=== April 04, 2019: Impersonation of ProZ.com user Francesca Reale ===
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A report was received of a person who impersonated a ProZ.com user. This person used this user's CV and photo and contacted outsourcers. This scammer was impersonating the real profile [https://www.proz.com/profile/2452760]. The email address used by the fraudulent user was '''sharmila.laux@gmail.com'''. This case has been reported to the corresponding authorities.
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==March 2019==
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=== March 22, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Certified Language Solutions LLC" ===
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A scammer pretending to represent company "Certified Language Solutions LLC" has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at [https://www.proz.com/blueboard/43466]. The scammer uses email address '''karim@certranslations.net''' (note the similarity to @certranslations.com , a legitimate domain). Note that Karim Romero is the name of a legitimate project manager working for Certified Language Solutions LLC.
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==February 2019==
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=== February 4, 2019: Advance payment scam targeting French translators ===
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A report has been received of an advance payment scam targeting French translators. The scammers are sending messages under the names Nancy Record, Bernard Gatewood and Charles Lincoln, but other names may be used as well. The message is as follows:
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<pre>
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Êtes-vous disponible pour traduire des documents texte très bientôt? Je lis votre profil de traducteur, très satisfait et je voudrais que vous traduisiez pour moi pourquoi je vous ai choisi. J'ai peu de documents à traduire d'French en Italian pour la présentation de mon prochain événement. Dès que je recevrai votre réponse, je vous enverrai le document pour visualiser et négocier le prix, ainsi que le
 +
meilleur délai de livraison que vous pourrez obtenir dans les meilleurs délais. Faites-moi savoir quand vous êtes disponible dès que possible aujourd'hui. Merci pour votre temps, votre compréhension et passez une bonne journée. Cordialement
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
The email addresses used are '''lancasterresume@gmail.com''', '''bernard.gatewood@gmail.com''' and '''charles.lincoln01@hotmail.com''', but again, other email addresses may be used as well.
 +
 +
For more information about advance payment scams, see: [https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam]
 +
 +
=== February 1, 2019: Advance payment scam ===
 +
 +
A report has been received of an advance payment scam. This seems to be related to the scam reported here [[http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#December_21.2C_2018:_advance_payment_.2F_overpayment_scam]]. It is likely that the same individual or group is sending these emails. This is one of the emails sent:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Good day , I would like to know if you will be able to translate a document am to use for a presentation in 2 weeks. You will be translating from English to Polish. if you are availabe you can send me text on (619) 413-7285 thanks
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
Please, ignore or delete any email similar to this one.
 +
 +
==January 2019==
 +
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=== January 31, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent AKM-BECT ===
 +
A report has been received of a person or group of individuals impersonating a project manager of the translation agency АКМ-ВЕСТ. The impersonator registered the domain '''www.akm-west.r'''u and used the email address '''znat@akm-west.ru''' to contact translators. This impersonator also created a profile with the name of the company [https://www.proz.com/profile/2671675] (now deleted) and used their logo as well. Note that the real webpage is '''www.akmw.ru''' and their real profile is at [https://www.proz.com/profile/1689698].
 +
 +
The goal of this scam is to pass a translation job a freelancer and steal the final translation. That means that there is no intention to steal money or data. For more information about this type of scam, you can read: [https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#impersonated_client_scam]
 +
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=== January 30, 2019: Customs duty payment scam ===
 +
A report has been received of a person impersonating a Facebook employee passing on a translation project with an extremely generous compensation. This is an example of the message received by a translator:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Hello Translator, I am Roy Nicolas,Facebook Foreign Language Consultant. We are pleased to inform you that you have been chosen at random to translate the Facebook Updated Privacy Policy content to your local language. The Facebook Updated Privacy Policy is an English content document which Facebook wants to make available to every user in every country worldwide in their respective languages. In view of this, a random selection of translators and interpreters was selected from different online platforms and directories worldwide to participate in this project. You have been chosen you as one of the translators to undertake this task. I say a congratulations to you. Please note that this project is not advertised on Facebook or any social media platform. Facebook wants this translation done discretely hence the need to choose translators at random. Secondly, the influx of translators and interpreters needs to be strictly controlled, advertising the project would create online chaos because of the benefits that comes with this project. That said, I besiege you to handle this project with utmost secrecy and discretion until completion.
 +
The following benefits come with the Facebook Updated Privacy Translation Project
 +
#1 A once off cash payment package of USD 25,000 to start the project translation.
 +
#2 Special Facebook Account to advertise your business worldwide.
 +
#3 $5,000 monthly cash disbursement to you.
 +
#4 Facebook Marketplace Translator contract.
 +
#5 All expenses paid trip to any holiday destination of your choice anywhere in the world.
 +
This is your Unique Translator Code (UTC) 0079678FBPPTP998. This is a
 +
unique code for you alone. Please keep this code and do not reveal it
 +
to anybody.
 +
To keep this project under the radar, the once off payment package of USD 25,000 is to be delivered to you by courier. This is because you are in a different country and the fastest and easiest way to get the payment to you is by cash. The package will be mailed through one of
 +
the international courier companies. This process has been out-sourced to one of our local subsidiaries in here in the United States. They will manage the process of tagging,packaging,securing and safe delivery of the package to your address. Please contact Mrs Carolyn Andolini the Head, Logistics and Shipping of our subsidiary to further arrange the delivery of the document and the once off initial payment of USD 25,000 to your address. Carolyn can be reached by email at carolyn.andolini@gmail.com or +1 614-664-6905.
 +
Congratulations once again.
 +
Roy Nicolas
 +
Facebook
 +
'''Contact email: roynicolas5962@gmail.com
 +
Contact name: Roy Nicolas'''
 +
</pre>
 +
The scammer is not interested in the translation project (it is barely mentioned in the offer). After accepting the job, the translator will receive a phone call or email from the scammer impersonating an agent from the US Customs facility or a federal agent requesting payment for clearance and delivery of the package mentioned in the job offer. When inquired about this fee, the scammer will reply that they will refund all the fees. The translator will be instructed to send the payment to a personal bank account. After the payment is made, the scammer will insist that further payments are needed for one reason or the other.
 +
 +
=== January 15, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Dorothy Translations ===
 +
A report has been received of a person impersonating a translator and outsourcer. The aim of this is using the professional services of a translator without paying for them. The scammer used presented themselves as Dorothy Translations [https://www.proz.com/blueboard/33712] and used the following email address '''dorothee.dorothy.translations@gmail.com'''. The email domain of the legitimate business is @dorothy-translations.com. Note that the scammer used a free email domain.
 +
 +
=== January 15, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
 +
 +
A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name Christopher Robin. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: '''https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam'''. This scam may be connected to the scams reported on [http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#December_5.2C_2018:_advance_payment_.2F_overpayment_scam December 5, 2018] and [http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#December_21.2C_2018:_advance_payment_.2F_overpayment_scam December 21, 2018]. In this case the communication was held entirely in French (note the similarity with the previous scams reported).
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Bonjour, J'aimerais savoir si vous êtes disponible pour traduire un document du français vers le russe Je vous remercie
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
After the translator accepted the job, the scammer proposed a 50% advance payment.
 +
 +
<pre>Votre prix semble relativement bas comparé à d'autres traducteurs et he l'apprécie vraiment. Je veux une traduction parfaite et précise. 50% du paiement (1 400 euros) seron envoyés à l'avance afin que vous puissiez procéder à la traduction dès que vous recevez le paiement et le solde à la fin du projet. Si vous acceptez 50% dès le départ, ma méthode de paiement préferée consiste à effectuer un virement bancaire ou un virement bancaire sur votre compte. Tout ce dont vous avez besoin maintenant, ce sont vos coordonnées bancaires.
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Pour virement bancaire / virement bancaire
 +
Nom de banque:
 +
Adresse postale de la banque:
 +
Nom du compte:
 +
Numéro de compte:
 +
Numéro IBAN:
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Je vais envoyer un bon de commande. avant que le paiement soit effectué
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
Then the scammer proceeded to tell the translator that they had sent the wrong amount:
 +
 +
<pre>Je tiens simplement à vous informer que le paiement à été effectué, mais il semble y avoir une confusion entre le montant qui vous a été envoyé. Je verrai la situation et vous recontacterai dès que possible demain.
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
Finally, the scammer requested that the funds be transferred back:
 +
 +
<pre>J'aimerais savoir si les fonds sont disponibles maintenant afin de que nous puissions régler la différence avec la planificatrice d'événements car elle a besoin urgent d'argent. Veuillez me recontacter dès que possible.
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
The email address used for this scam was '''christanabells@yahoo.com'''.
 +
 +
The company issuing the check was [https://www.societe.com/societe/a3-agencement-442208989.html]
 +
 +
= 2018 =
 +
 +
==December 2018==
 +
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=== December 26, 2018: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Nicholas Constantinou ===
 +
ProZ.com member Nicholas Constantinou [https://www.proz.com/profile/1328341], has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used by the scammer are '''nicholas_constantinou@gmail.com''' and '''nicholas_constantinou@hotmail.com'''
 +
 +
=== December 21, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam===
 +
This is another advance payment report. It's part of the overpayment scam in the section below (December 5, 2018). This new report adds more information to the previous one. Advance payment scams convince freelancers that a payment has been made (often in advance) for their services. The amount paid exceeds the amount due, so the scammer asks translators to transfer back the difference. Since the original payment is deposited via a fraudulent check, the funds are deducted from the freelancer's account once the check bounces. This is an email received by a translator informing them that an erroneous payment has been made:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Good morning [translator],  I just want to let you know the payment has been made but there seems to be a mix-up. I will see to the situation and get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you for your time, patience and understanding
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
A few days later, this email was received:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
It was just confirmed to me the amount you will be getting is 9975.17 euros, so do watch out for the deposit in your account and let me know as soon as the money hits so we can sort out the difference
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
When the translator informed the scammer that they could not immediately transfer the funds back, the scammer tried to persuade the translator:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Please i need you you to understand certain things on how we can make this work as my work seems to be on the like here. Things seems to be behinds on schedule with the mix-up as the planner only has €400 to proceed with what she has to do with the €9975.17 so i manage to calm her down and let her know she will get the difference so if you cancel the transaction now then am finished. Am just trying to recover from the death of my son and its what i make of this job that my family live on. I will appreciate you deduct the €400 advance payment and send the balance to the planner or send the whole amount back to me. I want you to know as a mother i will do the same for you if you were to be in my shoes. Let me know what best works for you to transfer the money back either to me or the planner and i can send you the account details. Thank you and have a wonderful night rest till i hear from you again
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
The bank started suspecting that this could be a scam, so they cancelled any money transfer until the check had been cashed successfully (which never happened). At that point the scammer tried to persuade the translator of using an alternative money transfer method.
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Here is what i think we can do, you try to transfer it online by doing your limit for the day if you can not send all at once, but i think you should be able to do it all at one as far as the bank get their charges.
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</pre>
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
I just want you to know we are having issues with the previous account i sent you and will want the money to be sent to the account below to avoid any issue. Thank you so much for your time and hope to hear back from you with the payment confirmation as soon as you can tomorrow. Thank you
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Bank name: Banco Sabadell.
 +
Holder: Desmond Omozusi Aikhionbare
 +
IBAN: ES06-0081-4320-8800-0127-6236
 +
BIC: BSABESBB
 +
Bank address: Avenida castilla 26,19002 Guadalajara Madrid Spain.
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
<pre>Can you make western union or money gram?? You can do this for me, take the cash and go to the office and do it for me today then do another one tomorrow and next tomorrow till we are done. So sorry about the stress for you You can do 2500 today and another 2500 tomorrow and you can do the last one at the bank on Thursday. But please send me the payment confirmation a son as you are done
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
At no point was there any real interest in the translation. Both Western Union and the bank refused to make the transference as the situation was too dubious.
 +
 +
Names associated to this scam: '''Regina Slaughter'''
 +
 +
Email addresses associated to this scam: '''careslane1145@aol.com'''
 +
 +
===December 5, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam===
 +
 +
A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name Capt. K. McKenzie. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: [https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam]
 +
 +
The email address used was:
 +
'''keith.mckenzie01@hotmail.com'''
 +
 +
This is one of the messages sent:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Hello, I just read your translator profile and how are you doing [user]?
 +
 +
I would like to know if you will be able to translate a document am to use for a presentation in the
 +
next 5 to 7 weeks from English to French. Get back to me if you are available and will be able to get
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this done for me. Copy of the documents will be send to you via EMAIL upon your reply to negotiate
 +
the price tag.
 +
 +
I awaits your quick reply back today.
 +
 +
Thank you for your time and enjoy the rest of your day!
 +
 +
Yours sincerely,
 +
Capt. K. McKenzie
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
An alternative message is:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Good day ,
 +
 +
I would like to know if you will be able to translate a document am to use for a presentation in 3 weeks.
 +
 +
You will be translating from English to [your native language].
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
A similar messages was also reported from a person under the name Captain C. Ferguson. This person used the following email address: ferguson.carlos1@hotmail.com
 +
 +
The message sent was:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Hello [user],
 +
 +
Can you translate a document for me? Wow, i am reading through your ProZ.com translator profile
 +
and very satisfied with your profile.
 +
 +
I have chosen you for this job. The text (document) would to be translate from English to French
 +
which am using for a presentation soon.
 +
 +
Let me know if you are available as soon as possible today.
 +
 +
Upon your reply i will send you the document to review and to negotiate price, and best delivery time
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you can get done.
 +
 +
I am looking forward hearing from you immediately, so kindly get back to me today.
 +
 +
Thanks for your trust, and for your understanding.
 +
 +
Regards
 +
Captain C. Ferguson
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
After further communication, the following -fake- information was provided:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
You can start working on the documents soon.
 +
 +
The translation is not published but using it for my upcoming presentation and personal research purposes for an event.
 +
 +
A little introduction about myself, I'm a Retired Captain of the US Marine Corps and i was formally attached to the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352) of the battalions/squadrons Marine Special Operations Team.
 +
 +
Here is my details for the quote/invoice: Carlos Ferguson;
 +
 +
3313 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 United states.
 +
 +
Phone number: +1 707-754-7051
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
The same person or group may be behind both scams.
 +
 +
In both cases the person contacting the translator will insist on obtaining the bank account information necessary to make the -fraudulent- advance payment. This is necessary to reach to the next step, which is informing the translator that an overpayment has been made.
 +
 +
==November 2018==
 +
 +
===November 22, 2018: CV hijacking by Mario Selwa Rossi / bigtranswork.com ===
 +
 +
A report has been received of a company called '''bigtranswork.com''' contacting translators on the site. This has been reported as a fake company involved in CV theft. You can see the full report here: [http://www.translator-scammers.com/translator-scammers-notes.htm#n76]
 +
 +
In this case, the email addresses used were '''kristin.yuri@bigtranswork.com''' and '''yurikristin@gmail.com'''
 +
 +
The message sent was:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Hello Linguist,
 +
Greetings from big transwork company.😊
 +
We have an ongoing translation project from EN to DA as following:
 +
Word count: 3000 new words, more than1500 repetetions
 +
Delivery: Word files with high quality
 +
Deadline: 1st, Nov.2018
 +
Payment: 30 from the invoice via PayPal
 +
If you are interested please reply ASAP. Please note that we confirm the fastest reply. Thank you.
 +
Kind regards,
 +
Kristin
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
===November 22, 2018: CV hijacking by btdic.com ===
 +
A report has been received of a company called Beyond the Dictionary contacting translators on the site. This has been reported as a fake company involved in CV theft. You can see the full report here: [http://www.translator-scammers.com/translator-scammers-notes.htm#n81-3]
 +
 +
In this case, the email address used was: '''amany@btdic.com'''
 +
 +
The message sent was:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Hi All,
 +
Hope my email finds you well!
 +
We have a new translation job from Norwegian to English language.
 +
It's 5 taxes files that we need them to be translaed by tomorrow at 2 pm CET. If you are interested, please reply ASAP.
 +
Thanks and best regards,
 +
Amani
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
===November 9, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent Alba Translating Company ===
 +
It has been reported that a person identifying himself/herself as Alexander from Alba Translating Company [http://www.alba-translating.ru] has been contacting freelancers. The following message was received:
 +
<pre>
 +
Name, добрый день!
 +
Прошу предоставить расчет
 +
стоимости перевода прилагаемого
 +
файла с английского на русский.
 +
Требуется обновить перевод
 +
файла в соответствии с
 +
обновленным каталогом.
 +
Сохранение оригинального
 +
оформления обязательно. В случае
 +
вопросов пишите, пожалуйста, на
 +
info@alba-translate.ru
 +
Александр
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С уважением, Бюро переводов «Альба»
 +
письменный перевод | устный
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перевод | локализация сайтов и ПО
 +
| верстка | консульская
 +
легализация и апостиль 603000, г. Нижний Новгород, ул. Б.
 +
Покровская, д. 42Б • Тел.: +7 (831)
 +
262-10-71 • +7 (962) 335-39-38 (дежурный
 +
менеджер Илья) •
 +
http://www.alba-translating.ru
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
Note that the email address domain is '''alba-translate.ru''' and the actual domain of the legitimate company is '''alba-translating.ru''' (which is included in the email signature). This person is also using the name "Alexander" (Александр), which is the name of a staff member at Alba Translating Company. The fraudulent domain alba-translate.ru was registered on October 02, 2018.
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 +
==October 2018==
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 +
===October 24, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent Ulatus ===
 +
Site staff has been alerted that an individual or group has been contacting freelancers on behalf of Ulatus. The email address used by the scammer is '''joinus.ulatus@gmail.com''' and under the name of Bradley Foster, who is an official representative of this company. The scammer would pass on jobs to freelancers using this company to gain credibility. The goal of this scam is to obtain translation projects delivered for free, so the scammer would continue to pass on jobs upon the promise of future payment (which would never be made). All communication from Ulatus is sent from email addresses whose domain is either @crimsoni.com or @ulatus.com.
 +
 +
The following alert has been posted on Ulatus website.
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Any communication that is sent from Ulatus is only sent from our registered domain name @ulatus.com. No communication will be sent to any entity from, or on behalf, of an individual. In case you come across any such person(s) approaching you, please inform us at legal@ulatus.com.
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
===October 22, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent Comprehensive Language Center, Inc ===
 +
Site staff has received a report of an entity impersonating the legitimate company Comprehensive Language Center, Inc. The scammer was passing translation jobs using this company for credibility. The goal was outsource translation jobs without paying for them. This individual was using the following email address: '''msabir.comprehensivelc@gmail.com'''. Note that this is a free email address. The company actually uses the following domain for their email address: @comprehensivelc.com
 +
 +
This is an example of a message sent to a translator from the scammer:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Hello,
 +
I am Mihrigul Sabir from Comprehensive Language Center, We contact you to check your availability for 1 page
 +
to translate from Slovenian to English? please let em know what is your best delivery time, and your offer rate ?
 +
Thanks,
 +
--
 +
Mihrigul Sabir
 +
Project Manager
 +
Comprehensive Language Center
 +
Phone: 713-240-07968
 +
Email:msabir.comprehensivelc@gmail.com
 +
http://www.comprehensivelc.com/
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
'''For more information, see: [https://www.comlang.com/fraud-alert]'''
 +
 +
===October 5, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent Ramboll ===
 +
 +
A report was received of scammers impersonating the legitimate company Ramboll [https://ramboll.com/who-we-are]. Scam consisted in convincing the translator that the source documents would be sent  by courier and then informing them that the documents had been withheld at the customs. The translator would then have to pay a fee of 1000 USD to a fake courier service called KUB express. The translator would then pay the fees to release the documents, but the funds would go directly to the scammers. Two fake websites were created for this scam. These are suspected to be professional scammers. More information available here: [https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/translators-translation-companies-linkedin-scam-alert-yi-xin/]
 +
 +
==September 2018==
 +
 +
===September 13, 2018: Impersonation of ProZ.com user Chalotte Andersson ===
 +
 +
A report was received of a person who impersonated a ProZ.com user. This person used this user's CV and contacted outsourcers via the jobs board. This scammer was impersonating the real profile [https://www.proz.com/profile/863752]. The email address used by the fraudulent user was '''charlotte0andersson@gmail.com'''. This case has been reported to the corresponding authorities.
 +
 +
===September 13, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam===
 +
 +
A report was received of a person contacting translators under the name Terry Cole. This person created a ProZ.com profile (now removed) and sent profile messages to translators. One example is the following:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Hello, My name is Terry Cole, I'm contacting you in regard to an English, content document with 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to Polish. I would like to know if you are interested and available to get this done for me. Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thank you. Best regards
 +
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 +
Hello I'm pleased to know you are interested in handling this project. However, I will require your service to translate the attached English document to be translated to Spanish NOT POLISH, Am sorry. In the mean time, could you also confirm your charges per page, per source word or for the entire translation? The deadline for this Project is 1 month starting from 07/09/2018. Finally, what would be your preferred mode of payment? Though I'm proposing a certified bank draft, a cashier check or bank certified check. Please do not hesitate to confirm if this is okay with you? I look forward to reading from you soon. Best Regards, Terry.
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
The person wrote from the email address '''cole65270@gmail.com'''.
 +
 +
This scam was reported here: [https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/328511-scam_from_cole65270gmailcom_aka_terry_cole_sent_thru_prozcom_network.html
 +
 +
===September 12, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam===
 +
 +
A report was received of a person attempting to perform an advance payment scam. The person contacted a site user and offered to make an advance payment of 50%. Then contacted the translator stating that a sum ten times greater had been wired. Payment was never actually received by the translator. The scammer stopped replying. The scammer insisted that they worked for a foreign diplomat. The associated email address is patricia.smith1995tm@gmail.com, which has been banned from the site.
 +
 +
[https://sslcdn.proz.com/file_resources/other/14c185e6957fdf57c5b44aa33d3a9ddd_2386018_r5b9886765a9d1.jpg Here you can see a picture of the email received by the translator]
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===September 5, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent iVisa ===
 +
 +
This seems to be an impersonation scam. A report has been received of a person who impersonates the real company iVisa. This person has tried to contact ProZ.com users repeatedly. This person uses the email address '''rei.cabucos23@gmail.com''' and other similar email addresses (the dot may be placed differently and the number may be different as well).
 +
 +
This scam was reported here: [https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/327973-possible_scam_visa_application_company.html]
 +
 +
This is an example of an email sent to a ProZ.com user.
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
iVisa needs translators who can translate user interface
 +
words (ie “click here” or “add to cart”). There is
 +
one large spreadsheet containing these words and several
 +
smaller .docx documents. All need translating.
 +
 +
==Screening Questions==
 +
 +
1.) Can you do translation?
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2.) How many word can you reliably translate in a week?
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3.) How much do you charge for 100 words? Do not inflate
 +
your desired pay rate by 2-5x. Doing so will disqualify your
 +
bid if someone else simply did not inflate their price.
 +
4.) What is a double entry visa?
 +
5.) iVisa processes both visas and visa waivers. What is the
 +
difference between a visa and a visa waiver? Give me an
 +
example of each.
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
It is unclear whether this person will act as a ghost client or carry out an advanced payment scam.
 +
 +
==August 2018==
 +
 +
===August 31, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent Asia Translate===
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This was an impersonation scam. The scammer pretended to work for [https://www.proz.com/blueboard/26153 Asia Translate] and carried out the scam under the name of Ivy Rose Tan. The scammer used the free email address '''ivyrosetan@outlook.sg'''.
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===August 29, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent ABTranslations SRL===
 +
A report has been received of an identity theft and impersonated client scam. The scammer used the name of a legitimate company to use the professional services of a number of freelancers.
 +
 +
The scammer pretended to be the Romanian company [https://www.proz.com/blueboard/46265 '''SC AB LANGUAGE SOLUTIONS SRL''']. This scammer was using a profile under the name [https://www.proz.com/profile/2524979 ABTranslations SRL - ABTranslations SRL] (now deleted). The contact email addresses were info@ab-translations.cc and abtranslations.contact@gmail.com, and the someone under the name '''Dagmar Arsaelsson''' replied to the emails. The scammer was using the webpage www.ab-translations.cc to seem more real (do not confuse with the real company website ab-traduceri.ro). They were using a fake phone number and their address is actually the address of an electric power company.
 +
 +
This fake profile was created by someone under the name of [https://www.proz.com/profile/2515232 Judith Salmon] (profile removed as well) and was using the email address judy.salmon@gmail.com.
 +
 +
==May 2018==
 +
 +
===May 28, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
 +
It has been reported that a scammer under name Julie Brown/Brawn has been contacting translators from email address jub67541@gmail.com. After being contacted, providers may receive a message like this:
 +
<pre>
 +
Hello
 +
I'm pleased to know you are interested in handling this project. However, I will require your service to translate the attached German document. In the mean time, could you also confirm your charges per page, per source word or for the entire translation? The deadline for this Project is 1 month starting from 28 May 2018.Finally, I'm proposing a cashier check or bank certified check for the payment. Please do not hesitate to confirm if this is okay with you? I look forward to reading from you soon.
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
This case was also discussed here: '''https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/325661-this_sounds_a_bit_fishy.html'''
 +
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===May 22, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent GEF===
 +
 +
It has been reported that a scammer has been contacting service providers pretending to represent company GEF [http://geftranslators.com/]. The scammer writes from email address '''russia@geftranslators.ru''' (the actual company domain is .com) and impersonates Valery Afanasiev, an actual company employee.
 +
 +
=== May 21, 2018: Advance payment scam under name "George Lance" ===
 +
 +
A report was received about an advance payment scam using name “George Lance”. Further contact information used by the scammer was email address '''georgelance@netscape.com'''
 +
 +
===May 5, 2018: Scam aimed at retrieving sensitive information ===
 +
Several emails have been received from "Holly Ader" [http://proz.com/profile/2541908] pretending to require translation services. The scammer invited translators to download the files required for the task. The files had to be downloaded from a webpage that looked like Dropbox. In order to download the files, translators needed to sign in with their Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, AOL or Office 365 accounts. The login form did not belong to any of these companies, but rather it was an imitation created by the scammer. This means that translators would be providing their login information to the scammer instead of actually logging in to their accounts. The email used was: '''holly@legacymgt.net'''
 +
 +
All links provided by this person lead to a fraudulent site.
 +
 +
The webpage of this restaurant was used to gain the trust of translators: '''http://www.legacyrestaurant.com/'''
 +
 +
This scam was first reported here: [https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/325000-possible_scammer_emailing_via_hollylegacymgtnet_with_prozcom_profile_prozcom_profile_2541908.html]
 +
 +
The following profile was used in this scam as well: [https://www.proz.com/profile/2544671] This was a site member under the name of Jeff Adler using the email address '''jeffery.plante@legacymgt.org'''. The email was the following:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Hello,
 +
My wife Holly, contacted you last week for a virtual assistant position. Her email account has had some technical issues which is yet to be
 +
resolved, hence my reason for contacting you. Please respond to this email to continue the conversation. Kind regards, Jeff.
 +
</pre>
 +
 +
=== May 2, 2018: Impersonation of translation company COME ALIVE COMMUNICATIONS, INC ===
 +
 +
A scammer pretending to represent company "COME ALIVE COMMUNICATIONS, INC" [https://www.proz.com/blueboard/1015], has been reported. The scammer is currently using email address '''comealiveusa@gmail.com'''. See [https://www.proz.com/post/2720149#2720149] for more information.
 +
 +
==April 2018==
 +
 +
=== April 19, 2018: Impersonation of translation company Berlo International Pte Ltd ===
 +
A scammer pretending to represent company "Berlo International Pte Ltd", https://www.proz.com/blueboard/37193 , has been reported. The scammer uses email address berlotranslations1@gmail.com
 +
 +
==February 2018==
 +
 +
===February 23, 2018: Impersonation of translation company LinguaNational Translations Inc.===
 +
A scammer pretending to represent company "LinguaNational Translations Inc." has been reported. The scammer uses email address linguanationaltranslationsinc@gmail.com.
 +
The company has confirmed that they only use accounts with the domain @linguanational.com.
 +
The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization can be found at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/27722
 +
If in doubt regarding the legitimity of a job offer by Linguanational Translations, service providers can contact President Janie Markos at jmarkos@linguanational.com.
 +
 +
===February 9, 2018: Impersonation of translation company ALS===
 +
It has been reported that a scammer has been contacting service providers pretending to represent company ALS, https://en.als.ltd. The scammer writes from email address job@linvgo.ru.
 +
 +
== January 2018 ==
 +
 +
===January 25, 2018: Scam sent from a ProZ.com paid profile===
 +
Several reports have have been received about scam messages coming from a paid profile. Scammers created a ProZ.com profile http://proz.com/profile/2495035 with username floridellar, paid membership for better credibility and used this profile to send scam messages to translators from the address dagobert.florianne@gmail.com, donny.anderson@premierhealthinsurance.net and georgeclutchconsult@gmail.com
 +
 +
One instance of the Secret Shopper scam was reported, but most colleagues reported a classic relocation scam:
 +
 +
<pre>I require the services of an assistant during my relocation.
 +
Are you available?
 +
What state are you located?
 +
I hope to read from you soon.
 +
Regards,
 +
Donny.</pre>
 +
 +
<pre>Good Morning,
 +
Are you interested in becoming a Secret Shopper?
 +
If yes, please respond with your name,address and cell phone
 +
number.
 +
Details of your assignment would follow.
 +
Regards.</pre>
 +
 +
A fake address was also reported:
 +
 +
<pre>
 +
Donny Anderson
 +
Premier Health Insurance Services
 +
5151 Flynn Pkwy. #626
 +
Corpus Christi, TX 78411</pre>
 +
 +
The profile used for sending this scam has been removed and a refund has been issued (as in most cases they use stolen credit cards). Once again, learning the scammers' style can be more useful than knowing the disposable names or email addresses they use and drop.
 +
 +
===January 24, 2018: Impersonation of translation company Alpha Omega Translations===
 +
It has been reported that a scammer has been contacting service providers pretending to represent company Alpha Omega Translations, http://www.alphaomegatranslations.com . The scammer writes from email address alphaomegatranslationss@gmail.com (free email address, intentionally misspelling “translations” as “translationss”).
 +
 +
=== January 10, 2018: Advance payment scam under name "Rebecca Andersen" ===
 +
A report was received about an advance payment scam using name “Rebecca Andersen”. Further contact information used by the scammer was email addresses reandersenjr@gmail.com and debbieheitzer@gmail.com
 +
 +
= 2017 =
 +
 +
== November 2017 ==
 +
 +
=== November 24, 2017: Impersonation of translation company Oficina da Palavra ===
 +
It has been reported that a scammer has been contacting service providers pretending to represent company Oficina da Palavra, http://oficina-da-palavra.pt/ . The scammer writes from email address oficiinadapalavra.lda@gmail.com (free email address, intentionally misspelling “oficina” as “oficiina”).
 +
 +
=== November 21, 2017: Impersonation of translation company ABBYY ===
 +
It has been reported that a scammer has been contacting service providers pretending to represent company ABBYY, https://www.proz.com/blueboard/9434 . The scammer writes from email address job@linvgo.ru (note the similarity to lingvo.ru , a legitimate domain).
 +
 +
== October 2017 ==
 +
 +
=== October 23, 2017: Impersonation of site member under name "Patrice Dally" ===
 +
ProZ.com member Patrice Philippi, https://www.proz.com/profile/1098551, has reported that his CV and cover letter are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Patrice Dally" and the email address is patricedally989@gmail.com
 +
 +
=== October 23, 2017: Impersonation of site member ===
 +
ProZ.com member Teresita Garcia Ruy Sanchez, http://www.proz.com/profile/1090 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses several email addresses that are not used by her: TeresitaSanchez12@yahoo.com, teresitaruy1@gmail.com & teresita.sanchez@outlook.sa
 +
 +
=== October 10, 2017: Impersonation of site member ===
 +
ProZ.com member Nicholas Constantinou, https://www.proz.com/profile/1328341 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is nicholas_constantinou@gmail.com
 +
 +
== September 2017 ==
 +
 +
===September 19, 2017: Advance payment scam using name "Aminata Dramane" ===
 +
A report was received about an advance payment scam using name "Aminata Dramane".
 +
Further contact information used by the scammer was email addresses aminataadramanee11@gmail.com.
 +
 +
=== September 13, 2017: Advance payment scam under name “Phillip W. Kone” ===
 +
A report was received about an advance payment scam using name “Phillip W. Kone”. Further contact information used by the scammer was email addresses phpwarwick@gmail.com and phpwkone@yahoo.com , and Skype address phillip.kone1
 +
 +
== July 2017 ==
 +
 +
=== July 24, 2017: Four fraudulent profiles removed ===
 +
A set of profiles sending fraudulent emails has been removed from the site. The profiles have been removed by now, but this is the contact information they were using:<br>
 +
<br>
 +
trinteriors - leah@trinteriors.net <br>
 +
ionize - info@dndlimited.co.uk - JAMES BLUNT <br>
 +
kidsunited - info@eliteuk.ltd - Thomas McGregor <br>
 +
priornotice - kyra.davila@prexpat.com - PAUL VALDEZ <br>
 +
<br>
 +
Remember that scammers can register an account and even purchase membership before they are spotted and can be blocked from using ProZ.com. Fraudulent offers need to be spotted based on their nature. This set of scammers, for example, was sending out a fairly common "Secret shopper" type. These start out by making an attractive offer of weekly payment, and end up requesting payment in their direction as part of the application process (akin to "Nigerian" type advance-fee scams).<br>
 +
<br>
 +
This is the body of the message they were sending:<br>
 +
<br>
 +
<pre> Dear Translator,
 +
 +
Do you need to earn a little extra income?
 +
Do you want to work from home?
 +
You can earn up to $275 a week or more as an online secret
 +
evaluation.
 +
Our system is simple and produces great results. Here is how we do
 +
it:
 +
 +
We work out what our online retailers need from you, the online
 +
secret evaluation.
 +
The best thing about online secret evaluation is it's simplicity.
 +
Instead of spending millions of dollars on advertising their
 +
products
 +
and services, online companies go directly to the consumer.
 +
Companies are able to improve their customer service through the
 +
feedback you provide for them.
 +
If you are interested,Email us with your postal details and
 +
telephone number.
 +
 +
All shoppers must be 18 or over
 +
 +
Unfortunately, we can only take on a limited number of applicants,
 +
so
 +
not everyone will be accepted.
 +
If you are accepted, you would be contacted.
 +
All Rights Reserved
 +
Copyright 2017 </pre>
 +
 +
== June 2017 ==
 +
 +
=== June 12, 2017: Scammer pretending to represent "101translations" ===
 +
We have received reports of the impersonation of translation company 101translations. The scammers are using email address info101translations@gmail.com and name "John Acord". They do not represent 101translations, a legitimate company, with a Blue Board record at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/1435 . Please the announcement at http://www.proz.com/topic/315746 for more information.
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 +
== April 2017 ==
 +
 +
=== April 27, 2017: Scammer pretending to represent "Octopus Translations" ===
 +
A scammer pretending to represent company "Octopus Translations" has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/5570 . The scammer uses email address irina.bumbu@contractor.net . Note that Irina Bumbu is the name of a legitimate project manager working for Octopus Translations. Remember that email addresses hosted at free email services are suspicious, and follow up with the company directly if you receive an offer from such an email address.
 +
 +
 +
=== April 6, 2017: Fake company "Translina" uses a phone number belonging to a legitimate company ===
 +
Known scam operation "Translina", previously reported at http://proz.me/eu and http://proz.me/ev has been reported to be including phone and fax numbers belonging to a legitimate company in their POs.
 +
 +
=== April 5, 2017: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Nuri Burak Aksiray ===
 +
ProZ.com member Nuri Burak Aksiray, http://www.proz.com/profile/1038551 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email used by the scammer is nuri.aksiray@gmail.com
 +
 +
=== April 5, 2017: Advance payment scam under name "Donald Powel" ===
 +
A report was received for an advance payment scam using name Donald Powel and email address powel_donald@yahoo.com
 +
 +
== January 2017 ==
 +
 +
=== January 23, 2017: Fake identities "Anita Helfred", "Andrew Wilson" ===
 +
Two new fake identities used by scammers: "Anita Helfred", "Andrew Wilson", Andrew-Wilson0@hotmail.com
 +
 +
=== January 20, 2017: Advance payment scam under name "Caihoun Kenneth" ===
 +
An advance payment scam was reported at http://www.proz.com/topic/310904 . The scam uses name "Caihoun Kenneth" and email address dptfidelityich@gmail.com
 +
 +
=== January 19, 2017: Advance payment scam under name "David Paul" ===
 +
An advance payment scam posing as a request for group language lessons was reported at http://www.proz.com/post/2622074#2622074 . The scammers use name "David Paul" and email address davidpaul815@gmail.com
 +
 +
= 2016 =
 +
 +
== December 2016 ==
 +
 +
=== December 30, 2016: Impersonation of company "McFelder" ===
 +
A scammer pretending to represent company "McFelder" has been reported, Blue Board record at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/8192 . The scammer uses email address snowwhitetranslation@gmail.com . Note that the company only uses emails ending in @mcfelder.com to contact translators.
 +
 +
=== December 16, 2016: Impersonation by 24translate.net ===
 +
ProZ.com members Grzyb & Kulawik http://www.proz.com/profile/1230709 have reported that their CV and name are being used by a scammer linked to banned operation 24translate.net, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/40856 , to contact outsourcers. The email addres used by the scammer is hamza@24translate.net.
 +
 +
=== December 15, 2016: Impersonation of site Member Michael Beijer ===
 +
ProZ.com member Michael Beijer, http://www.proz.com/profile/652138, has reported that his name and an and old CV are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers, using the fake email address michael.beijer24@gmail.com
 +
 +
=== December 7, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "JAMES COOGLER" ===
 +
An advance payment scam using name "JAMES COOGLER" and email address cooglerjamess@gmail.com  has been reported. The scammer had registered an account on ProZ.com under username "jcool". The account has been removed by now.
 +
 +
=== December 7, 2016: Fake company under name "Translina" is still contacting freelancers ===
 +
Fake company "Translina" was recently reported to be active, at http://www.proz.com/post/2611016#2611016 . The name used by the scammer this time was "Richard Lackey", with email address richardlackey789@gmail.com
 +
 +
See http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#March_8.2C_2016:_Fake_company_.22Translina.22 for the last alert about this operation.
 +
 +
== November 2016 ==
 +
 +
=== November 21, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Anthony Jayden" ===
 +
An advance payment scam was reported today The scammer uses name "Anthony Jayden" and email address anthjay01@mail.com
 +
 +
 +
=== November 7, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Jack Boulden" ===
 +
 +
An advance payment scam was reported to be currently active. The scammer uses name "Jack Boulden" and email address jbouldenservices1881@gmail.com
 +
 +
== October 2016 ==
 +
 +
=== October 26, 2016: Fraudulent operation under company name translationspace.net ===
 +
 +
Fraudulent operation originally branded "Languagemet" and documented at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 has been reported to be active under yet another new name: translationspace.net . Emails are being sent from email address info@translationspace.net , with name "Zaki Al-Attar".
 +
 +
=== October 25, 2016: Impersonation of colleague Ana Tarchitzky ===
 +
 +
ProZ.com member Ana Tarchitzky, http://www.proz.com/profile/698402 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses these email addresses: ana.tarchitzky2@yahoo.com , ana.tarchitzky74@gmail.com and translation.work90@gmail.com
 +
 +
=== October 24, 2016: Scammer operating under name "Jenny Jones" ===
 +
 +
A fraudulent profile has been removed from ProZ.com. The scammer used name "Jenny Jones", username "gertrans", and email address jonestrans@outlook.com . The profile was being used to find jobs through the job posting system, that were then sourced to legitimate translators. One name used to outsource jobs to translators was "Christian Axberg". That name has no presence on ProZ.com.
 +
 +
See http://www.proz.com/blueboard/45022 and http://proz.me/eo for more information.
 +
 +
=== October 24, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Vicky Romeo" ===
 +
 +
An advance payment scam was reported to be currently active. The scammer uses name "Vicky Romeo" and email address vickyromeo128@gmail.com
 +
 +
=== October 21, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "ThompsoN Jennifer" ===
 +
 +
An advance payment scam was reported at http://www.proz.com/topic/307783. The scammer uses name "ThompsoN Jennifer" and email address jthomsonj12@gmail.com
 +
 +
=== October 11, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "James Costa" ===
 +
 +
An advance payment scam was reported at http://www.proz.com/post/2595427#2595427 . The scammer uses name "James Costa", signs with name "Cole", and uses email address costa20102016@gmail.com
 +
 +
=== October 5, 2016: Probable scam under name "Steven Bangham" ===
 +
 +
A probable scam was reported at http://www.proz.com/topic/307217 . The sender uses name "Steven Bangham" and email address stevenbangham4@gmail.com
 +
 +
=== October 3, 2016: Fake CV under name "ALBERT Vigier" ===
 +
 +
A scammer using a fake CV under name "ALBERT Vigier" and email address languageservice.albert@gmail.com has been reported.
 +
 +
== September 2016 ==
 +
 +
=== September 23, 2016: Scam operation under company name "Brenntag UK Limited" ===
 +
 +
A scam has been reported on http://www.proz.com/post/2583991 . The scammers operate under company name "Brenntag UK Limited", and give this as their website: http://brenntagsoutheast.co.uk/ (404 error). The scammers claim to represent Adecco as a human resources firm, but that is false. Known email addresses used by the scammers are hrd@brenntagsoutheast.co.uk , a.fielding1965001@gmail.com , sb85190310@gmail.com
 +
 +
The scam here is that freelancers are supposedly accepted for job opportunities, and then asked to make a payment to cover for their training. Always be wary of job offers that ask for payment before the job is granted.
 +
 +
=== September 21, 2016: Fake CV under name "Robert J Kokuoa" ===
 +
 +
A scammer using a fake CV under name "Robert J Kokuoa" and email address johnsonr203@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer had registered a profile on ProZ.com under username "robertj601", that has been removed by now.
 +
 +
=== September 19, 2016: Advance payment scam using name "Desmond O'Rourke" ===
 +
 +
An advance payment scam using name "Desmond O'Rourke" and email address desmondxxl31@gmail.com has been reported on ProZ.com forums. Note that the name belongs to a legitimate translator, that is not related to this scam. You can read more about this here: http://www.proz.com/post/2585041#2585041
 +
 +
== August 2016 ==
 +
 +
=== August 29, 2016: Impersonation of company "The Translation Gate, LLC" ===
 +
 +
A scammer pretending to represent company "The Translation Gate, LLC" has been reported. The scammer uses emails hosted on Gmail. Note that the company only uses emails hosted at thetranslationgate.com and thetranslationgate.net to contact translators.
 +
 +
Please see http://www.proz.com/post/2583197#2583197 for more information.
 +
 +
=== August 9, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Joyce Narvaez" ===
 +
 +
An advance payment scam using name "Joyce Narvaez" and email address prolanceservice@gmail.com has been reported.
 +
 +
=== August 1, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Sterling" ===
 +
 +
An advance payment scam using name "Sterling" and email address sterlsinc105@gmail.com has been reported.
 +
 +
== July 2016 ==
 +
 +
=== July 27, 2016: Fake CV under names "Beckmann Christina" or "Christina Bec" ===
 +
 +
A ProZ.com profile associated with a scammer using a fake CV was removed after it was reported at https://twitter.com/tsdirectory/status/758248976915259392 . The name used by the scammer is "Beckmann Christina" or "Christina Bec", with email addresses christina-beckman@hotmail.com , christinaabeckmann@gmail.com . The profile was located at http://www.proz.com/profile/2165378
 +
 +
=== July 15, 2016: Scammer operating under company name "magic-trans.net" ===
 +
 +
A scammer operating under company name "magic-trans.net" has been reported to be active contacting translators lately. This operation is similar to the one carried out under names LanguageMet or Translation Secrets. Please visit http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 and http://www.proz.com/topic/302893 for more information.
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 +
=== July 11, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "David Miller" ===
 +
 +
An advance payment scam using name "David Miller" and email address doyen06@yahoo.com has beer reported, at http://www.proz.com/topic/304037 and http://www.proz.com/post/2569637#2569637
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 +
=== July 6, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Terri Adam" ===
 +
 +
An advance payment scam using name Terri Adam and email address terriadam8701@gmail.com was reported at http://www.proz.com/post/2568107#2568107
 +
 +
== June 2016 ==
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=== June 22, 2016: Advance payment scam under names "Jessica Butler" and "Kathy Haring" ===
 +
 +
These names have been reported to be used in advance payment scams: "Jessica Butler" and "Kathy Haring". The email addresses used in conjuction with these names are jessicabutler205@gmail.com and kharing515@gmail.com
 +
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=== June 21, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Joseph Fraga" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Joseph Fraga" was reported. An email address used by this scammer is josephfragasport@gmail.com
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=== June 3, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "James Brisley" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "James Brisley" was reported at http://www.proz.com/post/2556395#2556395 . An email address used by this scammer is jbforlanguages1555@gmail.com
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== May 2016 ==
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=== May 30, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "James M Burke" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "James M Burke" was reported at http://www.proz.com/post/2555294#2555294 . An email address used by this scammer is jmburke8701@gmail.com
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=== May 26, 2016: Scammer using email address new.life443@gmail.com ===
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ProZ.com member tinaparelius, http://www.proz.com/profile/759712 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses name "Tina Harrison", and email address new.life443@gmail.com
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=== May 25, 2016: Fake CV under name "Sabine Lang" ===
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A scammer using a fake CV under name "Sabine Lang" and email address sabine.lang80@hotmail.com has been reported. The scammer had registered a profile on ProZ.com, that has been removed by now.
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=== May 24, 2016: Scammers pretending to represent Avanta Translating ===
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Scammers pretending to represent company Avanta Translating, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/19891 have been contacting freelancers using free email address avanta-translating@list.ru . Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/301726 for more information.
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=== May 19, 2016: "John Varela Consulting" advance payment scam ===
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Name "John Varela", "Donald Edwards" and email address johnvarelaconsulting@gmail.com are being used to contact translators for an advance payment scam. This scam is being discussed at http://www.proz.com/topic/287342
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=== May 19, 2016: Scammer requesting payment to marigoldinternational@aol.com ===
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A scammer is contacting freelancers requesting a 25 USD PayPal payment marigoldinternational@aol.com in exchange for supposed past work. Known names used by the scammer are "Julia Redfield", "Victor Mitran" and "Pablo Cordoba". This scam is being discussed at http://www.proz.com/topic/302015 and http://www.proz.com/topic/302020
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== April 2016 ==
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=== April 27, 2016: Potential scam under name "Sandra Lopez" ===
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A potential scam using name "Sandra Lopez" and email addresses Sandra@multi-lang.com & multilanguages2@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== April 26, 2016: Potential scam under name "doaa khamis" ===
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A scam using name "doaa khamis" and and email address doaa@btdic.com was reported on a site forum today: http://www.proz.com/post/2546297#2546297
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=== April 17, 2016: Potential scam under name "Andrew Guida" ===
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Email address: a.guidaxxl@gmail.com . This is the email being sent out:
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How are you doing and how is your business, I am in need of a translator for my documents. The documents are titled Drug Abuse and Addiction, Solution to drug abuse and addiction.
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The first document have 12,413 words and the second one have 22103 words.
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The first document is ready for translation and the second is with the Editor and it will be ready soon and shall be sent to you when its ready.
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Deadline for the first document is May 20th while deadline for the second document shall be discussed when i send it to you but i am sure you will have enough time to translate it.
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Kindly get back to me with the quote per word, charges for the first document, charges for the second document and also your language combination, i am asking for the language combination for  confirmation because i cant remember again. I had your contact in my directory of translator/interpreter for a long time.
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I will be waiting to read back from you as soon as possible.
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Best Regards,
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Andrew Guida.
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=== April 15, 2016: AATII, directory of translators populated by scraping publicly available information ===
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We have received reports that a new portal, AATII, has created a directory of professionals by scraping publicly available information. This is the forum thread where the discussion is taking place: http://www.proz.com/topic/300701
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If you find yourself listed there, you can request the removal of your information by using the contact information posted on https://aatii.com/contactus :
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Customer service phone number  :    + 1 604 370 2171
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Customer service email:          customer_service@aatii.com
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=== April 6, 2016: Potential scam under name "Loredana Maxen" ===
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Reports have been received of a potential scam with name "Loredana Maxen", and email addresses loredana.translation@gmail.com and loredana@bhtranslationworld.com . This person has been contacting freelancers and requesting their CV and updated cover letter.
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== March 2016 ==
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=== March 30, 2016: Fake translator under name "Niklas Dresner" ===
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A scammer posing as a translator using name "Niklas Dresner" and email address niklas.dre.de@gmail.com has been reported to be contacted outsourcers. The scammer was spotted because his CV included (fake) references from the person he was contacting.
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=== March 23, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Donald Powell" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Donald Powell" and email addresses donald.powell77@yahoo.com & acctmg.shirelle@outlook.com. has been reported. The scammer also registered a profile at ProZ.com with username "Donald12312". The profile has now been removed.
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=== March 23, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Stephen Gray" ===
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Name "Stephen Gray" and email addresses stephengray@supralifecare.org & stephengray075@gmail.com are being used to contact translators for an advance payment scam.
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=== March 21, 2016: Overpayment scam under names "Paul Fletcher" & "Andrew Newman" ===
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These names were used by scammer contacting translators to being an overpayment scam: "Paul Fletcher" / paulfletccher@gmail.com , "Andrew Newman" / newandrewmann@gmail.com
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=== March 18, 2016: Scam operation under name "Translation Community Co." ===
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A scammer company called Translation Community Co. operating from Gaza Strip has been reported to be contacting translators recently. There is a Blue Board record for this operation at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/41926 . This is the contact information used by the scammers: "Lisbeth Frade" / lisbeth@translationcommunity.co , "Miguel Santa" / Miguel@translationcommunity.co
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=== March 8, 2016: Scammers operating as translators and outsourcers ===
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A new scam has been reported in which scammers apply to get translation projects under a false identity, outsource the project to a professional translator, deliver the translation to the client, get paid, only to later disappear without paying the translator that completed the translation. <br><br>
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Known contact details used by these scammers are "John Pearson / pearson.john@hotmail.com", "Richard Benton / benton.richard@mail.com", "Andrew Davison / davison.a@outlook.com" and "Paul Larkin / larkin.p@mail.com / larkin.p@outlook.com . Three profiles, now removed, with that information were registered on ProZ.com and used to contact outsourcers and translators. Note that membership had been purchased for all of those profiles. Remember that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is who they say they are. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them. <br><br>
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A Blue Board record associated to the "outsourcing" phase of this scam can be found at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/45022
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<br><br>
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'''Note that there is a legitimate translator called Paul Larkin. There may be others under the rest of the names.'''
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=== March 8, 2016: Fake company "Translina" ===
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A scammer is operating under fake company name "Translina". Emails are sent from adamj6901@translina.com , including names "John Adam" and "Sara Gomes".
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=== March 3, 2016: Scammer under name "Igor Onishko" ===
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Name "Igor Onishko" and email addresses worldtranslator951@gmail.com and onishko.lgor@hotmail.com (note the lower case "L" substituting the "I" in Igor) are being used by a scammer to contact clients with a CV taken from an established translator.
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== February 2016 ==
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=== February 22, 2016: Probable scam email sent from 2 different email addresses ===
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A probable scam was reported through site forums today: http://www.proz.com/topic/298495 . The following message was being sent from email addresses mark.pelbo1987@gmail.com & micheal.andray1987@gmail.com :
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Greetings,
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Good day to you,i found your contact details on a registry of
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translators and interpreters,while searching for a written translator to translate a term paper on my behalf.
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Do you posses such such expertise?
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Do you provide such services?
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What is your target language?
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What is your source language?
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Do you have any certification?
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Are you available for the translation?
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Kindly get back to me thanks.
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=== February 18, 2016: Continued impersonation of ProZ.com member Amanda Fearnley ===
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ProZ.com member Amanda Fearnley, http://www.proz.com/profile/1491380 , has reported that her name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is amandacharass@gmail.com
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This is the second alert about this case of impersonation — the last alert was sent over a year ago: http://proz.me/en . The scammer is still active using the same set of contact information.
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=== February 12, 2016: CV hijacking under name "Edward Romell" ===
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ProZ.com user Lisa Mann has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name and email address used by the scammer are "Edward Romell" and edward.romell@gmail.com
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=== February 10, 2016: Advance payment scam using name ""Davis Parez" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Davis Parez" has been reported today. The scammer is pretending to be a university student. Please see forum thread http://www.proz.com/topic/208126 for more information.
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== January 2016 ==
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=== January 29, 2016: Advance payment scam using name "Edgardo Williams" ===
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An advance payment scam using the name "Edgardo Williams" and the email address edgardo.williams@yandex.com has been reported.
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=== January 25, 2016: Impersonation of translator Michiko Watanabe ===
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ProZ.com member Michiko Watanabe, http://www.proz.com/profile/105179 , has reported that her name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is michikowatanabe2@gmail.com
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=== January 18, 2016: Impersonation of Ettore Peyrot from company "Ability Translations" ===
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A scammer is contacting translators pretending to be Ettore Peyrot from company "Ability Translations", http://www.proz.com/blueboard/5018 . Legitimate email addresses used by "Ability Translations" are hosted exclusively at the following domains: @traduzione-localizzazione.com , @localization-translation.com and @ability-mktg.com . Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/297121 for more information.
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=== January 15, 2016: Scammers pretending to represent company "Accent On Languages" ===
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A scammer pretending to represent company "Accent On Languages" has been reported. The scam consists in asking payment from translators in order to verify their identities, after they are sent an attractive job offer. These messages are being sent out from email addresses hosted at accentonlg.com and accent-on-languages.com . Similar scams have been reported recently, under company names "Hipay", "Q & A Research" and "Apex Translations". Note that the online payment form includes a Realtranslatorjobs.com banner, a scam website that has been around for several years.
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The payment form is hosted by Clickbank, an online marketplace that has a refund policy that can be can be used by anyone who has made a payment. If you have made a payment, you can request a refund by contact Clickbank support at https://www.clkbank.com/#!/ . Please see https://accounts.clickbank.com/return_policy.html for more information on their refund policy.
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Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/296989 for more information on this scam.
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=== January 6, 2016: Impersonation of company "Hipay" ===
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A scammer pretending to represent company "Hipay" has been reported. The scam consists in asking payment from translators in order to verify their identities, after they are sent an attractive job offer. Note that the page to make the payment includes a Realtranslatorjobs.com banner, a scam website that has been around for several years. See http://www.proz.com/topic/201643 for more information on that scam.
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The name used for these messages is "Lucia Venucci" and the email address is careers@hipaypanel.com . Similar scams have been reported recently, under company names "Q & A Research" and "Apex Translations".
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The scammers had posted a set of job postings last week, with these titles "Seeking experienced translators for 8k+ words & long-term cooperation", "Translators Wanted A.S.A.P", "English > Spanish, French, Russian - 8k words translation (ongoing)". Both job postings have been removed by now, and everyone who submitted a quote has been contacted.
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Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/296420 for more information.
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== December 2015 ==
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=== December 22, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Anthony Muller" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Anthony Muller" and email address vnkmuller2020@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== December 21, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Van Jong" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Van Jong" and email address jongvan5060@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== December 10, 2015: Fake CV under name "Manjiri Uemura" ===
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A potential fake CV with the following contact details has been reported: Manjiri Uemura / harumi.trans@yahoo.com / harumi111sophia@hotmail.com / uemura.manjiri@gmail.com
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=== December 9, 2015: Scammers pretending to represent company "Gengo" ===
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A second scam where scammers pretend to represent company "Gengo" has been reported. The scam consists in asking payment from translators in order to verify their identities, after they are sent an attractive job offer. Additionally, two fake versions of the Gengo website were created, at: http://gengo.ml/ and http://www.gengo-online.com/ (both websites are down now). The name on the email was "Yamal Kamal". Translators are being asked to create an account there, potentially as a phishing attempt.
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Please see http://www.proz.com/post/2495545#2495545 for more information.
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== November 2015 ==
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=== November 18, 2015: Potential advance payment scam using name "James Banks" ===
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A potential advance payment scam using name "James Banks" and email address jamesbanks1860@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== November 12, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Sarah Moore" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Sarah Moore" and email address smoore00725@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== November 5, 2015: Client impersonation under name "Xiao Wang" ===
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An impersonated client scam using name "Xiao Wang" and email address xiaowangwt@126.com has been reported. The scammer claims to represent a company by the name "Wonderful Translation Company", but does not. Please see http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/#impersonated_client_scam for more information on this type of scam.
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== October 2015 ==
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=== October 30, 2015: Impersonation of site member Donny Wang ===
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ProZ.com member Donny Wang, http://www.proz.com/profile/650600 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address being used by the scammer is Donny-Wang@hotmail.com
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=== October 28, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "John Mc Cullen" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "John Mc Cullen" and email addresses markvictry@gmail.com and jmprowx@yahoo.com has been reported.
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=== October 26, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Isidro Lopez" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Isidro Lopez" and email addresses wilsonpaul024@gmail.com and chilo97147@hotmail.com has been reported.
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=== October 22, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Tracy Johnson" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Tracy Johnson" and email address  creatorsales2016@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== October 6, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Agustin Mike" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Agustin Mike" and email addresses agustinemike84@outlook.com and vencan4@gmail.com  has been reported.
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== September 2015 ==
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=== September 30, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "John Fowler" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "John Fowler", email address j.fowler2020@gmail.com and address "7290 Beverly Boulevard" has been reported. This scam seems to be related to the one using name "David Klopp": http://www.proz.com/topic/288071
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=== September 29, 2015: Impersonation of company "Gengo" ===
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A scam pretending to represent company "Gengo" has been reported. The scam consists in asking payment from translators in order to verify their identities, after they are sent an attractive job offer. Additionally, a fake version of the Gengo website was created with a .ga domain. Translators are being asked to create an account there, potentially as a phishing attempt.
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Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/292091 for more information.
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=== September 28, 2015: Impersonation of company "Q & A Research" ===
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A scam pretending to represent company "Q & A Research" has been reported. The scam consists in asking payment from translators in order to verify their identities, after they are sent an attractive job offer. The name used for these messages is "Amanda Harrison" and the email address is careers@qandaresearch.com
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This scam is very similar to the one reported on http://proz.me/ek . That was reported a month ago, and the company being impersonated was "Apex Translations".
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Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/291868 for more information.
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=== September 28, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "Melissa Cantor" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Melissa Cantor" and email address melissac12251970@gmail.com has been reported. See http://www.proz.com/topic/292024 for more information.
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=== September 22, 2015: Scammer trying to extort payment in Bitcoin ===
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Two reports have been received today about a new kind of scam in which a scammer attempts to extort outsourcers by pretending to be an unpaid translator claiming payment. Two such reports were received, and each scam email was impersonating a different person. One set of contact information was "Aleksander Bulinski" / aleksander.bulinski@yahoo.co.uk , and the other was "Laura Robertson" / laura.robertson128@aol.com . Neither person is involved in this scam. This is the message being sent out by the scammer:
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Hi
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I am (name) from Ashland, 1401 Oregon St. #768, OR 97520,
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United States.
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In September 2014 I worked for you: translation from French to English of document: "Financial Disputes between companies Bloomin 'Brands and SC Johnson & Son".
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There were 5083 source words, therefore I deserved as payment:
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5083 words X $0.06 = $305.
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I sent you the invoice and you said you will pay me within 45 days (after delivery of the translation).
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Unfortunately I got sick seriously, namely: pulmonary tuberculosis.
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I stayed in the hospital "Asante Ashland Community Hospital" almost 1 year for treatment with: Isoniazid, Rifampin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol, Amikacin, Ethionamide, Moxifloxacin, Para-aminosalicylic acid and Streptomycin.
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Now I'm healthy.
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I checked my PayPal account, but it does not appear the amount of $ 305 as received from you.
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So you did not pay me for my work ($ 305).
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You must pay me for my work. Because now I have some problems with my account PAYPAL, please send me as payment 1 Bitcoin (1 BTC) into the account:
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1DNVirNZa3JLU94GLsTjECX8ZLkq3K7bgX
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In any case, 1 Bitcoin is less than $ 305.
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Waiting for payment (1 Bitcoin) within one week. If I will not receive payment within a week - I will send a message about your agency (that you are crooks and swindlers and you use the work of honest translators without  paying them) to:
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1. proz.com - http://www.proz.com/;
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2. translators cafe -http://www.translatorscafe.com;
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3. translator town - http://www.translatorstown.com/;
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4. translation directory - http://www.translationdirectory.com/;
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5. traduguide - http://www.traduguide.com/;
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6. Police in your city;
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7. FBI - https://www.fbi.gov/;
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8. the government agency in your country dealing with Internet crime
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(in this case - exploitation of honest translators by crooks of translation companies);
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9. the website Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/ (I will pay this website in order to display my message about your agency: that you are crooks and swindlers and you use the work of honest translators without paying  them);
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10. I will build a website and I will insert as content the story of my "collaboration" with your agency and the fact that you did not pay me and you are swindlers. Then I will  pay for promoting this website on Google (I  will pay to the website http://www.thesitewizard.com which will connect my website with 400,000 websites worldwide). Thus millions of Internet users will learn about your agency and the fact that you are swindlers (that  you use the work of honest translators without to pay);
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11. I have 10 million email addresses of people from all over the world. I have a software professional bulk email sender that allows me to send message to 1 million email addresses per day. During 10 days I will send  messages to these 10 million email addresses. Thus, 10 million citizens from all over the world will learn about your agency and the fact that you are swindlers (that you use the work of honest translators without to pay);
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12. I will send a message (with the description of the situation at your agency) to the 20 most important newspapers in your country;
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13. I will notify the US Embassy in your country about your offense (me being an American citizen).
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I warn you that I am not joking, and I am very decided to recover the money for my work: 1 Bitcoin.
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You can avoid the 13 points above if you will send me 1 Bitcoin (1 BTC) into the account:
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1DNVirNZa3JLU94GLsTjECX8ZLkq3K7bgX
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Waiting for payment
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Kind regards
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(name)
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Ashland, 1401 Oregon St. #768, OR 97520,
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United States.
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Note that in both cases the postal address and Bitcoin account are the same.
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=== September 22, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "Michael Butler" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Michael Butler" and email address mb12251960@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== September 15, 2015: New scam, reminiscent of the classic Nigerian scam ===
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A new scam reminiscent of the classic Nigerian scam has been reported recently. In this version, the scammer pretends to represent Lingo24 Translation Services, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/801 , but does not. The scammer uses name "James Henry" and email address joseph_wk26@yahoo.com . This is the message being sent out:
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New Campaign (Save a student)
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Nigeria, Africa's most populous country has a high illiteracy rate and a low GDP. We will raise funds online for Language studies students of Nigeria who can't afford to pay their tution. There are volunteers in Nigeria.  But in order to raise funds they need to create a gofundme.com fundraising campaign. Gofundme has only 2 withdrawal options- wepay and stripe. Wepay is supported in US and Canada. And Stripe is supported in UK, Australia and  a few European countries. So it's very difficult for Nigerians to raise funds online.
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Stripe is possibly supported in your country. Can you create a gofundme account for the volunteers? You can send money via western-union after withdrawing the funds from Stripe. We can pay you 10% of the total raised funds  for your services. If you agree to help the Nigerian volunteers to create a gofundme campaign, just send us an email to joseph_wk26@yahoo.com and let us know.
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Though it will take a few more weeks for you to get approved as a Lingo24 translator, you are already a member of Lingo24. And we will be grateful if you agree to help our volunteers."
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=== September 11, 2015: Apparent impersonation of a legitimate translator ===
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What seems to be the impersonation of a legitimate translator has been reported through site forums at http://www.proz.com/topic/290357 and http://www.proz.com/topic/290117 . The messages include a link to a Linkedin profile for a person presumably based in France, but the IP address on the messages indicates the person sending them is based in Jordan. The messages are signed "Charline Vuillet", the same name in the Linkedin profile.
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=== September 10, 2015: Impersonation of site user Christopher Burin ===
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It has been reported that a scammer is using name "Christopher Burin" and email address chrisburin79@gmail.com to contact freelancers. The name does actually belong to a genuine site user with a profile at http://www.proz.com/profile/110680 . However, he is no longer freelancing, so any offers you receive from chrisburin79@gmail.com - or from other e-mail addresses, purporting to be from "Christopher Burin" - are from the scammer and are fraudulent.
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=== September 9, 2015: Impersonation of site member Sameh Elnokaly ===
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ProZ.com member Sameh Elnokaly, http://www.proz.com/profile/1256162, has reported that his name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is s.elnokally@gmail.com . Please ask for a proof of identity and/or get in contact with with Sameh via Skype (s.elnokaly) or email: s.elnokaly@hotmail.com . That is the legitimate email address used by this translator.
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=== September 7, 2015: Scam under name "Berenice Legros" ===
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A scam using name "Berenice Legros" and email address berelegros@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer requested a translation and claimed payment was made using a forged bank note. This is related to a job posting that has since been removed, and all possible quoters have been informed.
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== August 2015 ==
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=== August 22, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "Ben Wheeler" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Ben Wheeler" and email address b.wheeler0808@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer was asking for the translation of a file on health care policy.
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=== August 19, 2015: Impersonation of company "Apex Translations" ===
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A scam involving the impersonation of legitimate company "Apex Translations", http://www.proz.com/blueboard/3606,  has been reported on site forums. Using names "Emily Phillips" and "Ameer Nassim", with email addresses emilyphilips.apex@gmail.com and ameernassim@gmail.com . This is the website they linked in their emails: http://www.apex-portal.ga/ (note it is a domain hosted in Gabon, Africa). Please visit these forum threads for more information on this operation: http://www.proz.com/topic/289796 and http://www.proz.com/topic/289808
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The scammers had posted a set of job postings last week, with these titles "French & Portuguese Translators Wanted", "Translators Wanted A.S.A.P",
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"Hiring Short or Long Term Translator". All job postings have been removed by now, and everyone who submitted a quote has been contacted.
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Keep in mind that job postings are approved as long as they meet site rules: http://www.proz.com/?sp=siterules&mode=show&category=jobs_posting . It is often not possible to determine if an offer is fraudulent or not before it is approved. When a fraudulent offer is identified, the community is warned about it.
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=== August 3, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "David Hooks" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "David Hooks" and email address david.hooks20@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer claims to represent company "Glenview Language Network", a company that doesn't seem to exist.
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== July 2015 ==
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=== July 25, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Mark Davis" ===
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An advance payment scam using contact information "Mark Davis" and email address markdv112@gmail.com has been reported. The message being sent out is the same as in the "Nigel Jennet" scam, reported yesterday. This is the message being sent out:
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Translation Work
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Hello!
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I am Mark Davis, a resident of Michigan,United States.I am writing you from Lisburn,UK where i am presently on an official visit.I will be making a presentation to some groups of French speaking people in Quebec, Canada on  the 30th of September,2015.However,i will need you to help in translating some documents from English to French,so each of my audience can have an extra copy in French language and they can follow through.The deadline for  the delivery of translations is September 4,2015.Please,let me have an estimate for the documents(see attached).I look forward to hearing back from you.
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Best Regards,
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Mark
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=== July 24, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Nigel Jennet" ===
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An advance payment scam using contact information "Nigel Jennet" and email address n.jennett2@gmail.com has been reported. Note that the contact information is similar to what was used in a scam reported in 2013: http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/249974-possible_new_advanced_payment_scam.html
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=== July 21, 2015: Scammer pretending to represent company A2Z Global LLC ===
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A scammer using name "Ronen Eliav" and email address roneneliav@yahoo.co.uk has been contacting translators pretending to represent company A2Z Global LLC, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/2303 . This person does not represent A2Z Global LLC.
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Note that "Ronen Eliav" is also the name of a legitimate translator, not connected to this scam.
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=== July 20, 2015: Stolen CV under names "Morten Aleksandersen" and "Ingrid Jørnsrud/Jornsrud" ===
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ProZ.com member Ingrid Thorbjørnsrud, http://www.proz.com/profile/763198 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The names used by the scammer are "Morten Aleksandersen" and "Ingrid Jørnsrud/Jornsrud", with email addresses morteen.aleksandersen@gmail.com and ingrid.trans2@gmail.com
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=== July 20, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "David Klopp" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "David Klopp" and email address davidoklopp@gmail.com has been reported. See the forum thread at http://www.proz.com/topic/288071 for more information.
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=== July 16, 2015: Impersonation of a translator ===
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ProZ.com member Michael Beijer, http://www.proz.com/profile/652138 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is michael.beijer24@gmail.com .
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=== July 8, 2015: Potential scam from email address workathandd@gmail.com ===
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A potential scam using email address workathandd@gmail.com and username "polaroid" has been reported. The messages were sent from a ProZ.com profile with membership, that has since been removed.
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=== July 6, 2015: Potential scam from email address iamthomasberkley@gmail.com ===
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A potential scam using email address iamthomasberkley@gmail.com and username "weekend" has been reported. The messages were sent from a ProZ.com profile with membership, that has since been removed.
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== June 2015 ==
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=== June 6, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "Myriam Sales" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Myriam Sales" and email addresses myriam.salesinc@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== June 2, 2015: Impersonation under email address aelisabeth82@gmail.com ===
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ProZ.com member e-beth, http://www.proz.com/profile/1023029 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is aelisabeth82@gmail.com
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== May 2015 ==
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=== May 27, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "John Luka" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "John Luka" and email addresses lukajohn69@gmail.com &  pouncy808@yahoo.com has been reported. The scammer contacted translators requesting a translation of articles on STD among teenagers.
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=== May 22, 2015: Impersonation under name "Daniel Yang" ===
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ProZ.com member William He, http://www.proz.com/profile/712367 , has reported that his CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is just "Daniel Yang" and the email address is daniyang3@gmail.com
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=== May 21, 2015: Continued impersonation ===
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It has been reported that the scammer impersonating ProZ.com user Rui Sosa ( http://www.proz.com/profile/125715 ) is still active, using email address alberto.rui110@gmail.com . This was originally reported a year ago: http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#May_27.2C_2014:_Impersonation_of_a_translator
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=== May 18, 2015: Scammer requesting a 50 EUR chèque de banque ===
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A potential scam using email address talktokilll@gmail.com , username "Kidominant" and signing as "Andy" has been reported. The messages requested that a cheque for 50 EUR was sent to the scammer, promising a refund. See http://www.proz.com/topic/285949 for more information.
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== April 2015 ==
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=== April 29, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "Walter Huff" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Walter Huff" and email address callmewaltxxl@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer contacted translators requesting a translation of articles on drug abuse and gun control.
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== March 2015 ==
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=== March 31, 2015: Invoice scams from email address 40049@bk.ru ===
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Many reports were made on http://www.proz.com/topic/283135 about a classic scam that is currently being targeted at translators and translation companies. It consists in an unknown person sending invoices for small amounts to companies, with the hopes of receiving payment when invoices are processed. Contact information included in this spate of emails is "Victor Vladimirovich Alexandrov" as name and 40049@bk.ru as email address. The invoices are sent through PayPal too, and can be cancelled there.
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=== March 26, 2015: Impersonation of a site member by Languagemet ===
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ProZ.com member Teresita Garcia Ruy Sanchez, http://www.proz.com/profile/1090 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses several email addresses that are not used by her: TeresitaSanchez12@yahoo.com, teresitaruy1@gmail.com & teresita.sanchez@outlook.sa
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Anyone who wants to contact Teresita Garcia Ruy Sanchez about this can send her a message through her ProZ.com profile, at http://www.proz.com/profile/1090
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=== March 12, 2015: Impersonation of a site member  ===
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ProZ.com member Ana Loncar, http://www.proz.com/profile/1636642 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer is using these email addresses: analoncar124@gmail.com & Ana-Loncar@hotmail.com
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=== March 5, 2015: Impersonation of a site member  ===
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ProZ.com member Zhonghui Shen, http://www.proz.com/profile/1028710 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is zhonghui.shen.tra@gmail.com
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== February 2015 ==
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=== February 3, 2015: Email addresses used by banned outsourcer 24translate.net  ===
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Banned outsourcer 24translate.net, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/40856 , has been reported to be contacting service providers from these email addresses: nahed@24translate.net and supertranslation81@gmail.com
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== January 2015 ==
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=== January 22, 2015: Impersonation from email address lauratrun337@gmail.com  ===
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Site members Laura&David Truncellito, http://www.proz.com/profile/37998 , have reported that their CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammers are using their joint CV, with just "Laura Truncellito" as name, and from email address lauratrun337@gmail.com
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=== January 15, 2015: Scammer operating under name Global Speech Company ===
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A potential overpayment scam has been reported to be sent from email address global.speech.company2@gmail.com , under the name "Karen Rowe". The claim that their address is Sarphatistraat 614 1018 AV Amsterdam, Netherlands, and that you need to send the invoice to invoice@globalspeech.co . But once you send the invoice, you discover that the email can't be sent and there's no such email address.
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See http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#March_26.2C_2014:_Overpayment_scam_from_Netherlands for a past alert sent for this scam, with different contact information.
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=== January 12, 2015: Scammer operating under name "Daniele Guiducci" ===
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A scammer using name "Daniele Guiducci" and email address daniele.guiducci2@hotmail.com has been reported. This scammer contacted outsourcers to get translation work, and hired translators to do the translations. The scammer delivered the translation received from the service provider, got paid, and did not pay the hired translator.
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=== January 9, 2015: Scammer operating under name "Rachel Coleman" ===
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It has been reported that company Translate Media, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/7536 , is being impersonated by a scammer using name "Rachel Coleman" and email address rachel.coleman@consultant.com
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=== January 8, 2015: CV hijacking under names "Robin Thompson" and "Li Thompson" ===
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Site members Laura&David Truncellito, http://www.proz.com/profile/37998 , have reported that their CV and company name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The names used by the scammer are "Robin Thompson" and "Li Thompson". The email address used by the scammer is robin.li.thompson@gmail.com
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== November 2014 ==
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=== November 13, 2014: CV hijacking under name "Rebecca Kapborg" ===
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ProZ.com member Helena Grahn, http://www.proz.com/profile/625790 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer is operating under name "Rebecca Kapborg" and email address rebecca.kapborg@yahoo.com
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=== November 6, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Thomas Greenbaum" ===
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An advance payment scam sent through profile emails has been reported. The messages were sent under name "Thomas Greenbaum", from a profile with username "koochiepoochie" and email address ThomasGreenbaum14240@gmail.com , and stated the sender was in search for a personal assistant.
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Note that the messages were sent through ProZ.com by a profile with membership. The profile has since been removed, but keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is a legitimate outsourcer. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.
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== October 2014 ==
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=== October 10, 2014: Impersonation of site member ===
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ProZ.com member Amanda Fearnley, http://www.proz.com/profile/1491380 , has reported that her name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers, with a fake CV. The email address used by the scammer is amandacharass@gmail.com
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There was an account registed on Proz.com with that email address, that has since been removed. Other (removed) accounts associated with it had these sets of contact information:
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Chloe Costantino , chloe4french@gmail.com <br>
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Eva Wouters, eva.wouters2@gmail.com <br>
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Kseina Alynikova, kseniakova12@gmail.com
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=== October 7, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Robert Denard" ===
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An advance payment scam sent through profile emails has been reported. The messages were sent under name "Robert Denard", from a profile with username "lucytrance" and email address lucytranceden@gmail.com , and stated the sender was in search for a personal assistant. You can find more information about this scam at http://www.proz.com/topic/275663
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Note that the messages were sent through ProZ.com by a profile with membership. The profile has since been removed, but keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is a legitimate outsourcer. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.
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=== October 6, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Williams Gaye" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Williams Gaye" and email address willygaye@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== October 3, 2014: CV hijacking under name "Abir Amos" ===
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ProZ.com user Mariana Lantzet, http://www.proz.com/profile/1332389 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Abir Amos" and the email address is ab.amos.111@gmail.com
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=== October 2, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "Terry Gilbert" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Terry Gilbert" and email addresses contact@mrterryg.com and terry@mrterryg.com  has been reported. See the forum thread at http://www.proz.com/topic/273418 for more information.
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== September 2014 ==
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=== September 29, 2014: Impersonation of a translator  ===
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ProZ.com member Heather Oland, http://www.proz.com/profile/125909 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is heather.e.oland@gmail.com
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=== September 25, 2014: Impersonation of translation company Bel Air Language Services  ===
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A scammer is contacting service providers claiming to represent Bel Air Language Services, a legitimate translation company listed at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/37445 . The scammer uses email addresses hosted at @bellair.net. At the moment, this set of contact information has been identified as used by this scammer: "Shabnam Jaberian", shabnamjaberian@bellair.net , shabnamjaberian2@bellair.net . The scammer had registered a profile on ProZ.com with username "belair_trns", which has been removed.
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=== September 18, 2014: Advance payment scam using names "Bruce King" and "Gabriel Byrne" ===
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These sets of names and email addresses have been reported to be advance payment scams: Bruce King , k.bruce9002@outlook.com ; Gabriel Byrne , gabriel.byrne117@gmail.com . In both cases, the email being sent to contact translators was:
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"HI, Can you help me and translate an article? Please confirm your  language combination ..Thanks"
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In general, only scammers contact a translator without knowing first what is their working language combination. That question is a sign for fraudulent offers.
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=== September 8, 2014: Potential advance payment scam using name "Lawrence MORENO" ===
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A potential advance payment scam using name "Lawrence MORENO" and email address lawrencelawn@outlook.com has been reported on site forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/274334
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== August 2014 ==
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=== August 7, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "Hendrick Wenzeslaus" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Hendrick Wenzeslaus" and email address hendycraftman@hotmail.com has been reported. The email being sent out to contact freelancers included a question about the language pairs the translator worked in. That is a sign of scammers, since legitimate outsourcers check language pairs before contacting a translator, not after.
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=== August 6, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "Mata Taylor" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Mata Taylor" and email address matataylor000@gmail.com has been reported on site forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/272990 . This is the message being sent out to contact freelancers:
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"Hello, I am Miss Mata Taylor, I got your e mail address from a online forum that you are an excellent translator, I guess you would have worked for them. I will like you to translate an article for me, but first i need to know your language combination because it was not stated. I will be very happy if you can reply my e mail ASAP.
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Thank You"
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== July 2014 ==
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=== July 29, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "Dave Jones" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Dave Jones" and email addresses djsoundsunlimited91@yahoo.com has been reported. The scammer requested a translation of a document "to create more awareness on STD among teenager and mother which will be distributed in pamphlet also an initiation of my late wife to help kids,orphans and mothers". When translators received a check for more than the cost of the services provided, the scammer requested them to "return the difference fund to because the surplus is need to help the victim of typhoon haiyan in Philippines also to provide cloth,food and shelter for less privilege kids".
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This is an example both of the writing style used by scammers and the stories they use to get service providers to lower their guards.
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=== July 28, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "Victor Sanchez" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Victor Sanchez" and email address vvicvictor@gmail.com has been reported. Note that the sender had registered a profile on ProZ.com, under username "likwidstate", and had purchased site membership. The profile has since been removed, but keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is legitimate. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.
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=== July 28, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "David Prentice" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "David Prentice" and email addresses daviprentice@gmail.com has been reported. Note that the name on the email address does not match the contact name exactly.
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=== July 21, 2014: Advance payment scam through a job posting ===
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Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/910696 has been reported to be an overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address were "Mercedes Pastor Segura" and seguramercedespastor@gmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on that job posting.
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=== July 21, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Ashley Lopez" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Ashley Lopez" and email addresses iamashleylopey@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== July 16, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Rick Johnson" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Rick Johnson" and email addresses rickjohnson0@hotmail.com has been reported on site forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/271931
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=== July 15, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Paul Carson" ===
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An advance payment scam using name " Paul Carson" and email addresses paulcarsonokay@gmail.com has been reported. Note that the sender had registered a profile on ProZ.com, under username "pooloffer", and had purchased site membership. The profile has since been removed, but keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is legitimate. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.
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=== July 15, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Maya Rigo" ===
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A potential advance payment scam using name "Maya Rigo" and email addresses mayarigo1@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== July 14, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Lauren Rose Ovens" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Lauren Rose Ovens" and email addresses londamason11@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== July 14, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Carlos Orellana" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Carlos Orellana" and email addresses carlosorllana@gmail.com has been reported.
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=== July 12, 2014: Advance payment scam through a job posting ===
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Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/913876 has been reported to be an overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address were "Carlos Garcia Aixela" and caixelagarcia@gmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on that job posting.
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=== July 11, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Paul Sharner" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Paul Sharner" and email addresses p.sharner8701@gmail.com. has been reported. The scammer contacted translators requesting a translation of articles on teen pregnancy and human trafficking.
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=== July 3, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Hendrick Wenzeslaus" ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Hendrick Wenzeslaus" and email addresses hendycraftman@hotmail.com has been reported.
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== June 2014 ==
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=== June 12, 2014: Advanced payment scam disguised as a request for a personal assistant ===
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A probable scam sent through profile emails has been reported this week. The messages were sent under name "Andrew Doyle", from email address andrewdoylee@gmail.com , and stated the sender was in search for a personal assistant. Part of the tasks of being a personal assistant was to receive payments by check and then transfer funds to a supposed agent through Western Union, which indicates this is a variant of the advance payment scam.
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Note that the messages were sent through ProZ.com, by a profile with membership. The profile has since been removed, but keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is legitimate. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.
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=== June 10, 2014: The CV of a site member with the name of another one ===
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ProZ.com member Anne Brulin, http://www.proz.com/profile/16010 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Stéphanie Soudais", with email addresses stephaniesoudais83@gmail.com and Stephanie.Soudais@hotmail.com . Note that Stéphanie Soudais is the name of a ProZ.com member, http://www.proz.com/translator/132717 , and those email addresses are not the ones she uses.
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== May 2014 ==
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=== May 27, 2014: Impersonation of a translator ===
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ProZ.com user Rui Sousa, http://www.proz.com/profile/125715 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is  alberto.rui110@gmail.com
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=== May 26, 2014: Impersonation of a translator ===
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ProZ.com member Geneviève Gillet-Ghenne, http://www.proz.com/profile/1513186 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is Genevieve.G101@hotmail.com
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=== May 20, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Alexander Lynch" ===
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An advance payment scam under name "Alexander Lynch", using email address virtual.4.emp@gmail.com , has been reported.
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=== May 14, 2014: Impersonation under name "Mirna Salgueiro" ===
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ProZ.com member Heloísa Helena Benetton Costa, http://www.proz.com/profile/33389 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Mirna Salgueiro" and the email address is Mirna.Salgueiro@gmail.com
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=== May 13, 2014: Impersonation by Languagemet ===
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ProZ.com member Loay Al-Dakhlallah, http://www.proz.com/profile/21683 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer, Languagemet, to contact outsourcers.
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=== May 12, 2014: Advance payment scam ===
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This set of information has been reported to be used by an advance payment scammer: "Wayne Cole", waynecole1984@gmail.com, phone number: (424) 261-3509 . This is the message sent to a translator as a reply to a request for a phone number:
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(424) 261-3509.
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Title: RACISM AND PREJUDICE
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Number of words: 17266
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Deadline: 1st june, 2014
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Mode of Payment: Check.
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Audience : General Public
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A copy of the document is attached, Kindly email me with the quote
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Thanks,
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Wayne Cole
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(424) 261-3509​
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=== May 3, 2014: Impersonation of site user ===
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ProZ.com member e-beth, http://www.proz.com/profile/1023029 , has reported that her CV and full name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is aelisabeth82@gmail.com . The scammer sometimes signs emails as "Elizabeth".
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=== May 2, 2014: Impersonation of site user ===
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ProZ.com member Lucie Maruniakova, http://www.proz.com/translator/855551 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used by the scammer are luciemaruniakova@hotmail.com and luciemaruniakova1@gmail.com
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== April 2014 ==
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=== April 30, 2014: Impersonation by 24translate.net ===
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Gianluca Cocorullo has reported that his CV, name and identity card are being used by a scammer linked to 24translate.net to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used by the scammer are gianlucacocorullo2@gmail.com and Gianluca.Cocorullo@hotmail.com
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=== April 21, 2014: Impersonation of site user ===
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ProZ.com user HERBET Abel, http://www.proz.com/translator/1595450 , has reported that his name and CV are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by this scammer is abel.herbet.work@hotmail.com
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=== April 18, 2014: Advance payment scammer posing as a student ===
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An advance payment scam using name "Terry Mcbridge" or "Terry Mcbride" and email addresses jt2282185@gmail.com , terryz9one001@hotmail.com has been reported. In this case, the scammer is posing as a student.
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=== April 15, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Joe Taylor" ===
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This set of information has been reported to be used by an advance payment scammer: "Joe Taylor",  joe_taylor47@aol.com . This is the message being sent out to contact translators:
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Hello,
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I'm Joe Taylor,I  got your email from the website
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(http://www.atanet.org/) that you are a competent translator. I
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have an article I want you to help me translate from (English into
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Japanese).I would like to know your terms and how much it would
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cost for the article? I have attached the article to this email so
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you could check and let me know how long it would take to get it
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translated? Hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
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Sincerely,
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Joe Taylor.
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=== April 11, 2014: set of names used for an advance payment scam ===
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A set of advance payment scams coming from email address gybardey@hotmail.com have been reported on forum thread http://www.proz.com/topic/262354 . Some of the names being used by the scammer are "Monica Johnson" are "Mariam Brown".
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=== April 10, 2014: Impersonation of a site member ===
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ProZ.com member julie08065, http://www.proz.com/profile/912641 , has reported that her name and CV are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used by the scammer are russian.hebrew.translator@gmail.com,languagepower1@gmail.com, localization.world.team@gmail.com and translation.world.monitor@gmail.com
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=== April 9, 2014: Impersonation of a site member ===
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ProZ.com member Antonietta Di Gianni, http://www.proz.com/profile/801358 , has reported that her full name, and old CV and cover letter are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used by the scammer are  antonietta.g.work@hotmail.com, antonietta.gwork1@gmail.com and freelancer.monitor1@gmail.com . You can find more information about this on site forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/255994
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== March 2014 ==
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=== March 27, 2014: Probable scam reported on site forums ===
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A probable scam has been reported on ProZ.com forums: http://www.proz.com/post/2280835 . This is the email sent out to contact translators for this case, from email address florawilce12@gmail.com :
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Hello
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How are you doing today i came across your email on
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translators site
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www.ncta.org
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I will kindly want to know the language your language
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combinations,translate into from English ?
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--
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Flora Wilce
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4900 Fernvale Rd Bakersfield, CA
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Bakersfield, CA 93306
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6829365269
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Best Regards
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=== March 26, 2014: Impersonation of a translator ===
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ProZ.com member Moofi, http://www.proz.com/profile/20097 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. Email addresses used by the scammer are sabinawaszek2@gmail.com, sabinawaszek1@gmail.com and sabinawaszek@hotmail.com
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=== March 7, 2014: Overpayment scam with name "Jose Cazorla Jimenez" ===
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Job postings http://www.proz.com/job/859660 and http://www.proz.com/job/863579 have been reported to be overpayment scams. The postings have been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address for them were "Jose Cazorla Jimenez" and jimenezCjose@hotmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on those postings.
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=== March 6, 2014: Overpayment scam from South Africa ===
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An overpayment scam has been reported to be sent from email address teresalartuna@live.com , under name "Teresa Lartuna". The message was sent from an IP address from South Africa.
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=== March 26, 2014: Overpayment scam from Netherlands ===
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An overpayment scam has been reported to be sent from email address global.speech.company@gmail.com, under the name "Samanta Howe". The claim that their address is Sarphatistraat 614 1018 AV Amsterdam, Netherlands, and that you need to send the invoice to invoice@globalspeech.co . But once you send the invoice, you discover that the email can't be sent and there's no such email address.
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== February 2014 ==
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===February 27, 2014: Overpayment scam through a job posting ===
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Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/857749 has been reported to be an overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address were "Roland Krenn" and Rnn4267K@hotmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on that job posting.
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===February 20, 2014: Overpayment scam from a "Jonathan Cowan" ===
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An advanced payment scam was reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/264775 . The message was sent under name "Jonathan Cowan", from email address jonathancowan38@yahoo.com . The message was:
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Hello ,I am Jonathan Cowan, I am a sociologist, i found your e mail address on the translator website, that you are a Translator, i will like you to translate an article for me,
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i have attached the article,  i will like the article to be translated to French . I will like to know the cost of translating the article, and the deadline is 25th of March 2014.
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I will be waiting for your reply.
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Thank You
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Jonathan Cowan
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===February 14, 2014: Overpayment scam through a job posting ===
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Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/861116 has been reported to be overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address were "Romo Massimiliano" and t23f3mw@hotmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on that job posting.
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===February 3, 2014: Impersonation of ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member DianeGM, http://www.proz.com/profile/586676 , has reported that her CV, her name and her picture is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is digitaaltranslatins@gmail.com
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== January 2014 ==
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=== January 28, 2014: Advance payment scam under name “David Benson” ===
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An advance payment scam was reported through the support system. In this case, the name used by the scammer was “David Benson”, and the email address used was dbenson39@yahoo.com
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=== January 20, 2014: Overpayment scam as a job posting, by "Mattias Gillgren" ===
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Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/852005 has been reported to be overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address was "Mattias Gillgren" and gillgren6gillgren@gmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on those postings.
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=== January 16, 2014: Overpayment scam as a job posting, by "Gisela Hentges" ===
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Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/850514 has been reported to be overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address was "Gisela Hentges" and load25427@hotmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on those postings
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=== January 13, 2014: Fraudulent profile messages by a "paultwinee" ===
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A scam has been reported to be sent through profile messages through site forums and the support system today. The message was sent by user "paultwinee" from email address paultwinee@gmail.com . The profile that sent it has been removed, but it was located at http://www.proz.com/profile/1871267 . Note that the profile had purchased membership before sending out the profile messages. Keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is legitimate. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.
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This is the message being sent out by the scammer:
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Hi,
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I am willing to employ a competent individual to become my
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Part-time Personal Assistant.
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Would you be interested?
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If yes, email me and i will respond with a detailed job
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description.
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Warm regards,
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Paul
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=== January 13, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Jensen Rolf" ===
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An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was "Jensen Rolf", and the email address used was rolf.jensen58@yahoo.com . The scammer replied to quotes stating that he had cancer and was seeking treatment in South Africa. This continues to be a sure sign to identify scams. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs/818368
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=== January 9, 2014: Impersonation under name "Mario Greenway" ===
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ProZ.com member Marion Greenway, http://www.proz.com/profile/1014754 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Mario Greenway" and the email address is mariogreenway00@gmail.com
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== December 2013 ==
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=== December 18, 2013: Advance payment scam using name "Tom Novak" ===
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An advance payment scam was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was “Tom Novak”, and the email address used was novaktomg@gmail.com.
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=== December 18, 2013: Advance payment scam using name "Alan Weigel" ===
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An advance payment scam was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Alan Weigel, and the email address used was weigel.alan55@gmail.com
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=== December 16, 2013: Advance payment scam using name "Suzan Lizzy" ===
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An advance payment scam was reported through the forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/260891 . In this case, the name used by the scammer is Suzan Lizzy, and the email addresses used are suzanlizzy20@yahoo.com and suzanlizzy39@yahoo.com
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=== December 13, 2013: Advance payment scams as job postings ===
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Job postings http://www.proz.com/job/837338 and http://www.proz.com/job/834712 have been reported to be overpayment scams. The postings have been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address for them were "Abraham Werner" and wernerham55@hotmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on those postings.
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=== December 6, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Mohamed Rehan, http://www.proz.com/profile/1651573 , has reported that his CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The names used by the scammer are "Haneen (Ahmed) Yousef", "Haneen Yousef"and "Haneen Said", using email addresses: haneentranslation@gmail.com, tr.haneen@gmail.com, and translation.services88@hotmail.com
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== November 2013 ==
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=== November 28, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member marie-christine périé, http://www.proz.com/profile/68168 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "John Adams" and the email address is johnadamj1@gmail.com
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=== November 22, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member  Sameh Elnokaly, http://www.proz.com/profile/1256162, has reported that his name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is  sameh_elnokaly@aol.com and the phone number included in his messages is fake. This is the message sent out by the scammer:
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Subject: Italian to English 15,000 word Project - Call for
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Translators
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To: 
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Dear Translators,
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I am writing this emailing to enquiry about your availability to
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translate a 15,000 word project which will be divided between
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several Italian translators.
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My client is requesting this translation, but since I translate
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only English into Arabic I am looking for a long term Italian
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Partner.
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No CAT Tools are required for this project and the subject is in
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the contract field.
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The deadline for this project is Thursday Noon/Evening.
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When replying to this email please write the amount of words that
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you can handle for the above date.
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Thank you for your collaboration.
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Venlig Hilsen / Kind Regards / Cordiali Saluti
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=== November 12, 2013: Scammer from Gaza ===
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Company Arcadia Translations, http://www.arcadia-t.com/ , has reported that their name is being used to contact service providers by emai. The email address used by the scammer is fadi.mohd90@gmail.com , and the IP on the email addresses locates them in Gaza, like many other scams. This is the message being sent:
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Hello
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I'm working at  Arcadia translation company. Our company
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offers many kinds of  the translation services , I am very
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pleased to establish business with you, where I
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work as a project coordinator  between the client and the
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translator
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We are building our database of translators nowadays ,
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hopfully to work with each other soon. Kindly , if you would
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to join our database , please send me
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your CV and cover  letter.
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fadi.mohd90@gmail.com via this Email :
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looking for a positive reply.
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Regards . Fadi mohd
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=== November 12, 2013: Impersonation of a site member ===
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ProZ.com member Alexa Dubreuil-Storer, http://www.proz.com/profile/58305 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Nicole Morisette" and the email address is nicole.morisette@gmail.com
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=== November 8, 2013: Advanced payment scams through job postings ===
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Job postings http://www.proz.com/job/828923 and http://www.proz.com/job/829709 have been reported to be overpayment scams. The postings have been removed from ProZ.com now. The name and email address for them were "Prohn Günter", prohnctv@hotmail.com ; and "Thomas Daniel", daniel.daniel30@gmx.fr
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=== November 7, 2013: Advanced payment scam ===
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An advanced payment scam was reported on site forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/258920 . In this case, the name used by the scammer was Dr. David Bone. The message being sent out was:
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Hello Melanie,
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I am Dr. David Bone by name,I got your email from atanet.org that you are
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a translator.
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I have this article i want you to help me translate from (English--German).
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I would like to know your terms and how much it would cost for the article?
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Hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
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Dr. David Bone
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=== November 1, 2013: Scammer operating under various names ===
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AZZ Translation / Charles Azzopardy / Tecco Translations have been identified as identities used by a scammer contacting translators. These are the Blue Board records linked to those names: http://www.proz.com/blueboard/38864 , http://www.proz.com/blueboard/34805 , http://www.proz.com/blueboard/38729  . Other identities used by this scammer include the names David Higbee, Adam Matthews, among others that have not yet been identified. Note that these names are also used by legitimate translators. If you are contacted by a person with that name, make sure you are dealing with the legitimate translator.
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More information about this scam can be found at http://www.jrdias.com/jrd-translator-scammers.htm#notes
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== October 2013 ==
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=== October 29, 2013: CV theft under name Alba Felix ===
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ProZ.com member Adriana Latronico, http://www.proz.com/profile/61289 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The CV includes name "Alba Felix" as well as her own, and is being sent from email address albatrans30@gmail.com
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=== October 28, 2013: Attempt to gather data under name "Reham" ===
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A new attempt by the impersonating scammers operating from Palestina to collect information from translators. This time they use the name Reham  and email addresses reham@24translate.net, and speed4translation@gmail.com and the message says:
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Thank you for your email.
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I'm sorry for my little demand but we have a small request of one of our clients. Can you translate the words in red in Russian and deliver it asap.
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Rate 0.04 USD/SW
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I will send the PO after receiving the final confirmation.
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Many thanks for your answer
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Regards
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Reham
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=== October 18, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Alexander Schleber has reported that his name, CV and qualifications are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses the name amy dan and claims to belong to 'Schleber & Co. bvba' using the email address amydan98@gmail.com
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<br>
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=== October 17, 2013: Overpayment attempt from ‘kevin C. Bruns’===
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A job was posted at ProZ.com earlier this week by ‘kevin C. Bruns’ with email address kevinC.bruns@yahoo.com and the text “Translator who can translate a law file from English to French should kindly apply. Applications without a CV cannot be accepted.”
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<br><br>
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A colleague who applied received the following email:
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“Thank you for your response. I am fighting with cancer at the moment and mostly in the hospital. I accept your quote and i am pleased to tell you that
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i choose you to work on the project. My method of Payment is a euro bank Check. If you will agree with me,kindly let me know”
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Payment in euro bank check by someone who claims to live in the U.S. is very suspicious, while “fighting a cancer” is the signature for a known “advance payment” scam. Translators are advised to stay away from this “job”.
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<br>
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=== October 15, 2013: Phishing attempt ===
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A phishing attempt to get login details from hosting clients is being sent by an alleged 'CPanel Network Server Monitor´ from the address administrator@traduction-ortho.com with the text:
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Subject:      Fatal ERROR! Data lost risk!
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Message from CPanel Network Server Monitor
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Item:  DRIVER=MYSQL Server; MYSQL Result: Fatal ERROR! Data lost risk!
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Explanation:  ERROR: Opening connection to database, ADO error: Unspecified error MYSQL Server does not exist or access denied.
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To resolve this issue, please, restart MySQL Server, using this URL: {URL to the scammer's page}
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Remember that a service provider will never ask you to submit your username and password. Also, any legitimate ProZ.com hosting emails should come from an @proz.com email address.
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<br>
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== September 2013 ==
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=== September 25, 2013: Impersonation of a company ===
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Company Eurologos Toronto, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/4317 , has reported that their name is being used by a scammer to contact service providers. The email address used by the scammer is soniaeurologos@gmail.com . Keep in mind that said company only uses email address hosted at eurologos-toronto.com.
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=== September 24, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Pasquale Capo, http://www.proz.com/profile/2203 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is pasqual1capo@gmail.com.
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=== September 19, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member DavidH, http://www.proz.com/translator/119147 , has reported that his name and CV are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is david.higbee@gmx.com.
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=== September 17, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member  ===
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ProZ.com member Lara Barnett, http://www.proz.com/profile/1213228 , has reported that her name, CV and qualifications are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used are lara.barnett@yahoo.com, lara.barnet.1@gmail.com and lara.barnet.2@gmail.com. The only email addressed used by Lara Barnett are larabarnett@gmail.com and lara@lingocraft.co.uk.
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=== September 12, 2013: Overpayment scams through job postings  ===
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Job postings http://www.proz.com/job/806410 and http://www.proz.com/job/811208 have been reported to be overpayment scams. The postings have been removed from ProZ.com now. The name and email address for them was "Roland Abraham", rolandabraham121@gmail.com ; and "Henry Aurélie", aureliehenry270@gmail.com .
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=== September 6, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Ingo Dierkschnieder, http://www.proz.com/profile/66920 , has reported that his CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Aldo Emil", and the email addresses used by the scammer are  aldo.emil1@yahoo.com, as.trans.comp1@gmail.com and aldoemil.tr@gmail.com
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== August 2013 ==
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=== August 30, 2013: Advanced payment scams with a text on agriculture ===
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Job postings http://www.proz.com/job/799690 and http://www.proz.com/job/803824 have been reported to be advanced payment scams. Both requested the translation of a file from the OECD on agriculture. The postings have been removed from ProZ.com now. The name and email address for them was "Danz Vincent", danz0vincent55@gmail.com ; and "Jorg Arnold", jorg.arnold55@gmail.com .
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=== August 22, 2013: Impersonation of ProZ.com member "ChicagoPhDs" ===
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A couple of eagle-eyed agencies (thank you!) have alerted us to another CV scam. ProZ.com member ChicagoPhDs http://www.proz.com/profile/81120, has discovered that modified materials from their wife/husband translation team CV (until recently openly available through their ProZ profile portal) are being used by scammers to contact translators and translation companies. The names used by the scammer are "Hisayo Shikakura" and "Gavin W. Hougham," and the scammer's email address is listed as '''phd.hisayo.gavin.jap@gmail.com'''. Both of those names belong to real ProZ members dba ChicagoPhDs, but the real members do not use that gmail email address. The modified fake MSWord CV lists "Beso" as the author in the "Properties" section. To the best of our knowledge our ProZ profile and contact emails (anomi3@yahoo.com, ghougham@yahoo.com) have not been compromised, so please contact us only through those emails or directly through our ProZ profile.
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=== August 21, 2013: Advanced payment scam ===
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An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was "jose Luis Perez Santamaria", and the email address used was jose.luis.p.santamaria@gmail.com. The scammer replied immediately to quotes stating that he had cancer. This continues to be a sure sign to identify scams. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/job/803644
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=== August 15, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Gwynneth George, http://www.proz.com/profile/37108 , has reported that her CV is being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies. The name used by the scammer is "Laura White", and the email address is laurawhite.translator@gmail.com . Fake contact information included in the modified CV used by the scammer is "Date of Birth: February 5, 1965 Address: B219, East Dulwich, London/UK. Tel: +44(0) 7984 245 442"
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=== August 8, 2013: Overpayment scam through PayPal ===
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An overpayment scam has been reported. It was sent with the name "Tamara Nicole", and from email addresstam96nic_24@hotmail.com. A translation was requested on the subject of guidance to good health. Overpayment in this case was proposed through PayPal, in this message:
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I just remembered that my transfer limit starts from USD 750. So, I will transfer the payment to your account and I will have your word that you will return the excess money to me after the payment.
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I really  need the job done and am really out of time.
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Please reply so I will know your decision.
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=== August 7, 2013: Impersonation of company Crystal Samples ===
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It was reported that company Crystal Samples, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/20701 , is being impersonated by a scammer. If you are contacted by Crystal Samples, by a person using email address crystal.samples@gmx.com or crystal.samplese@gmail.com, please report it to site staff so action can be taken. Please see http://www.proz.com/post/2131736#2131736 for more information.
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=== August 5, 2013: Advanced payment scam ===
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An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Tomas Gonzalez Ruiz, and the email address used was gonzalezruizt@gmail.com. The scammer replied immediately to quotes stating that he had cancer, and was seeking treatment in Cape Town. This continues to be a sure sign to identify scams. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/job/794236
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== July 2013 ==
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=== July 30, 2013: Samples of messages sent out by Translation Secrets ===
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This message has been reported as being sent out by Translation Secrets, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 , from email address S.Khafaja@translationsecrets.com :
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Dear freelancer,
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I am a project manager in a translation secrets company, I am interested to work with you and I am looking for excellent freelancer translators who can translate Italian > Portuguese and vice versa.  Freelancers must have the following qualifications.
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1- Can finish the project within the agreed upon period
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2- Have an experience of at least one year.
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We are searching for the best to collaborate with us now and in the future. If you are interested please send your CV and cover letter to email S.Khafaja@translationsecrets.com
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you can get more information about my company from link http://www.translationsecrets.com/
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Looking forward to hearing from you
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If that message is replied to, they will send this authorization agreement:
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Authorization and Agreement
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Can you give us permission, authorization and agreement in order for us to send your CV to our clients?
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If yes, we will remove your contact details to avoid direct contacts with clients. In this case, we will use a free email, in which we will include your CV in order to receive projects and therefore we  will reply on your behalf. 
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We can also email your certificates if needed to clients on your behalf. We will give you the projects and in cases when you are not available, we will give the projects to other translators.
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If you agree, you will be considered as a close team member and consequently you will be eligible for any developmental plan. This is part of group work based on mutual cooperation because the translation  market is full of competition.
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Please let me know so that we start work. If you agree, sign this authorization and agreement document.
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Your name
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Your signature
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=== July 29, 2013: Overpayment scam including a text on child trafficking ===
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An overpayment scam has been reported. It was sent with the name "Louis GERRARD", and from email address louis.gerrardxxl@gmail.com. A translation was requested, on the subject of child trafficking.
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=== July 22, 2013: Overpayment scam including a text on adolescence ===
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An overpayment scam has been reported. It was sent with the name "Terry James", and from email address chineryzone001@hotmail.com . The message included an attachment titled "ADOLESCENCE" and read:
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SERVICES NEEDED
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Dear Sir/Ma,
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Good Morning to you and am Terry James
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Translators,Writer,Editor and Proofreader is needed urgently....If you are a translator check the document attach to this mail and let me know if you can translate it from English to Spanish,French,German  or what is your language combination i mean from English to which language can you translate to.
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But if you are a Writer,Editor and Proofreader get back to me so i can send you the document you are to edit and proofread?
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So get back to me if you are available and i will like you review the document attach and let me know how much you charge per page or words.I will be waiting till i hear back from you.
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Kind Regards,
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TJ.
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Terry James
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202 Tours Street
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Lafayette, Louisiana 70506
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=== July 15, 2013: Impersonation of ProZ.com member C.Nanz ===
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ProZ.com member C.Nanz, http://www.proz.com/profile/1434710 , has reported that her name and CV are being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies. Email addresses known to be used by the scammer are carolin.nanz@hotmail.com and carolin.nanz.lang@gmail.com. The only legitimate email addresses used by this translator are hosted at her professional websites: nanz-translations.com and nanz-uebersetzungen.de.
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=== July 10, 2013: Translation Secrets sending translation tests including the logo of a legitimate company ===
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It was reported that known scammers Translation Secrets, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 , is sending out translation tests including the logo for Lingo24 Ltd., a legitimate company. Note that there is no connection between Translation Secrets and Lingo24. You can find the Blue Board record for Lingo24 Ltd. here: http://www.proz.com/blueboard/801 . The messages including those tests were sent out with name Mohammed Alkurd, from email address alkurd09@gmail.com
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== June 2013 ==
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=== June 28, 2013: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Patrizia Cipolla ===
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ProZ.com member Patrizia Cipolla, http://www.proz.com/profile/100185 , has reported that her name and CV are being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies. Email addresses known to be used by the scammer are patrizia101cipolla@gmail.com , freelancernewman@gmail.com , pcipolla101@hotmail.com . The only email addresses used by Patrizia Cipolla are patrizia.cipolla@libero.it and patriziacipolla@gmail.com . If you are contacted in her name from any other email address, please report it to site staff.
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=== June 25, 2013: Impersonation of company LanguageWire ===
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It was reported through the support system that company LanguageWire is being impersonated by a scammer (Languagemet). If you are contacted by LanguageWire, with contact name Sara Tomson and email address sara.thomson88@gmail.com, please report it to site staff so action can be taken.
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=== June 7, 2013: Advanced payment scam ===
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An advanced payment scam sent through profile messages was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Eric Marchal, and the email address used was marchalericmood@gmx.fr. The job poster had registered a profile (now removed) on ProZ.com as well, with username "Ericwork".
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== May 2013 ==
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=== May 29, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Isabel Freitas has reported that her CV and cover letter are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses email addresses isabel.portuguese7@gmail.com and isabel.portuguese@hotmail.com
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=== May 28, 2013: Advanced payment scam ===
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An advanced payment scam was reported through the support system. The name being used for the scam was "Nigel Jennett", and the email address n.jennett1@gmail.com . The message being sent out was:
 +
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Greetings!
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 +
I'm Nigel Jennett, based in Atlanta,Georgia State in the
 +
U.S.A.I'll be making a presentation to some groups of Hebrew
 +
speaking people in Tel Aviv,Israel on the 12th of
 +
July,2013.However,i will need you to help me translate some
 +
documents from English to Hebrew,so each of my audience can have a
 +
copy in their local language and they can follow through.The
 +
deadline for the delivery of translations is July
 +
9,2013.Please,let me have an estimate for the documents(see
 +
attached).I look forward to hearing back from you soon.
 +
 +
Best Regards,
 +
Nigel
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=== May 24, 2013: Advanced payment scam by a "salesattendant7" ===
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An advanced payment scam sent through profile messages was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Fried Morhart, and the email address used was salesattendant77@outlook.com. The job poster had registered a profile (now removed) on ProZ.com as well, with username "salesattendant7".
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=== May 20, 2013: Impersonation ===
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Proz.com member Sara Brown, http://www.proz.com/profile/111349 , has reported that her CV is being sent out by scammers (Languagemet) contacting translators and translation companies. The email addresses known to be used by the scammer are dreine60@gmail.com and sarabrown249@gmail.com
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=== May 16, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Imme Haage, http://www.proz.com/profile/82680 has reported that her name is being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies. The email addresses known to be used by the scammer are imme.haage@yahoo.com and translation.work99@gmail.com
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=== May 15, 2013: Impersonation by Languagemet ===
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ProZ.com member Annemieke Blondeel, http://www.proz.com/profile/1094155 , has reported that her name is being used by scammers (Languagemet) contacting translators and translation companies. An email address known to be used by the scammer is annemieke.a.l.blondeel@hotmail.com
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=== May 14, 2013: Advanced payment scam ===
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An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Antonio Cilleros Sanchez, and the email address used was cilleros.sanchez@gmx.es. The scammer replied immediately to quotes stating that he had cancer. This continues to be a sure sign to identify scams. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs/766796
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=== May 14, 2013: Impersonation of an outsourcer ===
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Company W&R Linguistic Services, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/11044 , has reported being impersonated by a person using the name "Shiona Oldham " and email address wr.linguistics.trans@gmail.com . Keep in mind that said company only uses email address hosted at wilkes-rowe.com
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=== May 9, 2013: Impersonation by Languagemet ===
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ProZ.com member Gema Pedreda, http://www.proz.com/profile/995024has reported that her name is being used by scammers (Languagemet) contacting translators and translation companies, on http://www.proz.com/post/2135209#2135209 . The email addresses known to be used by the scammer are  gema.pedreda@gmail.com and g.pedreda@yahoo.com
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=== May 3, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Sarai Pahla has reported that her name and CV are being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies, on http://www.proz.com/topic/248243 . An email address known to be used by the scammer sarai.pahla@gmail.com . Sarai lists the only email addresses she uses on the forum post I linked.
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== April 2013 ==
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=== April 23, 2013: Advanced payment scam with a text on child abuse ===
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An advanced payment scam was reported through the support system. The name being used for the scam was "Nuvo Wolfsberg", and the email address nuvo.wolfsberg@gmail.com . The message being sent out was:
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Dear Translator,
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I got your contact from http://www.vzv.info and your service is needed urgently for the translation of an article, I want the document titled CHILD ABUSE worth 10,382 word to be translated from English to  Dutch with the fixed deadline date (15/06/2013).
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Here are the details about the document:
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Source Language: English
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Target Language: Dutch
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Subject: Child Abuse
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Total Word Count: 10,382
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Delivery Date: June 15th, 2013
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Please confirm to me on your availability for this project including the following:
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* Your price rate per source word
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* Mode of payment
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* Terms and conditions that surrounds your service.
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I await your mail while i supply you with more detail.
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Best Regards,
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Nuvo Wolfsberg
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=== April 23, 2013: Advanced payment scam directed at interpreters ===
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An advanced payment scam was reported through the support system. The name being used for the scam was "Edmonds Bate" and "Ed Bate", and the email address ed_bate06@hotmail.com . The message being sent out was:
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Hi,
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My wife and two daughters will be visiting Mississauga ON in May 20th 2013,i need a reputable french translator,kindly write about your self and the couple of works you have done.
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Let me tell you a little more about my family.
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My daughter's names are Lizzy Edmond's,19 Judy Edmond's she is 21 years,both single.they don't drink or smoke,their hobbies are reading,swimming for fun and playing golf most of the time. My Full Name: Mr.  Edmond's Bate, and my wife's name: Keisha Edmond's We have been happily married for over 40 years now and we are richly blesses with two daughters.
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We are very happy families and my kids are very nice and respectful and responsible. We live in UK, I worked with UN in the UK while my wife is a Nurse.
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Hoping to hear from you.
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Ed.
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=== April 22, 2013: Modified "Nigerian" scam ===
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A modified "Nigerian scam" was reported as being sent through profile message. The email address was mrjackalex1@yahoo.fr and the name was "Mr Jack Alex" or "Alex Inter Sarl". The IP address locates the sender in Benin, Africa. This is the message being sent out:
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Dear Friend,
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I am Mr.Jack Alex, I want to know if you can allow me invest
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my money in your company as your partner.
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I have been into real estate business for many years until
 +
my recent retirement following my doctor's advice for me to
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avoid any form of stress because of my failing health.
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please tell me, can you invest my money for me? if you
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agree, we shall both share the total annual profit.
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I am contacting you for this Because I do not want any of my
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family member to be aware of this, I therefore demand you
 +
treat this very confidential.
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I will give you details of the funds and the transfer as
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soon as I receive your response.
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I seek for your corporation and sincerity towards this
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business. Please contact me immediately via email:
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mrjackalex1@yahoo.fr with your complete names
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,age,occupation, address, and numbers (Phone and Fax)
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Most Regard.
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Mr.Jack Alex,
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22997736478
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=== April 16, 2013: Another advanced payment scam ===
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An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Gervais Frederic, and the email address used was gervais.frederic@gmx.com. The scammer replied immediately to quotes stating that he had cancer. This continues to be a sure sign to identify scams. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs/756254
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=== April 16, 2013: Advanced payment scam ===
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An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Giuseppe Calcagno, and the email address used was calcalcagno@aol.de. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/job/758663
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The scammer replied to quotes with this message:
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Hello (name),
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Thank you for your response. I am fighting with cancer and mostly in the hospital.This text is private for my client and not to be published in anyway.
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I accept your quote of (proposed price) and delivery  date also i am pleased to tell you that i choose you to work on the project.
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My client method of Payment is a Euro bank Cheque. If you will agree with me, let me know so i can email to you my information  for invoice and you can start.
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I hope to hear from you soon.
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Regards
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=== April 15, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Beatriz Cirera has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The CV has been modified to include this contact information:
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<br>
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Te.: 54 3572 527921 <br>
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Fax: 54 3262 438531 <br>
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Cell: 54 3392 15294784 <br>
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Email(s) : beatriz.cirera@yahoo.com <br>
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t.beatriz.cireta@gmail.com <br>
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=== April 11, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Marianne Pasty-Abdul Wahid has reported that her name and an old modified version of her CV are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is just "Marianne Pasty" and the email address is marianne.pasty@hotmail.com.
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=== April 10, 2013: Advanced payment scam using the name of a real person ===
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An advanced payment scam was reported through the support system and on the forum dedicated to scams: http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/246719-scam_using_existing_persons_name.html. It consists of messages sent with name "Ralph Damani", a former football player, and from email address ralphdamani@gmail.com. The message being sent out to contact translators is:
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Hello,
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My name is Ralph Damani from New York,USA.I need you to
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translate a document for me from English to Japanese as i
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will be coming to Japan next month to scout for football
 +
player.See the attached file and let me know the total
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cost.I will await your response.
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Regards
 +
Ralph
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=== April 9, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member ===
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ProZ.com member Mustafa Er has reported that his CV and picture are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Ahmet Abdullayev" and the email address is abdullayevahmet.Turkish@gmail.com.
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=== April 8, 2013: Advanced payment scam ===
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A new instance of an advanced payment was reported in a job posting. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Walker Heidi, and the email address used was walkerheidi55@gmail.com. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs/752822
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Seeing that this scam was originally posted as a job posting on ProZ.com, it is worth noting that job postings are approved if they meet the set of rules listed on http://www.proz.com/?sp=siterules&mode=show&category=jobs_posting , and it is often not possible to determine if a few are fraudulent in nature. That is why from ProZ.com we constantly remind service providers to make thorough risk management checks before accepting a job, and supply resources like this risk management guide: http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Risk_management_for_translators_and_interpreters
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If you find a job posting that could be fraudulent, please report it to site staff by submitting a support request: http://www.proz.com/support/
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== March 2013 ==
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=== March 28, 2013: A member reports that his name and CV are being used by scammers ===
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ProZ.com member Sebastian Witte has reported that his name and CV are being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies, on http://www.proz.com/topic/245932 . Email addresses known to be used by the scammer are sebastian.translator@hotmail.com and sebastian.lingo@gmail.com . Sebastian lists the only email addresses he uses on the forum post I linked.
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=== March 22, 2013: Advanced payment scam ===
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An advanced payment scam was reported that had been posted as a job on ProZ.com. The name used was "Thomas Gård" and the contact email address gardt101@gmail.com . As usual, the job poster claimed to be ill and in need of surgery.
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=== March 19, 2013: Translation secrets operating through Skype ===
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It was reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/245399 that Translation Secrets, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 , has been approaching freelancers through Skype. The name on one of the skype accounts used was "Bisan Jonathan" , and the Skype ID was bisan.jonathan.
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=== March 15, 2013: Messages from Languagemet with name "Riham" ===
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Another set of contact information used by Languagemet  was reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/245236 . The name used was "Riham" and the email address was danyasalama@gmail.com . This is the message being sent:
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Hello
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Nice to meet you and it is a pleasure to deal with you.
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I am a project manager in Language Met company for
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translation, we have many projects in your language pair
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andI have seen your profile and
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will be glad if you accept to work with each other in the
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nearly future .
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I wait for your swift respond so I can give you more details
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and I
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hope to be positive .
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Thank you and be blessed ,,,
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Regards
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Riham
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=== March 12, 2013: Two advanced payment scams ===
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Two advance payment scams were reported, using the following sets of contact information:
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Segi Carrasco Esteve, segi.carrasco.esteve@gmx.es
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Teles David, teles.david45@gmail.com
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Both scammers mentioned being ill in the emails they sent.
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=== March 7, 2013: Advanced payment scam by a "Donaldson Brian" ===
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An advanced payment scam using the name "Donaldson Brian" and email address donabrian6@gmail.com has been reported. This is the message being sent out:
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Hello,
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My name is Donaldson Brian from Michigan,USA.I need you to
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translate a document for me from English to Chinese as i
 +
will be going to china next month to scout for football
 +
player.See the attached file and let me know the total
 +
cost.I will await your response.
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 +
Regards
 +
Donaldson
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=== March 4, 2013: Messages and email addresses used by Translation Secrets ===
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A set of messages used by Translation Secrets, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 , trying to gather CVs used by translators has been submitted through the support system. The email address used to send these messages was aasheqaa5@gmail.com and the name "Lola abd" . I paste the messages below:
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Subject: Re: An English to Japanese translator needed
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I am interested in your CV.
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Can you give us permission and agreement in order for us to send
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your
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CV to our clients?
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If yes, we will remove your contact details to avoid direct
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contacts
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with clients.
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We will give you the projects and in cases when you are not
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available,
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we will give the projects to other translators.
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Please let me know so that we can start collaboration.
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Best regards
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Dear ,
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I got your contact details from your C.V on Proze.com ,, There is no problem if you translate only from Japanese to English
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.
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We will discuss everything don't worry it will be negotiated when
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I give you the project ,you can give us your rate and the way you
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want us to pay for you .. waiting for your reply .
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=== March 2, 2013: Names and email addresses used by advanced payment scammers ===
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Several reports of advance payment scams were made in the last few days. The contact information used by the scammers were names "Larry Gordon" and "Dolores Blanco Perez", and ROBERTO75@gmx.com and doloresblancoperez55@gmail.com as email addresses.
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== February 2013 ==
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=== February 26, 2013: Impersonation of company Perfect Translations ===
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It was reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/243857 , that company Perfect Translations is being impersonated. If you are contacted by Perfect Translations, with contact name Leslie Bosch and an email address NOT hosted at perfecttranslations.com, please report it to site staff so action can be taken. You can read more information about this scam in the forum post linked above.
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Additionally, good advice on how to handle fraudulent job offers has been posted by a user at http://www.proz.com/post/2100565#2100565
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=== February 22, 2013: Message being sent out by Languagemet ===
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A message sent by Languagemet reported on http://www.proz.com/post/2098672#2098672 . The email address used was friend.of.translation@gmail.com and the IP address was 37.8.63.69 (Palestinian territories). This is the message that was being sent out:
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Dear  Lau as apart of my work , I am doing my best to find translators
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who are qualified enough to  be with me in my  work , so after I have read your CV , and found it so interesting . I see it
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will be  more than Great  to work with a translator as skilled as
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you so do please send me your CV and your cover letter to my e-
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mail address PM_N@Languagemet.com to be with me in the upcoming work Kind regards Project Manger Jasmine
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=== February 21, 2013: Emails addresses used by Translation Secrets / Languagemet ===
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A list of email addresses used by Translation Secrets / Languagemet: http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 , has been made supplied through the support system. They have been blocked from ProZ.com, but be wary if you receive emails from these addresses: alkurd09@gmail.com , kweichang6@gmail.com , translationsecretsax@gmail.com , Reem@translationsecrets.com , alkurd@TranslationSecrets.com
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=== February 14, 2013: Fraudulent job offers in the name of Woodridge Hotel ===
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The following job being currently offered to translators is a scam:
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Woodrigde Hotel urgently requires the services of reputable and devoted translators. Qualified persons should contact us immediately for job placement.
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PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
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Employment Type: Full Time
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Monthly Salary: depending on level of experience
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Preferred Language of Resume/Application: English
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Years of Work Experience: One year minimum
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Benefits: Accommodation, Relocation allowance, transportation allowance, one hour of lunch break(meal) every day, six (6) weeks paid annual leave every year, fourteen (14) days of paid sick leave per calendar year.
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The message is being sent in the name of a "Nicholas Gotler" from email address hr@woodrigde.com , from an IP in Lagos, Nigeria. If you receive this offers, please let site staff know so action can be taken.
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=== February 12, 2013: More translators report  being impersonated ===
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The scam alert message sent yesterday was anwered by two new reports of ProZ.com members CVs being used by scammers to scam clients and other translators.
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 +
Clothilde Courtois reports that her identity and CV are being stolen by scammers using the email address clothilde.courtoiis.tra@gmail.com
 +
 +
Also, Mihail Mateev's CV is being appropriated by scamers who use the name Emma John and the email address Emma12John@yahoo.com
 +
 +
Both translators and outsourcers should make sure to have a positive identification of strangers contacting them with a business<br> proposition. In the case of an agency contacted by a translator, they should for instance ask for confirmation using the "sent email"<br> feature in the service provider's ProZ.com profile.
 +
 +
 +
=== February 11, 2013: Scammers impersonating Ana Maria Gomes da Costa ===
 +
 +
ProZ.com member Ana Maria Gomes da Costa reports that her CV is being used by scammers offering translation services in her name from the fake address maria111gomes@hotmail.com
 +
 +
=== February 8, 2013: Scammers impersonating Silvia Cipriani ===
 +
 +
A user has reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/242863 that her CV and name are being used by impersonators. If you are contacted by people using email addresses silvia.cipriani3@yahoo.com or silvia.cipriani.italy@gmail.com please report them to site staff. These addresses are not used by the real Silvia Cipriani.
 +
 +
=== February 6, 2013: New message from Translation Secrets ===
 +
 +
There have been reports of messages sent by banned company Translation Secrets, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086, using email address translationsecretsae@gmail.com. This is the text on the emails:
 +
 +
Hello
 +
Are you available please.
 +
  I have 20k words i need on the 7th of this month, but you can take  a part of it, and the rate is 0.035$/source word.
 +
I'm not paid much for this, cause the client might send more work,  means the project is big, in this case, the client pays less.
 +
Let me know if you could help.
 +
The pair is Swedish to English and the field is technical.
 +
Kind Regards,
 +
 +
== January 2013 ==
 +
 +
=== January 30, 2013: Further information on a previously reported scam ===
 +
 +
Further information has been supplied on an advance payment scam reported in the scam alert sent on January 18. The scammer has used several different names: Renardo, Dernador, Denardo and Victor Denard. The email address is the same as reported before: denardvicc@gmail.com. This person's access to ProZ.com has been blocked. You can find more information about this on http://www.proz.com/topic/241481
 +
 +
 +
=== January 28, 2013: a Magazine publisher in Ghana ===
 +
 +
A scam message is being sent using the  email address musicinst678@gmail.com and the name Terry John, from "a Magazine publisher in Ghana", but the<br>
 +
IP address is from Nigeria, the name of the agency is not revealed and the email address is a free account (OK for individuals but an alert when used<br>  by alleged corporate clients):
 +
 +
We are a Magazine publisher in Ghana, Africa.
 +
Our client requires a magazine from us to be made in French/Spanish,as a result,we want to outsource the translation of a part of it .
 +
We are in need of a competent translator from English to French/Spanish.
 +
Please we would like to know if you are available to do that at this time with a 2 weeks deadline?
 +
Let me have a quote for the attached document.
 +
Where are you located?
 +
Expecting to hear from you soon.
 +
Regards
 +
Terry John
 +
<br>
 +
 +
=== January 23, 2013: Messages from "Gate Scott" ===
 +
 +
A scam message is being reported as sent using the name 'Gate Scott' and email addresses scottgate088@gmail.com and scottgate022@gmail.com:
 +
 +
Subject: {language}
 +
Hello,
 +
I'm Scott,Can you translate the attached document to {language} and can it be delivered before 10th of Feb,2013?
 +
Reply asap with your rate and charges.
 +
Scott
 +
9548376593
 +
 +
=== January 21, 2013: Beginner colleague victim of an overpayment scam ===
 +
 +
The following report was received about an overpayment scam poster using the email address tmxycw10(AT)gmail.com
 +
 +
After discussing with XXX who agreed to my quote, we decided that I would translate a medical document about cancer and that I would deliver it on 19 November.
 +
 +
This person told me she suffered from cancer herself but after checking her name and address on Internet, I just felt sorry for her and I started
 +
working on the translation.
 +
 +
The work was done on time and a few days later, I received the Euro payment by checks but my bank has just advised me that the checks were fake!
 +
(apparently, it takes about 5 weeks to check the authenticity of the checks when they actually said to me that it would take 10 days..but that’s a different story)
 +
 +
I am a beginner in the translation industry and I worked very hard to do a high quality translation work (around 5000 words and three days work) but
 +
this person abused me. Needless to say that I tried to contact her but she had long been gone! I have decided to press charges against this person
 +
although I am aware that this might be useless. However, please let your members know about my misfortune and kindly tell them to be suspicious if 
 +
someone asks them to translate such a document and if they are asked to transfer any money difference via Western Union."
 +
 +
The golden rule when approached by a stranger with a business proposition is getting verifiable contact information and verifying it. In this case the<br>
 +
name, address and phone number provided could be found in Google, but of course the same info could be picked from the same source by the scammers,<br>  and you are at risk if you trust that they are related to the email address provided.
 +
<br>
 +
Calling the phone number provided adds an independent verification, and this small investment can protect you from being scammed.<br>
 +
 +
=== January 18, 2013: Scam messages from a profile with membership ===
 +
 +
A profile with membership has been reported to send emails. The username on the profile was "Renardo" and the email address used was denardvicc@gmail.com . The profile has since been removed, but it serves as a warning that even messages sent by profiles that are currently members of ProZ.com should be checked with risk management practices, like the ones specified on http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Detecting_and_reacting_to_false_job_offers_and_other_scams and http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Risk_management_for_translators_and_interpreters .
 +
 +
=== January 15, 2013: Scam messages from spopleim ===
 +
 +
The following message sent by ProZ.com profile "spopleim" (currently deleted) has been classified as very likely to be a scam.
 +
 +
Good Evening,
 +
Translators/Interpreters needed in {country}.
 +
Email for more information.
 +
Thanks.
 +
 +
Email addresses reported include spopleim@gmail.com, pascalgyoree1@gmail.com and gshockrepublicc@gmail.com
 +
<br>
 +
 +
=== January 10, 2013: Fred Hills does not care about rates ===
 +
 +
Scam job offer allegedly sent by "Fred Hills" using the address fhills43@yahoo.com
 +
 +
Hello,
 +
My name is Fred Hills and I am from the UK. My clIents need
 +
reliable persons that will translate some document therefore, We
 +
need efficient translators that are capable of translating the
 +
documents for my organisation.
 +
 +
Below are the details:
 +
Subject: Conflict Management
 +
Return date: 30 April , 2013 (Let me know if this date is not ok
 +
for you)
 +
Mode of payment: secure cashier cheque
 +
Language of document : English
 +
Langauge to be translated to : French or German
 +
 +
Note: Please if you cannot translate the document to the stated
 +
languages, Please advise me on the languages that you can do so
 +
that I will advise my clients.
 +
 +
Do get back to me as soon as possible and let me know if you are
 +
capable to translate it.
 +
Once I recieve your email i will send the documents to you.
 +
Regards
 +
 +
Besides the poor English and the total lack of information on the organization or the project, a Google search will show that the address fhills43@yahoo.com has been involved in several scams. Also note that they state a target language and a deadline but they are very ready to compromise on both, and they don't ask about your rates!
 +
 +
=== January 9, 2013: Cindy Ross and Brooke Nelson ===
 +
 +
Overpayment scam messages have been reported, sent using the name 'cindy ross', address cr250025(at)gmail.com or 'Brooke Nelson', address brnelson2500(at)gmail.com 
 +
"Hello,
 +
As am browsing through the profiles translators on proz.com I came across your profile,I kindly want you to translate my book that I need to translate
 +
kindly get back to me on the language you handle from English If you are interested in translating for me kindly contact me back immediately you 
 +
received my message for more information about the project."
 +
 +
A colleague who wrote to discuss rates and deadlines got the following reply (that also asked for a lot of personal and banking data):
 +
"Attached is the project. Payment shall be in 2x . First payment of 50% and the balance of 50% on completion or a week to 2 weeks interval.I await the
 +
total estimates and necessary details to making the payment. My client has chosen check payment this has been method of payment from the past."
 +
 +
Again the warning signs are the lack of details on outsourcer and project, the fact that they ask you for your language pairs, focus on payment over<br>
 +
rates and deadlines, very poor language skills and inconsistencies such as moving from "my book" to "my client".
 +
<br>
 +
 +
=== January 7, 2013: Update on scams reported ===
 +
 +
The classic “private investor” overpayment scam reported again, using name 'stiven wilson' and email address stivenwilson@gmail.com
 +
 +
Hello,
 +
As am browsing through the profiles on www.translatorpub.com I came across your profile,I kindly want you to translate one of my book that I need to translate ,am a private investor. If you are interested  in translating for me kindly let me know the language you can handle from English, kindly contact me back immediately you received my message for more information about the project.
 +
 +
And a still simpler scam sent by 'Michael' from mischuster001@gmail.com
 +
 +
I would like to translate the book in engineering from English to German.
 +
The book contain 893 pages.
 +
If you are interested, please let me know your rate, lead time and your CV.
 +
Regards,
 +
Michael
 +
 +
=== January 4, 2013: Probable scam message sent by "Jasmine Adamz"  ===
 +
 +
A probable scam message sent by "Jasmine Adamz" has been reported through the support system. The message reads:
 +
 +
Dear (name)
 +
I have read your CV and I found it so interesting . I will be more
 +
than happy to work with a translator as skilled as you so do
 +
please send me your CV and your cover letter to my e-mail address
 +
Friend.of.translation(AT)gmail.com to be with me in the upcoming
 +
work
 +
Kind regards Project Manger Jasmine
 +
 +
Please note that no organization is mentioned here. When the translator asked for more details, the 'client' replied:
 +
 +
sorry not to mention that ,I Work at languagemet company which is
 +
Known as one of the leading language services providing with
 +
clients based all over the world .Ever since it started. We cover
 +
translations for all languages. Our skillful translators and
 +
linguists are chosen for their fluency and expertise in a wide
 +
range of market sectors along with their cultural and commercial
 +
awareness ensuring that your translation is not mere words.
 +
 +
Besides the poor English, you will find information on this company at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 and forum threads http://www.proz.com/topic/230462 and
 +
http://www.proz.com/topic/238933
 +
 +
 +
=== January 1, 2013: Laqueen Hotel asks for interpreters ===
 +
 +
A job asking for interpreters has been posted by La Queens Hotel but a deeper investigation later revealed that the [http://laqueenshotel.com/en/ hotel's web page] has been copied from [http://heartlandhotel.com/ another web page] belonging to Heartland Hotel Corporation. The corresponding domain was created on Dec 04, 2012.
 +
 +
Because of this, the posted job is considered to be a scam operation similar to the one described [http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/default#employment_abroad_scam here]
<br>
<br>
== December 2012 ==
== December 2012 ==
 +
 +
=== December 31, 2012: Andrew Miller reported very active again ===
 +
 +
Overpayment scammer Andrew Miller, already reporrted in our scam alert of September 3, 2012, is being reported as very active, with<br>
 +
the following message (target language changes depending on the victim):
 +
 +
“Greetings,
 +
I'm Andrew,I need to make a presentation to some groups of French speaking people in Paris,France.I need you to translate the papers
 +
from English to French.Moreover can it be delivered before 27th of Jan,2013?
 +
Let me know your rate and charges.Presentation is attached,looking forward to hear back from you soon.
 +
Andrew
 +
8305154169”
 +
 +
Documents attached:
 +
* Mergers_and_acquisitions[1].docx
 +
* Regional Seminar on Economic Dynamics of Newly.doc
 +
<br>
 +
Email addresses used: drrussellpark@globomail.com, missmichelleanderson49@gmail.com, missmich1234@gmail.com, andersonmissmichelle@gmail.com
 +
 +
=== December 27, 2012: Likely scam messages from Palestina ===
 +
 +
A likely scam has been reported through the forums and the support system. This is the forum post about it http://www.proz.com/topic/239819 . <br>
 +
In both cases, the email address used was georgeyala8@gmail.com and the contact name Georg Ayala or George Ayala . While the offer does not include<br>
 +
any giveaway signs of being fraudulent, the IP address is from Palestine, which is suspicious considering the ongoing scams reported on ttp://www.proz.com/topic/230462
 +
<br>
 +
Remember that messages sent through ProZ.com show the IP address of the sender, which can be used to track their location with LookUp tools such as<br> the one on http://www.melissadata.com/Lookups/iplocation.asp
 +
<br>
 +
 +
=== December 20, 2012: Advanced payment scam with a repeated set of contact information ===
 +
 +
An instance of an advanced payment scam was reported recently. In this case, the name used was "Ana Mesa". This is the correspondence reported by a user as sent by this person:
 +
 +
1-
 +
Hello,
 +
As am browsing through the profiles translators on
 +
www.translatorpub.com I came across your profile,I kindly want you
 +
to
 +
translate one of my book that I need to translate kindly get back
 +
to
 +
me on the language you handle from English If you are interested
 +
in
 +
translating for me kindly
 +
contact me back immediately you received my message for more
 +
information about the project.
 +
Thanks,
 +
Regards
 +
 +
2-
 +
Attached is the project. Payment shall be in 2x . First payment of
 +
50%
 +
and the balance of 50%oncompletion or a week to 2 weeks interval.
 +
I await the total estimates and necessary details to
 +
making the payment. My client has chosen check payment this has
 +
been
 +
method of payment from the past. Email me your
 +
full Name:
 +
Address:
 +
City:
 +
Country
 +
State:
 +
Zip Code:
 +
Phone:
 +
The details above shall be used to forward the pament to you.
 +
Regards.
 +
 +
3-
 +
Hello
 +
your details as been forwarded I will kindly persuade you that we
 +
should wait for the process of the payment and then commence on
 +
the
 +
files for the translation. Honesty is a key to a successful
 +
career, so
 +
please confirm to me when you receive the payment. Thanks
 +
Regards
 +
 +
4-
 +
Hello
 +
There is no need for you to open another account before you cash
 +
this Travelers Cheques, you can easily cash it instantly either
 +
at
 +
your bank or at any bank around you, but the bank will only
 +
deduct
 +
exchange fee from the money. Below are the
 +
instruction for cashing the Travelers Cheques, Firstly, you must
 +
sign
 +
and write your name on each Cheques from home before going for
 +
the
 +
cashing at your bank, but you will have to write the date and
 +
countersign at the bank when the cashier instruct you to do so.
 +
AT
 +
HOME BEFORE GETTING TO THE BANK A) You must put your signature on
 +
the
 +
first line of all cheques where it says "SIGN HERE IMMEDIATELY
 +
UPON
 +
RECEIPT OF THIS TRAVELERS CHEQUE" B) Write your names on the 2nd
 +
line
 +
where it says
 +
"PAY TO THE ORDER OF"exactly as it appears on your identity
 +
material
 +
to be used because Payee may ask for your ID; a driving licence
 +
or
 +
passport should suffice, and doing so would most usefully be
 +
towards
 +
the end of comparing the signature on the ID with those on the
 +
Cheques. AT THE FRONT OF THE BANK CASHIER C)Write the date on the
 +
last
 +
line where it says "DATE" D) You shall sign again on the last
 +
line
 +
where it says "COUNTERSIGN HERE IN PRESENCE OF THE PERSON
 +
CASHING"
 +
Please this instructions are very important and will enable you
 +
in
 +
exchanging the Cheques instantly. Waiting to hear from
 +
you soonest.
 +
 +
Note that the contact information was "12 Belgrave Rd London E13 8RS, UK +44 703 591" a set of information that has already been reported to be used by these kind of scams.
 +
 +
=== December 18, 2012: Impersonation of company Indus Translation Services ===
 +
 +
It was reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/239593 that a scammer has been contacting translators impersonating Indus Translation Services, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/7728, using email address industranslation001@gmail.com
 +
 +
Please read the report on http://www.proz.com/topic/239593, and be wary of offers by Indus Translation Agencies sent by an email address not hosted at http://www.industranslation.com/
 +
 +
 +
=== December 14, 2012: Kenneth Clark and the racial discrimination ===
 +
 +
Earlier this month we reported a scam attempt asking for the translation of a document on sex discrimination and now we got one on racial  discrimination. Overpayment scammers tend to use certain "signature" issues or expressions over and over again. This time 'Kenneth Clark' wrote:
 +
 +
Dear Translator,
 +
Your service will be needed urgently for the translation of an article from English to Chinese, I have a son that studies in University of Lyon,
 +
France, He wants the document to be translated from English to Chinese on Perspectives on Racial descrimination in a society worth 12,350 words with
 +
the deadline date(28/01/2013).
 +
Please confirm to me on your availability for this project, your price rate per source word also get back to me on your terms and conditions that
 +
surrounds your service.
 +
I await your mail while i supply you with more detail.
 +
Best Regards,
 +
Kenneth Clark
 +
<br>
 +
 +
=== December 10, 2012: Translation secrets asks for permission to use your CV ===
 +
 +
The same 'Authorization and Agreement' form reported in our alert messages of September 12, October 16 and December 7 has been sent to a colleague by Mohammed Rantisi using the email m.rantisi@TranslationSecrets.com
 +
 +
Hi,
 +
I am projects manager from translation secrets company and I saw your profile in proz.comand I found you qualified to work with us as translator.
 +
Please sign attached paper to start sending projects to you.
 +
Best regards,
 +
Mohammed Rantisi |Translation Secrets Project Management & Recruitment Department Office | Gaza, Palestine.
 +
URL: www.TranslationSecrets.com"
 +
<br>
 +
 +
=== December 9, 2012: Another victim of the 'presentation abroad' scam ===
 +
 +
Another colleague reported being the victim of the 'presentation abroad' scam, this time from a "client" using the name 'Mark Davis
 +
of Eagle Finance in Atlanta, GA' and the address markdv112(AT)gmail.com
 +
 +
The message was:
 +
I'm Mark Davis from Atlanta,Georgia and i'll be heading to the United Kingdom for a business presentation on Monday.I'll be making a
 +
presentation to some groups of Japanese speaking people in Tokyo on the 10th of January.I will need you to help me translate some
 +
documents from English to Japanese,so each of my audience can have a copy in their local language and they can follow through.The
 +
deadline for the delivery of translations is January 7,2012.Please,let me have an estimate for the documents(see attached).I look 
 +
forward to hearing back from you soon."
 +
 +
The translator received a check for 4 times the agreed amount and was asked to cash it and return the balance to the scammer via Western Union. The translator didn't fall for it, but lost the work done for the scammer.
 +
<br>
 +
Remember to always get verifiable contact information from the 'clients' and verify it. Also be double careful when you get messages from alleged corporations sent from a free email address.
 +
<br>
 +
Finally, be familiar with current scams. This particular scam has been reported many times though these alerts. Help other colleagues get protected, let them know about this service!
 +
<br>
=== December 7, 2012: Requests to use your CV still active ===
=== December 7, 2012: Requests to use your CV still active ===
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  looking forward to hearing from you, Kind regards.  
  looking forward to hearing from you, Kind regards.  
-
The document attached to these messages was the same already reported in our scam reports dated [http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#September_12.2C_2012:_More_scam_messages_from_Palestina September 12] and October 16. <br>
+
The document attached to these messages was the same already reported in our scam reports dated [http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#September_12.2C_2012:_More_scam_messages_from_Palestina September 12] and [http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#October_16.2C_2012:_Scam_email_including_the_name_of_a_translator_as_a_CC October 16]. <br>
This kind of scam is described [http://www.proz.com/translation-articles/articles/3613/ in this article]<br>
This kind of scam is described [http://www.proz.com/translation-articles/articles/3613/ in this article]<br>
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A new scam from Gaza was reported as received via email and it was also briefly published in a portal for translators. The message was sent from the address malmalaleha(AT)gmail.com and it wrote.
A new scam from Gaza was reported as received via email and it was also briefly published in a portal for translators. The message was sent from the address malmalaleha(AT)gmail.com and it wrote.
-
  I am “Dr .Mansour Project Manager “looking for translators to assist with an English to French translation project. Project in department of Pharmacology to translate Prescription from English to French. This project of one Prescription between five hundred to tow thousand words. I will pay for this job 0.08 EUR per word
+
  I am “Dr .Mansour Project Manager “looking for translators to assist with an English to French translation project. Project in department of  
-
 
+
Pharmacology to translate Prescription from English to French. This project of one Prescription between five hundred to tow thousand words.  
 +
I will pay for this job 0.08 EUR per word
 +
<br>
=== November 22, 2012: A sign to watch for ===
=== November 22, 2012: A sign to watch for ===
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=== November 20, 2012 ===
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=== November 20, 2012: Advance payment / overpayment scam ===
A member has reported being contacted for the translation of a brochure on sexual education for teenagers. When she replied to the offer, the outsourcer<br> replied offered payment using a cheque. This is a case of advanced payment scam, and the sender has been blocked from ProZ.com. The name used<br> in these messages was Teresa Lartuna , and the email address was teresalartuna@live.com<br>
A member has reported being contacted for the translation of a brochure on sexual education for teenagers. When she replied to the offer, the outsourcer<br> replied offered payment using a cheque. This is a case of advanced payment scam, and the sender has been blocked from ProZ.com. The name used<br> in these messages was Teresa Lartuna , and the email address was teresalartuna@live.com<br>
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<br>
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=== May 11, 2012: new impersonation of the "project book" scam ===
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=== May 11, 2012: New impersonation of the "project book" scam ===
A new impersonation of the scam reported on April 16 has been sent to two members, this time using the name "James", the email address  <br> kazidyj@hotmail.co.uk and the IP address 50.82.103.179 (USA): <br>
A new impersonation of the scam reported on April 16 has been sent to two members, this time using the name "James", the email address  <br> kazidyj@hotmail.co.uk and the IP address 50.82.103.179 (USA): <br>
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<br>
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=== March 9, 2012: : Advance payment scam / overpayment scam  ===
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=== March 9, 2012: Advance payment scam / overpayment scam  ===
A ProZ.com member reported today that she recently received a request for translation of a document, from a person who claimed to be a student. <br>  
A ProZ.com member reported today that she recently received a request for translation of a document, from a person who claimed to be a student. <br>  

Current revision as of 16:05, 22 November 2019


Contents

Overview

  • This is a service provided by ProZ.com to help professional translators improve their risk management when facing scammers.
  • This page presents the translators scam alert reports sent to subscribers to the Translators scam-prevention center: http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/default.
  • If you are a ProZ.com member you can subscribe to the scam alerts.


2019

November 2019

November 15, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Translit

A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as a project manager of Translit. They use the email addresses trans-lit@yandex.ru and editor@транс-лит.рф. Note that the domain used by the legitimate company is @trans-lit.ru. The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/31348

November 13, 2019: Scammer using fake profiles

A report has been received of a person that is contacting agencies under the name Bodil Bjordal with information stolen from other professionals' CVs and legitimate businesses' addresses. The email address they are using is bjordal.bodil@gmail.com. Other possible names related to this case are Peter Beyer and Shigeru Tsuji, using the email addresses peter.beyer1982@gmail.com and shigerutsuji66@gmail.com.

It is possible that the names belong to legitimate professionals, who may not be related to this scam.

November 13, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Studio Gentile SARL

A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as an employee or representative of Studio Gentile SARL. They use the email address studiogentile.mc@gmail.com. The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/7499


November 6, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A report [1] has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name Joy Mazur. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs in different language pairs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information on this type of scam, see: [2]

The document to be translated was 17 pages and 11 730 words long and titled Support of workplace diversity policies: The role of race, gender, and beliefs about inequality.

October 2019

October 31, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Amero Communications

A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators acting as Amero Communications. Please note that the company uses the official domain @amero.ca Please see their report on the Scams forum: [3]

October 30, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Wawasan Destiny Resources

A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators acting as an Wawasan Destiny Resources Project Manager. The email address used is: george@wawasandsetinynow.com. Please note the email domain of the legitimate business is wawasandestinynow.com, while this impersonator has been using wawasandsetinynow.com

October 11, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Lingvo 24

A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as Yana Dontsova/Kushnarenko, from Lingvo 24. They use the email address domain @lingivo24.info and an email signature with the name and title job of Yana Dontsova/Kushnarenko, a PM from Lingvo 24.

Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is @lingvo24.info, without the extra i. The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/38675

September 2019

September 30, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name Mervyn Rundle. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: [4]

The email address used was: mervyn.rundle1963@gmail.com

September 26, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name Sarah Chivel. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: [5]

The email address used was: scchivel@gmail.com

September 23, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Translation agency Lexithiria (Margarita Ioannidou)

A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as Margarita Ioannidou, from Translation agency Lexithiria. They use the email address lexithiria.otenet@gmail.com and an email signature with the name and title job of Margarita Ioannidou, along with the fake email address and phone numbers that do not match those present in the company website http://www.lexithiria.com

Note that the email domains of the legitimate business are @otenet.gr and @lexithiria.com. The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/12847

September 13, 2019: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Sara Ouaguenouni

A report has been received of a person impersonating a translator. The aim of this is using the professional services of a translator without paying for them. The scammer presented themselves as Sara Ouaguenouni and used the following email address: saraouaguenoni@gmail.com. They used the scam template reported here: [[6]]

September 12, 2019: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Viviana Paddrik

A report has been received of a person impersonating a translator. The aim of this is using the professional services of a translator without paying for them. The scammer presented themselves as Viviana Paddrik and used the following email address: vivianaijomimo@gmail.com.

The message the scammer sent to the translators was

Hello, I need to urgently translate a document from English to Spanish Kindly confirm your availability. Thank you

September 11, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Wordminds Translations

A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as an employee of Wordminds Translations. They use the email address wordminds.translations@gmail.com. They use an email signature with the name and title job of an employee.

Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is @wordminds.com The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/41437 .

September 03, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam: translation of "Search for Philip K. Dick"

A report has been received of a person or group carrying out a fake check/overpayment scam under multiple names. Among others, Davila Andres, Johann Klimt, Jenniffer Belcher and Thomas Raul Manor. The scammer will ask for a translation of "Search for Philip K. Dick" by Anne R. Dick, agree to a 50% advance payment, then wire a fake check and ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: [7]

See reports on the forums: [8] [9]

Some of the reported email addresses include: t.manor2671@gmail.com, davilaandres1122@gmail.com, johannklimt@gmail.com, gnizoteke@gmail.com

September 03, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name John. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: [10]

The email address used was: johnmson168@gmail.com

August 2019

August 30, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Bright Translations

A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as an employee of Bright Translations. They use the email address susan.bright.es@gmail.com. They use an email signature with the name of an employee. The subject line is used in similar impersonation scams, "Official assignment for the [LANGUAGE] Translation, Job no [NUMBER]".

Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is @bright.es The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/49883 .

August 29, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Asian Trust Translation

A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as a past employee of Asian Trust Translation. They use the email addresses asiantrust.pm@gmail.com. They use an email signature with the name and picture of a past employee. The subject line is used in similar impersonation scams, "Officials assignment for the [LANGUAGE] Translation, Job no [NUMBER]".

Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is @asiantrust.net The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/45371 .

August 29, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Zamenhof Translation Services

A report has been received of a person that is contacting translators passing as an employee or representative of Zamenhof Translation Services. They use the email addresses zamenhoft.jobs@gmail.com and zamenhof.co.il@gmail.com. Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is @zamenhof.co.il The Blue Board for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/23245

August 27, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Bayer Pharmaceutical / Penguin Random House

A scammer/s is contacting translators about a Hangouts/Skype interview. According to reports, it seems that the scammer/s "interview" translators, then hire them, but first the translator has to purchase software for a 5 day trial. In some cases, this same pattern is used to conduct an overpayment scam with fake checks.

Sometimes they use Gmail addresses, other times they purchase domains that are somewhat similar to Bayer and Penguin's. Some of the reported email addresses include: bayermatthew079@gmail.com, info@bayer-accountingdepartment.company.com, Ingo.bayer1@gmail.com, cecelia.interviewsection@gmail.com, jobma736@gmail.com, hiringdesk707@gmail.com, liamcrew9@gmail.com, bradking466@gmail.com, hr.penguinrandomhouse@gmail.com, editorialdirector@penguinrandomhouse.xyz, hr.coordinator332@gmail.com, info@penguin-randomhouse.company.com.

August 26, 2019: Advance payment / impersonation of ProZ.com member: translation of Research Project on Agricultural reforms in EU

A scammer/s is contacting translators requesting the translation of a document titled "Research Project on Agricultural reforms in EU". They offer advance payment and request payment details.

They use the email addresses jeanpoulmarch862@gmail.com , gnizoteke@gmail.com, veroniqueguider78@gmail.com and melanieland77@gmail.com among others, and the names "Gülnihal Zora Teke" "Véronique Guider" (both names belong to legitimate professionals, not related to this scam) and "Jean Poulmarch". One of the impersonated members has reported that his name is being used wrongfully here: [11]

Another email address used is annasmiley09@gmail.com and the name used is Anna Smith.

August 16, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A scammer is contacting translators with emails resembling the following:

Good Afternoon to you i really do want to know if you still translate as a job kindly get back to me through my email to let you know what job i have for you in respect of my personal use.joycepoe1960@gmail.com Regards 
Thanks for the email and also the fee it is quite ok for me kindly drop this details for me to get you 50% then after you are done i will balance up thanks Bank name: Account name: Account number: IBAN: BIC: Bank Address: Regards Joyce

The scammer uses email address joycepoe1960@gmail.com.

August 5, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Wilkens"

A report has been received of a person impersonating an employee of Wilkens. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/14232 . The email addresses being used are wilkens.be@gmail.com or with domain @wiilkens.be. Note that the email domain of the legitimate business is @wilkens.be

August 4, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam. The scammer's email address is vanvaerenberghmiet08@gmail.com.

August 3, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam. This seems to be related to the scam reported here:

Some of the reported addresses include rl8321640@gmail.com and scotmarks288@gmail.com. The scammer's emails read:

Richard Lees (rl8321640@gmail.com) IP: 69.167.44.176
Subject: Translator Needed
Good day , I would like to know if you will be able to translate a document am to use for a presentation.

July 2019

July 21, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam: translation of a development lecture on organic farming

A report has been received of a person or group carrying out an advance payment scam under the pretense of a "community development lecture on organic farming". The scammer would contact freelancers to offer them translation jobs; then would send a bad check and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. The scammer uses different names and addresses, but the opening email would be similar to this:

Can I submit my document for translation from English to Turkish? And are you free to handle it right now? Its a community development lecture On Organic Farming which i organize to support the youth going into farming and animal production as a business and i want it translated/submitted before July 30th. Please respond back if you can meet up with this deadline.

Reported email addresses include: henry@agroconsultbusiness.com, henrybaker908@yahoo.com, henry@chsagroconsult.com, tammyirvine53@gmail.com, henry@agroconsultcare.com

July 05, 2019: Pay-to-work scam by AOSC International

At the end of June, a ProZ.com member reported via the support center that a company called AOSC International, who had contacted her through a job posting at ProZ.com, offered her attractive work with the condition that she paid 1000 USD as "service guarantee".

This seems to be a classic “pay to work” scam, where the victim is asked to pay first as condition for getting access to an attractive job offer. Further investigation showed that the scam had originally been reported at Reddit: [14]

Some emails used are: ad@aosc.international, hr@aosc.international, jm@aosc.international, aa@aosc.international, ja@aosc.international, bm@aosc.international, data.security@aosc.international

July 04, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A scammer is contacting translators with emails resembling the following:

We are interested in securing your service for our project. Please confirm your availability and I will be sending you document to consider for an estimate. We have Spanish project document to translate into English. Thank you.

Scammer creates dummy ProZ.com profiles in order to mass-email translators. The profiles are being removed as they are spotted.

July 03, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Accent Multilingual"

A scammer pretending to represent company "Accent Multilingual" has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/5327 . The scammer uses email address accentmultilingual.translation@gmail.com. Note that the legitimate organization only communicates using their company domain, @accentmultilingual.com.

July 01, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam: translation of a document with 11,643/12,750/11,543 words (44 pages)

A scammer is contacting translators and offering an advance payment in order to wire them fake checks and then request a refund due to overpayment issues. The scammer uses mainly @gmail.com email addresses. Some of the reported addresses are: janetjones6644@gmail.com, stephaniejame91@gmail.com, dhonest3030@gmail.com, kemidavis00000@gmail.com, nancybill010@gmail.com, verajosh371@gmail.com, marishawalker@hotmail.com, brendaowens639@gmail.com, dhonest30ii@gmail.com, joleneebanks@gmail.com, melissajames9828@gmail.com, carolynrichards5213@gmail.com, nemegoolind@gmail.com, yusuf.sulaimon1980@yahoo.com, russellgabr@gmail.com, arthurwilliams127@gmail.com, brooklynjohn193@gmail.com, valeriejohn5213@gmail.com, feliciajordan5213@gmail.com, marianamarianaledesma@gmail.com, clarkechriscage988@gmail.com, bjonhson1111@hotmail.com, lbarcy022@gmail.com, sydneyjohn20@gmail.com, arthur127@gmail.com, debbyj11@hotmail.com, dandan19518@gmail.com, sparker19537@gmail.com, danda19518@gmail.com, jr0019951@gmail.com, jenscot8765@gmail.com, chkutcher0070@gmail.com.

The document sent for translation is titled "PUBLIC ORGANISATIONS PROCEDURES RESEARCH" and the emails resemble the following:

Hello, I´m contacting you in regard to an English content document worth 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated into Hebrew . I would like to know if you are interested and available to get this done for me. Please get back to me as soon as you can via email. Thank you.
Hello, My name is Nancy, I´m contacting you in regard to an English, content document with 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to Spanish. I would like to know if you are interested and available to get this done for me. Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thank you.
Hello, I am so sorry for the delay, there is death in the family of my sponsor so i have little delay. I hope the project is in progress? But I am happy to inform you that your payment has been mailed out to you by my sponsor and have been delivered already. Also, we discussed about considering you for the next phase of this project, but I need to be sure the first phase will be well translated. The additional fee for the next phase of the project was added. We've calculated the next phase with your rate,  so the first phase and the next document will cost us $3950 and that is the amount on the check. We don't have much time now and here is the information.... Kindly confirm with me as soon as you receive the payment. I hope to hear from you soon.
Hello, There is death in the family of my sponsor, so we are going to have a little delay with the Phase 2 Due to the incident of my sponsor. I just received a message from the Management that the Phase 2 should be withheld and postponed till 2nd week of November, 2019. The Phase 1 would be used for the first part of the seminar coming up July 2019 and the Phase 2 is for the second part of the seminar coming up in November. For this reason, we would only work on the phase 1 for now and get it ready before the due date. Please I want you to take all your full payments for the phase 1, I'm giving you $100 more for your stress and your extra time for the work. And for the remaining money for the Phase 2, Kindly make a deposit of the phase 2 money to the account of the sponsor......I will send you the account details shortly thank you!

This entry was last updated on October 30th, 2019. You can read more about this type of scam here: [15]

June 2019

June 27, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Kelemen Co"

A scammer pretending to represent company "Kelemen & Company" has been reported. The company's domain is www.http://kelemenco.com. The scammer uses email address translations@kelemeno.com. The legitimate email is translations@kelemenCo.com (with a 'c').

June 27, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A scammer is contacting translators with simple texts downloaded from homework webpages in order to conduct an overpayment scam. You can read more about this type of scam here: [16] Emails shared read:

I'm contacting you in regard to an Spanish content document with 12,750 words words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to English. I would like to know if you are interested please get back to me asap thanks
I quite agree with your price quote and I am willing to pay for your service. This project is a research paper being sponsor for a seminar coming up soon, so I would like to make an advance payment or make the full payment so you know you have my job with you but the payment can only made by CHEQUE and is Within the US only, do get back to me with the following payment information in the format below. 1. Full Name to be written on the Cheque 2. Full Physical Address: 3. Mobile number . Your payment will be prepared once I have the requested details. Payment will be received before you send the document. Get back to me asap

The scammer uses email address melissacollins090@gmail.com.

June 26, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Mother Tongue"

A scammer pretending to represent company "Mother Tongue" has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/68 . The scammer uses email address eliza.yow@mothertngue.com. The legitimate email is eliza.yow@mothertOngue.com (with an 'o').

June 17, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Lexicon Services"

A scammer pretending to represent company "Lexicon Services" has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/43067 . The scammer uses email address lexiconservicesale@gmail.com. The legitimate email is lexiconservicesales@gmail.com (with an "s").

May 2019

May 24, 2019: Continued impersonation of ProZ.com member Michael Beijer

ProZ.com member Michael Beijer, https://www.proz.com/profile/652138 , has reported that his name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is best.translations3@gmail.com. This is the third alert about this case of impersonation.

May 24, 2019: Continued impersonation of ProZ.com member Amanda Fearnley

ProZ.com member Amanda Fearnley, http://www.proz.com/profile/1491380 , has reported that her name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is fearnelyamanda@gmail.com. This is the third alert about this case of impersonation. The scammer is still active using the same set of contact information.

April 2019

April 18, 2019: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Karim Romero

A report has been received of a person impersonating a translator and outsourcer. The aim of this is using the professional services of a translator without paying for them. The scammer used presented themselves as Karim Romero ( [17] ) and used the following email address certranslatation1@gmail.com. The email of the legitimate person is certranslations1@gmail.com (with an "s").

April 04, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Avanta Translating

A scammer pretending to represent company Avanta Translating has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at [18]. The scammer uses email address domain name @avanta-translate.ru (note the similarity to avanta-translating.com, a legitimate domain).

April 04, 2019: Impersonation of ProZ.com user Francesca Reale

A report was received of a person who impersonated a ProZ.com user. This person used this user's CV and photo and contacted outsourcers. This scammer was impersonating the real profile [19]. The email address used by the fraudulent user was sharmila.laux@gmail.com. This case has been reported to the corresponding authorities.

March 2019

March 22, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent "Certified Language Solutions LLC"

A scammer pretending to represent company "Certified Language Solutions LLC" has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at [20]. The scammer uses email address karim@certranslations.net (note the similarity to @certranslations.com , a legitimate domain). Note that Karim Romero is the name of a legitimate project manager working for Certified Language Solutions LLC.

February 2019

February 4, 2019: Advance payment scam targeting French translators

A report has been received of an advance payment scam targeting French translators. The scammers are sending messages under the names Nancy Record, Bernard Gatewood and Charles Lincoln, but other names may be used as well. The message is as follows:

Êtes-vous disponible pour traduire des documents texte très bientôt? Je lis votre profil de traducteur, très satisfait et je voudrais que vous traduisiez pour moi pourquoi je vous ai choisi. J'ai peu de documents à traduire d'French en Italian pour la présentation de mon prochain événement. Dès que je recevrai votre réponse, je vous enverrai le document pour visualiser et négocier le prix, ainsi que le
meilleur délai de livraison que vous pourrez obtenir dans les meilleurs délais. Faites-moi savoir quand vous êtes disponible dès que possible aujourd'hui. Merci pour votre temps, votre compréhension et passez une bonne journée. Cordialement

The email addresses used are lancasterresume@gmail.com, bernard.gatewood@gmail.com and charles.lincoln01@hotmail.com, but again, other email addresses may be used as well.

For more information about advance payment scams, see: [21]

February 1, 2019: Advance payment scam

A report has been received of an advance payment scam. This seems to be related to the scam reported here [[22]]. It is likely that the same individual or group is sending these emails. This is one of the emails sent:

Good day , I would like to know if you will be able to translate a document am to use for a presentation in 2 weeks. You will be translating from English to Polish. if you are availabe you can send me text on (619) 413-7285 thanks

Please, ignore or delete any email similar to this one.

January 2019

January 31, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent AKM-BECT

A report has been received of a person or group of individuals impersonating a project manager of the translation agency АКМ-ВЕСТ. The impersonator registered the domain www.akm-west.ru and used the email address znat@akm-west.ru to contact translators. This impersonator also created a profile with the name of the company [23] (now deleted) and used their logo as well. Note that the real webpage is www.akmw.ru and their real profile is at [24].

The goal of this scam is to pass a translation job a freelancer and steal the final translation. That means that there is no intention to steal money or data. For more information about this type of scam, you can read: [25]

January 30, 2019: Customs duty payment scam

A report has been received of a person impersonating a Facebook employee passing on a translation project with an extremely generous compensation. This is an example of the message received by a translator:

Hello Translator, I am Roy Nicolas,Facebook Foreign Language Consultant. We are pleased to inform you that you have been chosen at random to translate the Facebook Updated Privacy Policy content to your local language. The Facebook Updated Privacy Policy is an English content document which Facebook wants to make available to every user in every country worldwide in their respective languages. In view of this, a random selection of translators and interpreters was selected from different online platforms and directories worldwide to participate in this project. You have been chosen you as one of the translators to undertake this task. I say a congratulations to you. Please note that this project is not advertised on Facebook or any social media platform. Facebook wants this translation done discretely hence the need to choose translators at random. Secondly, the influx of translators and interpreters needs to be strictly controlled, advertising the project would create online chaos because of the benefits that comes with this project. That said, I besiege you to handle this project with utmost secrecy and discretion until completion.
The following benefits come with the Facebook Updated Privacy Translation Project
#1 A once off cash payment package of USD 25,000 to start the project translation.
#2 Special Facebook Account to advertise your business worldwide.
#3 $5,000 monthly cash disbursement to you.
#4 Facebook Marketplace Translator contract.
#5 All expenses paid trip to any holiday destination of your choice anywhere in the world.
This is your Unique Translator Code (UTC) 0079678FBPPTP998. This is a
unique code for you alone. Please keep this code and do not reveal it
to anybody.
To keep this project under the radar, the once off payment package of USD 25,000 is to be delivered to you by courier. This is because you are in a different country and the fastest and easiest way to get the payment to you is by cash. The package will be mailed through one of
the international courier companies. This process has been out-sourced to one of our local subsidiaries in here in the United States. They will manage the process of tagging,packaging,securing and safe delivery of the package to your address. Please contact Mrs Carolyn Andolini the Head, Logistics and Shipping of our subsidiary to further arrange the delivery of the document and the once off initial payment of USD 25,000 to your address. Carolyn can be reached by email at carolyn.andolini@gmail.com or +1 614-664-6905.
Congratulations once again.
Roy Nicolas
Facebook
'''Contact email: roynicolas5962@gmail.com
Contact name: Roy Nicolas'''

The scammer is not interested in the translation project (it is barely mentioned in the offer). After accepting the job, the translator will receive a phone call or email from the scammer impersonating an agent from the US Customs facility or a federal agent requesting payment for clearance and delivery of the package mentioned in the job offer. When inquired about this fee, the scammer will reply that they will refund all the fees. The translator will be instructed to send the payment to a personal bank account. After the payment is made, the scammer will insist that further payments are needed for one reason or the other.

January 15, 2019: Scammer pretending to represent Dorothy Translations

A report has been received of a person impersonating a translator and outsourcer. The aim of this is using the professional services of a translator without paying for them. The scammer used presented themselves as Dorothy Translations [26] and used the following email address dorothee.dorothy.translations@gmail.com. The email domain of the legitimate business is @dorothy-translations.com. Note that the scammer used a free email domain.

January 15, 2019: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name Christopher Robin. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam. This scam may be connected to the scams reported on December 5, 2018 and December 21, 2018. In this case the communication was held entirely in French (note the similarity with the previous scams reported).

Bonjour, J'aimerais savoir si vous êtes disponible pour traduire un document du français vers le russe Je vous remercie

After the translator accepted the job, the scammer proposed a 50% advance payment.

Votre prix semble relativement bas comparé à d'autres traducteurs et he l'apprécie vraiment. Je veux une traduction parfaite et précise. 50% du paiement (1 400 euros) seron envoyés à l'avance afin que vous puissiez procéder à la traduction dès que vous recevez le paiement et le solde à la fin du projet. Si vous acceptez 50% dès le départ, ma méthode de paiement préferée consiste à effectuer un virement bancaire ou un virement bancaire sur votre compte. Tout ce dont vous avez besoin maintenant, ce sont vos coordonnées bancaires. 
Pour virement bancaire / virement bancaire
Nom de banque:
Adresse postale de la banque:
Nom du compte:
Numéro de compte:
Numéro IBAN:
Je vais envoyer un bon de commande. avant que le paiement soit effectué

Then the scammer proceeded to tell the translator that they had sent the wrong amount:

Je tiens simplement à vous informer que le paiement à été effectué, mais il semble y avoir une confusion entre le montant qui vous a été envoyé. Je verrai la situation et vous recontacterai dès que possible demain.

Finally, the scammer requested that the funds be transferred back:

J'aimerais savoir si les fonds sont disponibles maintenant afin de que nous puissions régler la différence avec la planificatrice d'événements car elle a besoin urgent d'argent. Veuillez me recontacter dès que possible.

The email address used for this scam was christanabells@yahoo.com.

The company issuing the check was [27]

2018

December 2018

December 26, 2018: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Nicholas Constantinou

ProZ.com member Nicholas Constantinou [28], has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used by the scammer are nicholas_constantinou@gmail.com and nicholas_constantinou@hotmail.com

December 21, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam

This is another advance payment report. It's part of the overpayment scam in the section below (December 5, 2018). This new report adds more information to the previous one. Advance payment scams convince freelancers that a payment has been made (often in advance) for their services. The amount paid exceeds the amount due, so the scammer asks translators to transfer back the difference. Since the original payment is deposited via a fraudulent check, the funds are deducted from the freelancer's account once the check bounces. This is an email received by a translator informing them that an erroneous payment has been made:

Good morning [translator],  I just want to let you know the payment has been made but there seems to be a mix-up. I will see to the situation and get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you for your time, patience and understanding

A few days later, this email was received:

It was just confirmed to me the amount you will be getting is 9975.17 euros, so do watch out for the deposit in your account and let me know as soon as the money hits so we can sort out the difference

When the translator informed the scammer that they could not immediately transfer the funds back, the scammer tried to persuade the translator:

Please i need you you to understand certain things on how we can make this work as my work seems to be on the like here. Things seems to be behinds on schedule with the mix-up as the planner only has €400 to proceed with what she has to do with the €9975.17 so i manage to calm her down and let her know she will get the difference so if you cancel the transaction now then am finished. Am just trying to recover from the death of my son and its what i make of this job that my family live on. I will appreciate you deduct the €400 advance payment and send the balance to the planner or send the whole amount back to me. I want you to know as a mother i will do the same for you if you were to be in my shoes. Let me know what best works for you to transfer the money back either to me or the planner and i can send you the account details. Thank you and have a wonderful night rest till i hear from you again

The bank started suspecting that this could be a scam, so they cancelled any money transfer until the check had been cashed successfully (which never happened). At that point the scammer tried to persuade the translator of using an alternative money transfer method.

Here is what i think we can do, you try to transfer it online by doing your limit for the day if you can not send all at once, but i think you should be able to do it all at one as far as the bank get their charges.
I just want you to know we are having issues with the previous account i sent you and will want the money to be sent to the account below to avoid any issue. Thank you so much for your time and hope to hear back from you with the payment confirmation as soon as you can tomorrow. Thank you
Bank name: Banco Sabadell.
Holder: Desmond Omozusi Aikhionbare
IBAN: ES06-0081-4320-8800-0127-6236
BIC: BSABESBB
Bank address: Avenida castilla 26,19002 Guadalajara Madrid Spain.
Can you make western union or money gram?? You can do this for me, take the cash and go to the office and do it for me today then do another one tomorrow and next tomorrow till we are done. So sorry about the stress for you You can do 2500 today and another 2500 tomorrow and you can do the last one at the bank on Thursday. But please send me the payment confirmation a son as you are done

At no point was there any real interest in the translation. Both Western Union and the bank refused to make the transference as the situation was too dubious.

Names associated to this scam: Regina Slaughter

Email addresses associated to this scam: careslane1145@aol.com

December 5, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A report has been received of a person carrying out an advance payment scam under the name Capt. K. McKenzie. This person contacted freelancers to offer them translation jobs; this person would offer an advance payment and then ask freelancers to transfer back the excess amount. For more information, see: [29]

The email address used was: keith.mckenzie01@hotmail.com

This is one of the messages sent:

Hello, I just read your translator profile and how are you doing [user]?

I would like to know if you will be able to translate a document am to use for a presentation in the
next 5 to 7 weeks from English to French. Get back to me if you are available and will be able to get
this done for me. Copy of the documents will be send to you via EMAIL upon your reply to negotiate 
the price tag. 

I awaits your quick reply back today.

Thank you for your time and enjoy the rest of your day!

Yours sincerely,
Capt. K. McKenzie

An alternative message is:

Good day ,

I would like to know if you will be able to translate a document am to use for a presentation in 3 weeks.

You will be translating from English to [your native language].

A similar messages was also reported from a person under the name Captain C. Ferguson. This person used the following email address: ferguson.carlos1@hotmail.com

The message sent was:

Hello [user],

Can you translate a document for me? Wow, i am reading through your ProZ.com translator profile
 and very satisfied with your profile.

I have chosen you for this job. The text (document) would to be translate from English to French 
which am using for a presentation soon.

Let me know if you are available as soon as possible today.

Upon your reply i will send you the document to review and to negotiate price, and best delivery time
 you can get done.

I am looking forward hearing from you immediately, so kindly get back to me today.

Thanks for your trust, and for your understanding.

Regards
Captain C. Ferguson

After further communication, the following -fake- information was provided:

You can start working on the documents soon.

The translation is not published but using it for my upcoming presentation and personal research purposes for an event.

 A little introduction about myself, I'm a Retired Captain of the US Marine Corps and i was formally attached to the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352) of the battalions/squadrons Marine Special Operations Team.

Here is my details for the quote/invoice: Carlos Ferguson;

3313 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 United states.

Phone number: +1 707-754-7051

The same person or group may be behind both scams.

In both cases the person contacting the translator will insist on obtaining the bank account information necessary to make the -fraudulent- advance payment. This is necessary to reach to the next step, which is informing the translator that an overpayment has been made.

November 2018

November 22, 2018: CV hijacking by Mario Selwa Rossi / bigtranswork.com

A report has been received of a company called bigtranswork.com contacting translators on the site. This has been reported as a fake company involved in CV theft. You can see the full report here: [30]

In this case, the email addresses used were kristin.yuri@bigtranswork.com and yurikristin@gmail.com

The message sent was:

Hello Linguist,
Greetings from big transwork company.😊
We have an ongoing translation project from EN to DA as following:
Word count: 3000 new words, more than1500 repetetions
Delivery: Word files with high quality
Deadline: 1st, Nov.2018
Payment: 30 from the invoice via PayPal
If you are interested please reply ASAP. Please note that we confirm the fastest reply. Thank you.
Kind regards,
Kristin

November 22, 2018: CV hijacking by btdic.com

A report has been received of a company called Beyond the Dictionary contacting translators on the site. This has been reported as a fake company involved in CV theft. You can see the full report here: [31]

In this case, the email address used was: amany@btdic.com

The message sent was:

Hi All,
Hope my email finds you well!
We have a new translation job from Norwegian to English language.
It's 5 taxes files that we need them to be translaed by tomorrow at 2 pm CET. If you are interested, please reply ASAP.
Thanks and best regards,
Amani

November 9, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent Alba Translating Company

It has been reported that a person identifying himself/herself as Alexander from Alba Translating Company [32] has been contacting freelancers. The following message was received:

Name, добрый день!
Прошу предоставить расчет
стоимости перевода прилагаемого
файла с английского на русский.
Требуется обновить перевод
файла в соответствии с
обновленным каталогом.
Сохранение оригинального
оформления обязательно. В случае
вопросов пишите, пожалуйста, на
info@alba-translate.ru
Александр
С уважением, Бюро переводов «Альба»
письменный перевод | устный
перевод | локализация сайтов и ПО
| верстка | консульская
легализация и апостиль 603000, г. Нижний Новгород, ул. Б.
Покровская, д. 42Б • Тел.: +7 (831)
262-10-71 • +7 (962) 335-39-38 (дежурный
менеджер Илья) •
http://www.alba-translating.ru

Note that the email address domain is alba-translate.ru and the actual domain of the legitimate company is alba-translating.ru (which is included in the email signature). This person is also using the name "Alexander" (Александр), which is the name of a staff member at Alba Translating Company. The fraudulent domain alba-translate.ru was registered on October 02, 2018.

October 2018

October 24, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent Ulatus

Site staff has been alerted that an individual or group has been contacting freelancers on behalf of Ulatus. The email address used by the scammer is joinus.ulatus@gmail.com and under the name of Bradley Foster, who is an official representative of this company. The scammer would pass on jobs to freelancers using this company to gain credibility. The goal of this scam is to obtain translation projects delivered for free, so the scammer would continue to pass on jobs upon the promise of future payment (which would never be made). All communication from Ulatus is sent from email addresses whose domain is either @crimsoni.com or @ulatus.com.

The following alert has been posted on Ulatus website.

Any communication that is sent from Ulatus is only sent from our registered domain name @ulatus.com. No communication will be sent to any entity from, or on behalf, of an individual. In case you come across any such person(s) approaching you, please inform us at legal@ulatus.com.

October 22, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent Comprehensive Language Center, Inc

Site staff has received a report of an entity impersonating the legitimate company Comprehensive Language Center, Inc. The scammer was passing translation jobs using this company for credibility. The goal was outsource translation jobs without paying for them. This individual was using the following email address: msabir.comprehensivelc@gmail.com. Note that this is a free email address. The company actually uses the following domain for their email address: @comprehensivelc.com

This is an example of a message sent to a translator from the scammer:

Hello,
I am Mihrigul Sabir from Comprehensive Language Center, We contact you to check your availability for 1 page
to translate from Slovenian to English? please let em know what is your best delivery time, and your offer rate ?
Thanks,
-- 
Mihrigul Sabir 
Project Manager 
Comprehensive Language Center 
Phone: 713-240-07968
Email:msabir.comprehensivelc@gmail.com
http://www.comprehensivelc.com/

For more information, see: [33]

October 5, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent Ramboll

A report was received of scammers impersonating the legitimate company Ramboll [34]. Scam consisted in convincing the translator that the source documents would be sent by courier and then informing them that the documents had been withheld at the customs. The translator would then have to pay a fee of 1000 USD to a fake courier service called KUB express. The translator would then pay the fees to release the documents, but the funds would go directly to the scammers. Two fake websites were created for this scam. These are suspected to be professional scammers. More information available here: [35]

September 2018

September 13, 2018: Impersonation of ProZ.com user Chalotte Andersson

A report was received of a person who impersonated a ProZ.com user. This person used this user's CV and contacted outsourcers via the jobs board. This scammer was impersonating the real profile [36]. The email address used by the fraudulent user was charlotte0andersson@gmail.com. This case has been reported to the corresponding authorities.

September 13, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A report was received of a person contacting translators under the name Terry Cole. This person created a ProZ.com profile (now removed) and sent profile messages to translators. One example is the following:

Hello, My name is Terry Cole, I'm contacting you in regard to an English, content document with 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to Polish. I would like to know if you are interested and available to get this done for me. Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thank you. Best regards 
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Hello I'm pleased to know you are interested in handling this project. However, I will require your service to translate the attached English document to be translated to Spanish NOT POLISH, Am sorry. In the mean time, could you also confirm your charges per page, per source word or for the entire translation? The deadline for this Project is 1 month starting from 07/09/2018. Finally, what would be your preferred mode of payment? Though I'm proposing a certified bank draft, a cashier check or bank certified check. Please do not hesitate to confirm if this is okay with you? I look forward to reading from you soon. Best Regards, Terry.

The person wrote from the email address cole65270@gmail.com.

This scam was reported here: [https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/328511-scam_from_cole65270gmailcom_aka_terry_cole_sent_thru_prozcom_network.html

September 12, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam

A report was received of a person attempting to perform an advance payment scam. The person contacted a site user and offered to make an advance payment of 50%. Then contacted the translator stating that a sum ten times greater had been wired. Payment was never actually received by the translator. The scammer stopped replying. The scammer insisted that they worked for a foreign diplomat. The associated email address is patricia.smith1995tm@gmail.com, which has been banned from the site.

Here you can see a picture of the email received by the translator

September 5, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent iVisa

This seems to be an impersonation scam. A report has been received of a person who impersonates the real company iVisa. This person has tried to contact ProZ.com users repeatedly. This person uses the email address rei.cabucos23@gmail.com and other similar email addresses (the dot may be placed differently and the number may be different as well).

This scam was reported here: [37]

This is an example of an email sent to a ProZ.com user.

iVisa needs translators who can translate user interface
words (ie “click here” or “add to cart”). There is
one large spreadsheet containing these words and several
smaller .docx documents. All need translating.

==Screening Questions==

1.) Can you do translation?
2.) How many word can you reliably translate in a week?
3.) How much do you charge for 100 words? Do not inflate
your desired pay rate by 2-5x. Doing so will disqualify your
bid if someone else simply did not inflate their price.
4.) What is a double entry visa?
5.) iVisa processes both visas and visa waivers. What is the
difference between a visa and a visa waiver? Give me an
example of each.

It is unclear whether this person will act as a ghost client or carry out an advanced payment scam.

August 2018

August 31, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent Asia Translate

This was an impersonation scam. The scammer pretended to work for Asia Translate and carried out the scam under the name of Ivy Rose Tan. The scammer used the free email address ivyrosetan@outlook.sg.

August 29, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent ABTranslations SRL

A report has been received of an identity theft and impersonated client scam. The scammer used the name of a legitimate company to use the professional services of a number of freelancers.

The scammer pretended to be the Romanian company SC AB LANGUAGE SOLUTIONS SRL. This scammer was using a profile under the name ABTranslations SRL - ABTranslations SRL (now deleted). The contact email addresses were info@ab-translations.cc and abtranslations.contact@gmail.com, and the someone under the name Dagmar Arsaelsson replied to the emails. The scammer was using the webpage www.ab-translations.cc to seem more real (do not confuse with the real company website ab-traduceri.ro). They were using a fake phone number and their address is actually the address of an electric power company.

This fake profile was created by someone under the name of Judith Salmon (profile removed as well) and was using the email address judy.salmon@gmail.com.

May 2018

May 28, 2018: Advance payment / overpayment scam

It has been reported that a scammer under name Julie Brown/Brawn has been contacting translators from email address jub67541@gmail.com. After being contacted, providers may receive a message like this:

Hello
I'm pleased to know you are interested in handling this project. However, I will require your service to translate the attached German document. In the mean time, could you also confirm your charges per page, per source word or for the entire translation? The deadline for this Project is 1 month starting from 28 May 2018.Finally, I'm proposing a cashier check or bank certified check for the payment. Please do not hesitate to confirm if this is okay with you? I look forward to reading from you soon.

This case was also discussed here: https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/325661-this_sounds_a_bit_fishy.html

May 22, 2018: Scammer claiming to represent GEF

It has been reported that a scammer has been contacting service providers pretending to represent company GEF [38]. The scammer writes from email address russia@geftranslators.ru (the actual company domain is .com) and impersonates Valery Afanasiev, an actual company employee.

May 21, 2018: Advance payment scam under name "George Lance"

A report was received about an advance payment scam using name “George Lance”. Further contact information used by the scammer was email address georgelance@netscape.com

May 5, 2018: Scam aimed at retrieving sensitive information

Several emails have been received from "Holly Ader" [39] pretending to require translation services. The scammer invited translators to download the files required for the task. The files had to be downloaded from a webpage that looked like Dropbox. In order to download the files, translators needed to sign in with their Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, AOL or Office 365 accounts. The login form did not belong to any of these companies, but rather it was an imitation created by the scammer. This means that translators would be providing their login information to the scammer instead of actually logging in to their accounts. The email used was: holly@legacymgt.net

All links provided by this person lead to a fraudulent site.

The webpage of this restaurant was used to gain the trust of translators: http://www.legacyrestaurant.com/

This scam was first reported here: [40]

The following profile was used in this scam as well: [41] This was a site member under the name of Jeff Adler using the email address jeffery.plante@legacymgt.org. The email was the following:

Hello,
My wife Holly, contacted you last week for a virtual assistant position. Her email account has had some technical issues which is yet to be
resolved, hence my reason for contacting you. Please respond to this email to continue the conversation. Kind regards, Jeff.

May 2, 2018: Impersonation of translation company COME ALIVE COMMUNICATIONS, INC

A scammer pretending to represent company "COME ALIVE COMMUNICATIONS, INC" [42], has been reported. The scammer is currently using email address comealiveusa@gmail.com. See [43] for more information.

April 2018

April 19, 2018: Impersonation of translation company Berlo International Pte Ltd

A scammer pretending to represent company "Berlo International Pte Ltd", https://www.proz.com/blueboard/37193 , has been reported. The scammer uses email address berlotranslations1@gmail.com

February 2018

February 23, 2018: Impersonation of translation company LinguaNational Translations Inc.

A scammer pretending to represent company "LinguaNational Translations Inc." has been reported. The scammer uses email address linguanationaltranslationsinc@gmail.com. The company has confirmed that they only use accounts with the domain @linguanational.com. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization can be found at https://www.proz.com/blueboard/27722 If in doubt regarding the legitimity of a job offer by Linguanational Translations, service providers can contact President Janie Markos at jmarkos@linguanational.com.

February 9, 2018: Impersonation of translation company ALS

It has been reported that a scammer has been contacting service providers pretending to represent company ALS, https://en.als.ltd. The scammer writes from email address job@linvgo.ru.

January 2018

January 25, 2018: Scam sent from a ProZ.com paid profile

Several reports have have been received about scam messages coming from a paid profile. Scammers created a ProZ.com profile http://proz.com/profile/2495035 with username floridellar, paid membership for better credibility and used this profile to send scam messages to translators from the address dagobert.florianne@gmail.com, donny.anderson@premierhealthinsurance.net and georgeclutchconsult@gmail.com

One instance of the Secret Shopper scam was reported, but most colleagues reported a classic relocation scam:

I require the services of an assistant during my relocation.
Are you available?
What state are you located?
I hope to read from you soon.
Regards,
Donny.
Good Morning,
Are you interested in becoming a Secret Shopper?
If yes, please respond with your name,address and cell phone
number.
Details of your assignment would follow.
Regards.

A fake address was also reported:

Donny Anderson
Premier Health Insurance Services
5151 Flynn Pkwy. #626
Corpus Christi, TX 78411

The profile used for sending this scam has been removed and a refund has been issued (as in most cases they use stolen credit cards). Once again, learning the scammers' style can be more useful than knowing the disposable names or email addresses they use and drop.

January 24, 2018: Impersonation of translation company Alpha Omega Translations

It has been reported that a scammer has been contacting service providers pretending to represent company Alpha Omega Translations, http://www.alphaomegatranslations.com . The scammer writes from email address alphaomegatranslationss@gmail.com (free email address, intentionally misspelling “translations” as “translationss”).

January 10, 2018: Advance payment scam under name "Rebecca Andersen"

A report was received about an advance payment scam using name “Rebecca Andersen”. Further contact information used by the scammer was email addresses reandersenjr@gmail.com and debbieheitzer@gmail.com

2017

November 2017

November 24, 2017: Impersonation of translation company Oficina da Palavra

It has been reported that a scammer has been contacting service providers pretending to represent company Oficina da Palavra, http://oficina-da-palavra.pt/ . The scammer writes from email address oficiinadapalavra.lda@gmail.com (free email address, intentionally misspelling “oficina” as “oficiina”).

November 21, 2017: Impersonation of translation company ABBYY

It has been reported that a scammer has been contacting service providers pretending to represent company ABBYY, https://www.proz.com/blueboard/9434 . The scammer writes from email address job@linvgo.ru (note the similarity to lingvo.ru , a legitimate domain).

October 2017

October 23, 2017: Impersonation of site member under name "Patrice Dally"

ProZ.com member Patrice Philippi, https://www.proz.com/profile/1098551, has reported that his CV and cover letter are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Patrice Dally" and the email address is patricedally989@gmail.com

October 23, 2017: Impersonation of site member

ProZ.com member Teresita Garcia Ruy Sanchez, http://www.proz.com/profile/1090 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses several email addresses that are not used by her: TeresitaSanchez12@yahoo.com, teresitaruy1@gmail.com & teresita.sanchez@outlook.sa

October 10, 2017: Impersonation of site member

ProZ.com member Nicholas Constantinou, https://www.proz.com/profile/1328341 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is nicholas_constantinou@gmail.com

September 2017

September 19, 2017: Advance payment scam using name "Aminata Dramane"

A report was received about an advance payment scam using name "Aminata Dramane". Further contact information used by the scammer was email addresses aminataadramanee11@gmail.com.

September 13, 2017: Advance payment scam under name “Phillip W. Kone”

A report was received about an advance payment scam using name “Phillip W. Kone”. Further contact information used by the scammer was email addresses phpwarwick@gmail.com and phpwkone@yahoo.com , and Skype address phillip.kone1

July 2017

July 24, 2017: Four fraudulent profiles removed

A set of profiles sending fraudulent emails has been removed from the site. The profiles have been removed by now, but this is the contact information they were using:

trinteriors - leah@trinteriors.net
ionize - info@dndlimited.co.uk - JAMES BLUNT
kidsunited - info@eliteuk.ltd - Thomas McGregor
priornotice - kyra.davila@prexpat.com - PAUL VALDEZ

Remember that scammers can register an account and even purchase membership before they are spotted and can be blocked from using ProZ.com. Fraudulent offers need to be spotted based on their nature. This set of scammers, for example, was sending out a fairly common "Secret shopper" type. These start out by making an attractive offer of weekly payment, and end up requesting payment in their direction as part of the application process (akin to "Nigerian" type advance-fee scams).

This is the body of the message they were sending:

 Dear Translator,

Do you need to earn a little extra income?
Do you want to work from home?
You can earn up to $275 a week or more as an online secret
evaluation.
Our system is simple and produces great results. Here is how we do
it:

We work out what our online retailers need from you, the online
secret evaluation.
The best thing about online secret evaluation is it's simplicity.
Instead of spending millions of dollars on advertising their
products
and services, online companies go directly to the consumer.
Companies are able to improve their customer service through the
feedback you provide for them.
If you are interested,Email us with your postal details and
telephone number.

All shoppers must be 18 or over

Unfortunately, we can only take on a limited number of applicants,
so
not everyone will be accepted.
If you are accepted, you would be contacted.
All Rights Reserved
Copyright 2017 

June 2017

June 12, 2017: Scammer pretending to represent "101translations"

We have received reports of the impersonation of translation company 101translations. The scammers are using email address info101translations@gmail.com and name "John Acord". They do not represent 101translations, a legitimate company, with a Blue Board record at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/1435 . Please the announcement at http://www.proz.com/topic/315746 for more information.

April 2017

April 27, 2017: Scammer pretending to represent "Octopus Translations"

A scammer pretending to represent company "Octopus Translations" has been reported. The Blue Board record for the legitimate organization is at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/5570 . The scammer uses email address irina.bumbu@contractor.net . Note that Irina Bumbu is the name of a legitimate project manager working for Octopus Translations. Remember that email addresses hosted at free email services are suspicious, and follow up with the company directly if you receive an offer from such an email address.


April 6, 2017: Fake company "Translina" uses a phone number belonging to a legitimate company

Known scam operation "Translina", previously reported at http://proz.me/eu and http://proz.me/ev has been reported to be including phone and fax numbers belonging to a legitimate company in their POs.

April 5, 2017: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Nuri Burak Aksiray

ProZ.com member Nuri Burak Aksiray, http://www.proz.com/profile/1038551 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email used by the scammer is nuri.aksiray@gmail.com

April 5, 2017: Advance payment scam under name "Donald Powel"

A report was received for an advance payment scam using name Donald Powel and email address powel_donald@yahoo.com

January 2017

January 23, 2017: Fake identities "Anita Helfred", "Andrew Wilson"

Two new fake identities used by scammers: "Anita Helfred", "Andrew Wilson", Andrew-Wilson0@hotmail.com

January 20, 2017: Advance payment scam under name "Caihoun Kenneth"

An advance payment scam was reported at http://www.proz.com/topic/310904 . The scam uses name "Caihoun Kenneth" and email address dptfidelityich@gmail.com

January 19, 2017: Advance payment scam under name "David Paul"

An advance payment scam posing as a request for group language lessons was reported at http://www.proz.com/post/2622074#2622074 . The scammers use name "David Paul" and email address davidpaul815@gmail.com

2016

December 2016

December 30, 2016: Impersonation of company "McFelder"

A scammer pretending to represent company "McFelder" has been reported, Blue Board record at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/8192 . The scammer uses email address snowwhitetranslation@gmail.com . Note that the company only uses emails ending in @mcfelder.com to contact translators.

December 16, 2016: Impersonation by 24translate.net

ProZ.com members Grzyb & Kulawik http://www.proz.com/profile/1230709 have reported that their CV and name are being used by a scammer linked to banned operation 24translate.net, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/40856 , to contact outsourcers. The email addres used by the scammer is hamza@24translate.net.

December 15, 2016: Impersonation of site Member Michael Beijer

ProZ.com member Michael Beijer, http://www.proz.com/profile/652138, has reported that his name and an and old CV are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers, using the fake email address michael.beijer24@gmail.com

December 7, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "JAMES COOGLER"

An advance payment scam using name "JAMES COOGLER" and email address cooglerjamess@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer had registered an account on ProZ.com under username "jcool". The account has been removed by now.

December 7, 2016: Fake company under name "Translina" is still contacting freelancers

Fake company "Translina" was recently reported to be active, at http://www.proz.com/post/2611016#2611016 . The name used by the scammer this time was "Richard Lackey", with email address richardlackey789@gmail.com

See http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#March_8.2C_2016:_Fake_company_.22Translina.22 for the last alert about this operation.

November 2016

November 21, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Anthony Jayden"

An advance payment scam was reported today The scammer uses name "Anthony Jayden" and email address anthjay01@mail.com


November 7, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Jack Boulden"

An advance payment scam was reported to be currently active. The scammer uses name "Jack Boulden" and email address jbouldenservices1881@gmail.com

October 2016

October 26, 2016: Fraudulent operation under company name translationspace.net

Fraudulent operation originally branded "Languagemet" and documented at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 has been reported to be active under yet another new name: translationspace.net . Emails are being sent from email address info@translationspace.net , with name "Zaki Al-Attar".

October 25, 2016: Impersonation of colleague Ana Tarchitzky

ProZ.com member Ana Tarchitzky, http://www.proz.com/profile/698402 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses these email addresses: ana.tarchitzky2@yahoo.com , ana.tarchitzky74@gmail.com and translation.work90@gmail.com

October 24, 2016: Scammer operating under name "Jenny Jones"

A fraudulent profile has been removed from ProZ.com. The scammer used name "Jenny Jones", username "gertrans", and email address jonestrans@outlook.com . The profile was being used to find jobs through the job posting system, that were then sourced to legitimate translators. One name used to outsource jobs to translators was "Christian Axberg". That name has no presence on ProZ.com.

See http://www.proz.com/blueboard/45022 and http://proz.me/eo for more information.

October 24, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Vicky Romeo"

An advance payment scam was reported to be currently active. The scammer uses name "Vicky Romeo" and email address vickyromeo128@gmail.com

October 21, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "ThompsoN Jennifer"

An advance payment scam was reported at http://www.proz.com/topic/307783. The scammer uses name "ThompsoN Jennifer" and email address jthomsonj12@gmail.com

October 11, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "James Costa"

An advance payment scam was reported at http://www.proz.com/post/2595427#2595427 . The scammer uses name "James Costa", signs with name "Cole", and uses email address costa20102016@gmail.com

October 5, 2016: Probable scam under name "Steven Bangham"

A probable scam was reported at http://www.proz.com/topic/307217 . The sender uses name "Steven Bangham" and email address stevenbangham4@gmail.com

October 3, 2016: Fake CV under name "ALBERT Vigier"

A scammer using a fake CV under name "ALBERT Vigier" and email address languageservice.albert@gmail.com has been reported.

September 2016

September 23, 2016: Scam operation under company name "Brenntag UK Limited"

A scam has been reported on http://www.proz.com/post/2583991 . The scammers operate under company name "Brenntag UK Limited", and give this as their website: http://brenntagsoutheast.co.uk/ (404 error). The scammers claim to represent Adecco as a human resources firm, but that is false. Known email addresses used by the scammers are hrd@brenntagsoutheast.co.uk , a.fielding1965001@gmail.com , sb85190310@gmail.com

The scam here is that freelancers are supposedly accepted for job opportunities, and then asked to make a payment to cover for their training. Always be wary of job offers that ask for payment before the job is granted.

September 21, 2016: Fake CV under name "Robert J Kokuoa"

A scammer using a fake CV under name "Robert J Kokuoa" and email address johnsonr203@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer had registered a profile on ProZ.com under username "robertj601", that has been removed by now.

September 19, 2016: Advance payment scam using name "Desmond O'Rourke"

An advance payment scam using name "Desmond O'Rourke" and email address desmondxxl31@gmail.com has been reported on ProZ.com forums. Note that the name belongs to a legitimate translator, that is not related to this scam. You can read more about this here: http://www.proz.com/post/2585041#2585041

August 2016

August 29, 2016: Impersonation of company "The Translation Gate, LLC"

A scammer pretending to represent company "The Translation Gate, LLC" has been reported. The scammer uses emails hosted on Gmail. Note that the company only uses emails hosted at thetranslationgate.com and thetranslationgate.net to contact translators.

Please see http://www.proz.com/post/2583197#2583197 for more information.

August 9, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Joyce Narvaez"

An advance payment scam using name "Joyce Narvaez" and email address prolanceservice@gmail.com has been reported.

August 1, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Sterling"

An advance payment scam using name "Sterling" and email address sterlsinc105@gmail.com has been reported.

July 2016

July 27, 2016: Fake CV under names "Beckmann Christina" or "Christina Bec"

A ProZ.com profile associated with a scammer using a fake CV was removed after it was reported at https://twitter.com/tsdirectory/status/758248976915259392 . The name used by the scammer is "Beckmann Christina" or "Christina Bec", with email addresses christina-beckman@hotmail.com , christinaabeckmann@gmail.com . The profile was located at http://www.proz.com/profile/2165378

July 15, 2016: Scammer operating under company name "magic-trans.net"

A scammer operating under company name "magic-trans.net" has been reported to be active contacting translators lately. This operation is similar to the one carried out under names LanguageMet or Translation Secrets. Please visit http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 and http://www.proz.com/topic/302893 for more information.

July 11, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "David Miller"

An advance payment scam using name "David Miller" and email address doyen06@yahoo.com has beer reported, at http://www.proz.com/topic/304037 and http://www.proz.com/post/2569637#2569637

July 6, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Terri Adam"

An advance payment scam using name Terri Adam and email address terriadam8701@gmail.com was reported at http://www.proz.com/post/2568107#2568107

June 2016

June 22, 2016: Advance payment scam under names "Jessica Butler" and "Kathy Haring"

These names have been reported to be used in advance payment scams: "Jessica Butler" and "Kathy Haring". The email addresses used in conjuction with these names are jessicabutler205@gmail.com and kharing515@gmail.com

June 21, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Joseph Fraga"

An advance payment scam using name "Joseph Fraga" was reported. An email address used by this scammer is josephfragasport@gmail.com

June 3, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "James Brisley"

An advance payment scam using name "James Brisley" was reported at http://www.proz.com/post/2556395#2556395 . An email address used by this scammer is jbforlanguages1555@gmail.com

May 2016

May 30, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "James M Burke"

An advance payment scam using name "James M Burke" was reported at http://www.proz.com/post/2555294#2555294 . An email address used by this scammer is jmburke8701@gmail.com

May 26, 2016: Scammer using email address new.life443@gmail.com

ProZ.com member tinaparelius, http://www.proz.com/profile/759712 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses name "Tina Harrison", and email address new.life443@gmail.com

May 25, 2016: Fake CV under name "Sabine Lang"

A scammer using a fake CV under name "Sabine Lang" and email address sabine.lang80@hotmail.com has been reported. The scammer had registered a profile on ProZ.com, that has been removed by now.

May 24, 2016: Scammers pretending to represent Avanta Translating

Scammers pretending to represent company Avanta Translating, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/19891 have been contacting freelancers using free email address avanta-translating@list.ru . Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/301726 for more information.

May 19, 2016: "John Varela Consulting" advance payment scam

Name "John Varela", "Donald Edwards" and email address johnvarelaconsulting@gmail.com are being used to contact translators for an advance payment scam. This scam is being discussed at http://www.proz.com/topic/287342

May 19, 2016: Scammer requesting payment to marigoldinternational@aol.com

A scammer is contacting freelancers requesting a 25 USD PayPal payment marigoldinternational@aol.com in exchange for supposed past work. Known names used by the scammer are "Julia Redfield", "Victor Mitran" and "Pablo Cordoba". This scam is being discussed at http://www.proz.com/topic/302015 and http://www.proz.com/topic/302020

April 2016

April 27, 2016: Potential scam under name "Sandra Lopez"

A potential scam using name "Sandra Lopez" and email addresses Sandra@multi-lang.com & multilanguages2@gmail.com has been reported.

April 26, 2016: Potential scam under name "doaa khamis"

A scam using name "doaa khamis" and and email address doaa@btdic.com was reported on a site forum today: http://www.proz.com/post/2546297#2546297

April 17, 2016: Potential scam under name "Andrew Guida"

Email address: a.guidaxxl@gmail.com . This is the email being sent out:

How are you doing and how is your business, I am in need of a translator for my documents. The documents are titled Drug Abuse and Addiction, Solution to drug abuse and addiction.
The first document have 12,413 words and the second one have 22103 words.
The first document is ready for translation and the second is with the Editor and it will be ready soon and shall be sent to you when its ready.
Deadline for the first document is May 20th while deadline for the second document shall be discussed when i send it to you but i am sure you will have enough time to translate it.
Kindly get back to me with the quote per word, charges for the first document, charges for the second document and also your language combination, i am asking for the language combination for  confirmation because i cant remember again. I had your contact in my directory of translator/interpreter for a long time.

I will be waiting to read back from you as soon as possible.

Best Regards,
Andrew Guida.

April 15, 2016: AATII, directory of translators populated by scraping publicly available information

We have received reports that a new portal, AATII, has created a directory of professionals by scraping publicly available information. This is the forum thread where the discussion is taking place: http://www.proz.com/topic/300701

If you find yourself listed there, you can request the removal of your information by using the contact information posted on https://aatii.com/contactus :

Customer service phone number  :    + 1 604 370 2171
Customer service email:           customer_service@aatii.com 

April 6, 2016: Potential scam under name "Loredana Maxen"

Reports have been received of a potential scam with name "Loredana Maxen", and email addresses loredana.translation@gmail.com and loredana@bhtranslationworld.com . This person has been contacting freelancers and requesting their CV and updated cover letter.

March 2016

March 30, 2016: Fake translator under name "Niklas Dresner"

A scammer posing as a translator using name "Niklas Dresner" and email address niklas.dre.de@gmail.com has been reported to be contacted outsourcers. The scammer was spotted because his CV included (fake) references from the person he was contacting.

March 23, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Donald Powell"

An advance payment scam using name "Donald Powell" and email addresses donald.powell77@yahoo.com & acctmg.shirelle@outlook.com. has been reported. The scammer also registered a profile at ProZ.com with username "Donald12312". The profile has now been removed.

March 23, 2016: Advance payment scam under name "Stephen Gray"

Name "Stephen Gray" and email addresses stephengray@supralifecare.org & stephengray075@gmail.com are being used to contact translators for an advance payment scam.

March 21, 2016: Overpayment scam under names "Paul Fletcher" & "Andrew Newman"

These names were used by scammer contacting translators to being an overpayment scam: "Paul Fletcher" / paulfletccher@gmail.com , "Andrew Newman" / newandrewmann@gmail.com

March 18, 2016: Scam operation under name "Translation Community Co."

A scammer company called Translation Community Co. operating from Gaza Strip has been reported to be contacting translators recently. There is a Blue Board record for this operation at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/41926 . This is the contact information used by the scammers: "Lisbeth Frade" / lisbeth@translationcommunity.co , "Miguel Santa" / Miguel@translationcommunity.co

March 8, 2016: Scammers operating as translators and outsourcers

A new scam has been reported in which scammers apply to get translation projects under a false identity, outsource the project to a professional translator, deliver the translation to the client, get paid, only to later disappear without paying the translator that completed the translation.

Known contact details used by these scammers are "John Pearson / pearson.john@hotmail.com", "Richard Benton / benton.richard@mail.com", "Andrew Davison / davison.a@outlook.com" and "Paul Larkin / larkin.p@mail.com / larkin.p@outlook.com . Three profiles, now removed, with that information were registered on ProZ.com and used to contact outsourcers and translators. Note that membership had been purchased for all of those profiles. Remember that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is who they say they are. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.

A Blue Board record associated to the "outsourcing" phase of this scam can be found at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/45022

Note that there is a legitimate translator called Paul Larkin. There may be others under the rest of the names.

March 8, 2016: Fake company "Translina"

A scammer is operating under fake company name "Translina". Emails are sent from adamj6901@translina.com , including names "John Adam" and "Sara Gomes".

March 3, 2016: Scammer under name "Igor Onishko"

Name "Igor Onishko" and email addresses worldtranslator951@gmail.com and onishko.lgor@hotmail.com (note the lower case "L" substituting the "I" in Igor) are being used by a scammer to contact clients with a CV taken from an established translator.

February 2016

February 22, 2016: Probable scam email sent from 2 different email addresses

A probable scam was reported through site forums today: http://www.proz.com/topic/298495 . The following message was being sent from email addresses mark.pelbo1987@gmail.com & micheal.andray1987@gmail.com :

Greetings,

Good day to you,i found your contact details on a registry of
translators and interpreters,while searching for a written translator to translate a term paper on my behalf.

Do you posses such such expertise?
Do you provide such services?
What is your target language?
What is your source language?
Do you have any certification?
Are you available for the translation?

Kindly get back to me thanks.

February 18, 2016: Continued impersonation of ProZ.com member Amanda Fearnley

ProZ.com member Amanda Fearnley, http://www.proz.com/profile/1491380 , has reported that her name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is amandacharass@gmail.com

This is the second alert about this case of impersonation — the last alert was sent over a year ago: http://proz.me/en . The scammer is still active using the same set of contact information.

February 12, 2016: CV hijacking under name "Edward Romell"

ProZ.com user Lisa Mann has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name and email address used by the scammer are "Edward Romell" and edward.romell@gmail.com

February 10, 2016: Advance payment scam using name ""Davis Parez"

An advance payment scam using name "Davis Parez" has been reported today. The scammer is pretending to be a university student. Please see forum thread http://www.proz.com/topic/208126 for more information.

January 2016

January 29, 2016: Advance payment scam using name "Edgardo Williams"

An advance payment scam using the name "Edgardo Williams" and the email address edgardo.williams@yandex.com has been reported.


January 25, 2016: Impersonation of translator Michiko Watanabe

ProZ.com member Michiko Watanabe, http://www.proz.com/profile/105179 , has reported that her name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is michikowatanabe2@gmail.com

January 18, 2016: Impersonation of Ettore Peyrot from company "Ability Translations"

A scammer is contacting translators pretending to be Ettore Peyrot from company "Ability Translations", http://www.proz.com/blueboard/5018 . Legitimate email addresses used by "Ability Translations" are hosted exclusively at the following domains: @traduzione-localizzazione.com , @localization-translation.com and @ability-mktg.com . Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/297121 for more information.

January 15, 2016: Scammers pretending to represent company "Accent On Languages"

A scammer pretending to represent company "Accent On Languages" has been reported. The scam consists in asking payment from translators in order to verify their identities, after they are sent an attractive job offer. These messages are being sent out from email addresses hosted at accentonlg.com and accent-on-languages.com . Similar scams have been reported recently, under company names "Hipay", "Q & A Research" and "Apex Translations". Note that the online payment form includes a Realtranslatorjobs.com banner, a scam website that has been around for several years.

The payment form is hosted by Clickbank, an online marketplace that has a refund policy that can be can be used by anyone who has made a payment. If you have made a payment, you can request a refund by contact Clickbank support at https://www.clkbank.com/#!/ . Please see https://accounts.clickbank.com/return_policy.html for more information on their refund policy.

Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/296989 for more information on this scam.

January 6, 2016: Impersonation of company "Hipay"

A scammer pretending to represent company "Hipay" has been reported. The scam consists in asking payment from translators in order to verify their identities, after they are sent an attractive job offer. Note that the page to make the payment includes a Realtranslatorjobs.com banner, a scam website that has been around for several years. See http://www.proz.com/topic/201643 for more information on that scam.

The name used for these messages is "Lucia Venucci" and the email address is careers@hipaypanel.com . Similar scams have been reported recently, under company names "Q & A Research" and "Apex Translations".

The scammers had posted a set of job postings last week, with these titles "Seeking experienced translators for 8k+ words & long-term cooperation", "Translators Wanted A.S.A.P", "English > Spanish, French, Russian - 8k words translation (ongoing)". Both job postings have been removed by now, and everyone who submitted a quote has been contacted.

Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/296420 for more information.

December 2015

December 22, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Anthony Muller"

An advance payment scam using name "Anthony Muller" and email address vnkmuller2020@gmail.com has been reported.

December 21, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Van Jong"

An advance payment scam using name "Van Jong" and email address jongvan5060@gmail.com has been reported.

December 10, 2015: Fake CV under name "Manjiri Uemura"

A potential fake CV with the following contact details has been reported: Manjiri Uemura / harumi.trans@yahoo.com / harumi111sophia@hotmail.com / uemura.manjiri@gmail.com

December 9, 2015: Scammers pretending to represent company "Gengo"

A second scam where scammers pretend to represent company "Gengo" has been reported. The scam consists in asking payment from translators in order to verify their identities, after they are sent an attractive job offer. Additionally, two fake versions of the Gengo website were created, at: http://gengo.ml/ and http://www.gengo-online.com/ (both websites are down now). The name on the email was "Yamal Kamal". Translators are being asked to create an account there, potentially as a phishing attempt.

Please see http://www.proz.com/post/2495545#2495545 for more information.

November 2015

November 18, 2015: Potential advance payment scam using name "James Banks"

A potential advance payment scam using name "James Banks" and email address jamesbanks1860@gmail.com has been reported.

November 12, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Sarah Moore"

An advance payment scam using name "Sarah Moore" and email address smoore00725@gmail.com has been reported.

November 5, 2015: Client impersonation under name "Xiao Wang"

An impersonated client scam using name "Xiao Wang" and email address xiaowangwt@126.com has been reported. The scammer claims to represent a company by the name "Wonderful Translation Company", but does not. Please see http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/#impersonated_client_scam for more information on this type of scam.

October 2015

October 30, 2015: Impersonation of site member Donny Wang

ProZ.com member Donny Wang, http://www.proz.com/profile/650600 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address being used by the scammer is Donny-Wang@hotmail.com

October 28, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "John Mc Cullen"

An advance payment scam using name "John Mc Cullen" and email addresses markvictry@gmail.com and jmprowx@yahoo.com has been reported.

October 26, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Isidro Lopez"

An advance payment scam using name "Isidro Lopez" and email addresses wilsonpaul024@gmail.com and chilo97147@hotmail.com has been reported.

October 22, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Tracy Johnson"

An advance payment scam using name "Tracy Johnson" and email address creatorsales2016@gmail.com has been reported.

October 6, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Agustin Mike"

An advance payment scam using name "Agustin Mike" and email addresses agustinemike84@outlook.com and vencan4@gmail.com has been reported.

September 2015

September 30, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "John Fowler"

An advance payment scam using name "John Fowler", email address j.fowler2020@gmail.com and address "7290 Beverly Boulevard" has been reported. This scam seems to be related to the one using name "David Klopp": http://www.proz.com/topic/288071

September 29, 2015: Impersonation of company "Gengo"

A scam pretending to represent company "Gengo" has been reported. The scam consists in asking payment from translators in order to verify their identities, after they are sent an attractive job offer. Additionally, a fake version of the Gengo website was created with a .ga domain. Translators are being asked to create an account there, potentially as a phishing attempt.

Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/292091 for more information.

September 28, 2015: Impersonation of company "Q & A Research"

A scam pretending to represent company "Q & A Research" has been reported. The scam consists in asking payment from translators in order to verify their identities, after they are sent an attractive job offer. The name used for these messages is "Amanda Harrison" and the email address is careers@qandaresearch.com

This scam is very similar to the one reported on http://proz.me/ek . That was reported a month ago, and the company being impersonated was "Apex Translations".

Please see http://www.proz.com/topic/291868 for more information.

September 28, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "Melissa Cantor"

An advance payment scam using name "Melissa Cantor" and email address melissac12251970@gmail.com has been reported. See http://www.proz.com/topic/292024 for more information.

September 22, 2015: Scammer trying to extort payment in Bitcoin

Two reports have been received today about a new kind of scam in which a scammer attempts to extort outsourcers by pretending to be an unpaid translator claiming payment. Two such reports were received, and each scam email was impersonating a different person. One set of contact information was "Aleksander Bulinski" / aleksander.bulinski@yahoo.co.uk , and the other was "Laura Robertson" / laura.robertson128@aol.com . Neither person is involved in this scam. This is the message being sent out by the scammer:

Hi
 
I am (name) from Ashland, 1401 Oregon St. #768, OR 97520,
United States.
In September 2014 I worked for you: translation from French to English of document: "Financial Disputes between companies Bloomin 'Brands and SC Johnson & Son".
There were 5083 source words, therefore I deserved as payment:
5083 words X $0.06 = $305.
I sent you the invoice and you said you will pay me within 45 days (after delivery of the translation).
Unfortunately I got sick seriously, namely: pulmonary tuberculosis.
I stayed in the hospital "Asante Ashland Community Hospital" almost 1 year for treatment with: Isoniazid, Rifampin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol, Amikacin, Ethionamide, Moxifloxacin, Para-aminosalicylic acid and Streptomycin.
Now I'm healthy.
I checked my PayPal account, but it does not appear the amount of $ 305 as received from you.
So you did not pay me for my work ($ 305).
You must pay me for my work. Because now I have some problems with my account PAYPAL, please send me as payment 1 Bitcoin (1 BTC) into the account:
 
1DNVirNZa3JLU94GLsTjECX8ZLkq3K7bgX
 
  
In any case, 1 Bitcoin is less than $ 305.
Waiting for payment (1 Bitcoin) within one week. If I will not receive payment within a week - I will send a message about your agency (that you are crooks and swindlers and you use the work of honest translators without  paying them) to:
1. proz.com - http://www.proz.com/;
2. translators cafe -http://www.translatorscafe.com;
3. translator town - http://www.translatorstown.com/;
4. translation directory - http://www.translationdirectory.com/;
5. traduguide - http://www.traduguide.com/;
6. Police in your city;
7. FBI - https://www.fbi.gov/;
8. the government agency in your country dealing with Internet crime
(in this case - exploitation of honest translators by crooks of translation companies);
9. the website Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/ (I will pay this website in order to display my message about your agency: that you are crooks and swindlers and you use the work of honest translators without paying  them);
10. I will build a website and I will insert as content the story of my "collaboration" with your agency and the fact that you did not pay me and you are swindlers. Then I will  pay for promoting this website on Google (I  will pay to the website http://www.thesitewizard.com which will connect my website with 400,000 websites worldwide). Thus millions of Internet users will learn about your agency and the fact that you are swindlers (that  you use the work of honest translators without to pay);
11. I have 10 million email addresses of people from all over the world. I have a software professional bulk email sender that allows me to send message to 1 million email addresses per day. During 10 days I will send  messages to these 10 million email addresses. Thus, 10 million citizens from all over the world will learn about your agency and the fact that you are swindlers (that you use the work of honest translators without to pay);
12. I will send a message (with the description of the situation at your agency) to the 20 most important newspapers in your country;
13. I will notify the US Embassy in your country about your offense (me being an American citizen).
I warn you that I am not joking, and I am very decided to recover the money for my work: 1 Bitcoin.
You can avoid the 13 points above if you will send me 1 Bitcoin (1 BTC) into the account:
 
1DNVirNZa3JLU94GLsTjECX8ZLkq3K7bgX
 
 
Waiting for payment
 
Kind regards
 
(name)
Ashland, 1401 Oregon St. #768, OR 97520,
United States.

Note that in both cases the postal address and Bitcoin account are the same.

September 22, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "Michael Butler"

An advance payment scam using name "Michael Butler" and email address mb12251960@gmail.com has been reported.

September 15, 2015: New scam, reminiscent of the classic Nigerian scam

A new scam reminiscent of the classic Nigerian scam has been reported recently. In this version, the scammer pretends to represent Lingo24 Translation Services, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/801 , but does not. The scammer uses name "James Henry" and email address joseph_wk26@yahoo.com . This is the message being sent out:


New Campaign (Save a student)
Nigeria, Africa's most populous country has a high illiteracy rate and a low GDP. We will raise funds online for Language studies students of Nigeria who can't afford to pay their tution. There are volunteers in Nigeria.  But in order to raise funds they need to create a gofundme.com fundraising campaign. Gofundme has only 2 withdrawal options- wepay and stripe. Wepay is supported in US and Canada. And Stripe is supported in UK, Australia and  a few European countries. So it's very difficult for Nigerians to raise funds online.
Stripe is possibly supported in your country. Can you create a gofundme account for the volunteers? You can send money via western-union after withdrawing the funds from Stripe. We can pay you 10% of the total raised funds  for your services. If you agree to help the Nigerian volunteers to create a gofundme campaign, just send us an email to joseph_wk26@yahoo.com and let us know.
Though it will take a few more weeks for you to get approved as a Lingo24 translator, you are already a member of Lingo24. And we will be grateful if you agree to help our volunteers."

September 11, 2015: Apparent impersonation of a legitimate translator

What seems to be the impersonation of a legitimate translator has been reported through site forums at http://www.proz.com/topic/290357 and http://www.proz.com/topic/290117 . The messages include a link to a Linkedin profile for a person presumably based in France, but the IP address on the messages indicates the person sending them is based in Jordan. The messages are signed "Charline Vuillet", the same name in the Linkedin profile.

September 10, 2015: Impersonation of site user Christopher Burin

It has been reported that a scammer is using name "Christopher Burin" and email address chrisburin79@gmail.com to contact freelancers. The name does actually belong to a genuine site user with a profile at http://www.proz.com/profile/110680 . However, he is no longer freelancing, so any offers you receive from chrisburin79@gmail.com - or from other e-mail addresses, purporting to be from "Christopher Burin" - are from the scammer and are fraudulent.

September 9, 2015: Impersonation of site member Sameh Elnokaly

ProZ.com member Sameh Elnokaly, http://www.proz.com/profile/1256162, has reported that his name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is s.elnokally@gmail.com . Please ask for a proof of identity and/or get in contact with with Sameh via Skype (s.elnokaly) or email: s.elnokaly@hotmail.com . That is the legitimate email address used by this translator.

September 7, 2015: Scam under name "Berenice Legros"

A scam using name "Berenice Legros" and email address berelegros@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer requested a translation and claimed payment was made using a forged bank note. This is related to a job posting that has since been removed, and all possible quoters have been informed.

August 2015

August 22, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "Ben Wheeler"

An advance payment scam using name "Ben Wheeler" and email address b.wheeler0808@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer was asking for the translation of a file on health care policy.

August 19, 2015: Impersonation of company "Apex Translations"

A scam involving the impersonation of legitimate company "Apex Translations", http://www.proz.com/blueboard/3606, has been reported on site forums. Using names "Emily Phillips" and "Ameer Nassim", with email addresses emilyphilips.apex@gmail.com and ameernassim@gmail.com . This is the website they linked in their emails: http://www.apex-portal.ga/ (note it is a domain hosted in Gabon, Africa). Please visit these forum threads for more information on this operation: http://www.proz.com/topic/289796 and http://www.proz.com/topic/289808


The scammers had posted a set of job postings last week, with these titles "French & Portuguese Translators Wanted", "Translators Wanted A.S.A.P", "Hiring Short or Long Term Translator". All job postings have been removed by now, and everyone who submitted a quote has been contacted.


Keep in mind that job postings are approved as long as they meet site rules: http://www.proz.com/?sp=siterules&mode=show&category=jobs_posting . It is often not possible to determine if an offer is fraudulent or not before it is approved. When a fraudulent offer is identified, the community is warned about it.


August 3, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "David Hooks"

An advance payment scam using name "David Hooks" and email address david.hooks20@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer claims to represent company "Glenview Language Network", a company that doesn't seem to exist.

July 2015

July 25, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Mark Davis"

An advance payment scam using contact information "Mark Davis" and email address markdv112@gmail.com has been reported. The message being sent out is the same as in the "Nigel Jennet" scam, reported yesterday. This is the message being sent out:

Translation Work
Hello!

I am Mark Davis, a resident of Michigan,United States.I am writing you from Lisburn,UK where i am presently on an official visit.I will be making a presentation to some groups of French speaking people in Quebec, Canada on  the 30th of September,2015.However,i will need you to help in translating some documents from English to French,so each of my audience can have an extra copy in French language and they can follow through.The deadline for  the delivery of translations is September 4,2015.Please,let me have an estimate for the documents(see attached).I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best Regards,
Mark

July 24, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "Nigel Jennet"

An advance payment scam using contact information "Nigel Jennet" and email address n.jennett2@gmail.com has been reported. Note that the contact information is similar to what was used in a scam reported in 2013: http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/249974-possible_new_advanced_payment_scam.html

July 21, 2015: Scammer pretending to represent company A2Z Global LLC

A scammer using name "Ronen Eliav" and email address roneneliav@yahoo.co.uk has been contacting translators pretending to represent company A2Z Global LLC, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/2303 . This person does not represent A2Z Global LLC.

Note that "Ronen Eliav" is also the name of a legitimate translator, not connected to this scam.

July 20, 2015: Stolen CV under names "Morten Aleksandersen" and "Ingrid Jørnsrud/Jornsrud"

ProZ.com member Ingrid Thorbjørnsrud, http://www.proz.com/profile/763198 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The names used by the scammer are "Morten Aleksandersen" and "Ingrid Jørnsrud/Jornsrud", with email addresses morteen.aleksandersen@gmail.com and ingrid.trans2@gmail.com

July 20, 2015: Advance payment scam using name "David Klopp"

An advance payment scam using name "David Klopp" and email address davidoklopp@gmail.com has been reported. See the forum thread at http://www.proz.com/topic/288071 for more information.

July 16, 2015: Impersonation of a translator

ProZ.com member Michael Beijer, http://www.proz.com/profile/652138 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is michael.beijer24@gmail.com .

July 8, 2015: Potential scam from email address workathandd@gmail.com

A potential scam using email address workathandd@gmail.com and username "polaroid" has been reported. The messages were sent from a ProZ.com profile with membership, that has since been removed.

July 6, 2015: Potential scam from email address iamthomasberkley@gmail.com

A potential scam using email address iamthomasberkley@gmail.com and username "weekend" has been reported. The messages were sent from a ProZ.com profile with membership, that has since been removed.

June 2015

June 6, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "Myriam Sales"

An advance payment scam using name "Myriam Sales" and email addresses myriam.salesinc@gmail.com has been reported.

June 2, 2015: Impersonation under email address aelisabeth82@gmail.com

ProZ.com member e-beth, http://www.proz.com/profile/1023029 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is aelisabeth82@gmail.com

May 2015

May 27, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "John Luka"

An advance payment scam using name "John Luka" and email addresses lukajohn69@gmail.com & pouncy808@yahoo.com has been reported. The scammer contacted translators requesting a translation of articles on STD among teenagers.

May 22, 2015: Impersonation under name "Daniel Yang"

ProZ.com member William He, http://www.proz.com/profile/712367 , has reported that his CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is just "Daniel Yang" and the email address is daniyang3@gmail.com

May 21, 2015: Continued impersonation

It has been reported that the scammer impersonating ProZ.com user Rui Sosa ( http://www.proz.com/profile/125715 ) is still active, using email address alberto.rui110@gmail.com . This was originally reported a year ago: http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#May_27.2C_2014:_Impersonation_of_a_translator

May 18, 2015: Scammer requesting a 50 EUR chèque de banque

A potential scam using email address talktokilll@gmail.com , username "Kidominant" and signing as "Andy" has been reported. The messages requested that a cheque for 50 EUR was sent to the scammer, promising a refund. See http://www.proz.com/topic/285949 for more information.

April 2015

April 29, 2015: Advance payment scam under name "Walter Huff"

An advance payment scam using name "Walter Huff" and email address callmewaltxxl@gmail.com has been reported. The scammer contacted translators requesting a translation of articles on drug abuse and gun control.

March 2015

March 31, 2015: Invoice scams from email address 40049@bk.ru

Many reports were made on http://www.proz.com/topic/283135 about a classic scam that is currently being targeted at translators and translation companies. It consists in an unknown person sending invoices for small amounts to companies, with the hopes of receiving payment when invoices are processed. Contact information included in this spate of emails is "Victor Vladimirovich Alexandrov" as name and 40049@bk.ru as email address. The invoices are sent through PayPal too, and can be cancelled there.

March 26, 2015: Impersonation of a site member by Languagemet

ProZ.com member Teresita Garcia Ruy Sanchez, http://www.proz.com/profile/1090 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses several email addresses that are not used by her: TeresitaSanchez12@yahoo.com, teresitaruy1@gmail.com & teresita.sanchez@outlook.sa

Anyone who wants to contact Teresita Garcia Ruy Sanchez about this can send her a message through her ProZ.com profile, at http://www.proz.com/profile/1090

March 12, 2015: Impersonation of a site member

ProZ.com member Ana Loncar, http://www.proz.com/profile/1636642 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer is using these email addresses: analoncar124@gmail.com & Ana-Loncar@hotmail.com

March 5, 2015: Impersonation of a site member

ProZ.com member Zhonghui Shen, http://www.proz.com/profile/1028710 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is zhonghui.shen.tra@gmail.com

February 2015

February 3, 2015: Email addresses used by banned outsourcer 24translate.net

Banned outsourcer 24translate.net, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/40856 , has been reported to be contacting service providers from these email addresses: nahed@24translate.net and supertranslation81@gmail.com

January 2015

January 22, 2015: Impersonation from email address lauratrun337@gmail.com

Site members Laura&David Truncellito, http://www.proz.com/profile/37998 , have reported that their CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammers are using their joint CV, with just "Laura Truncellito" as name, and from email address lauratrun337@gmail.com

January 15, 2015: Scammer operating under name Global Speech Company

A potential overpayment scam has been reported to be sent from email address global.speech.company2@gmail.com , under the name "Karen Rowe". The claim that their address is Sarphatistraat 614 1018 AV Amsterdam, Netherlands, and that you need to send the invoice to invoice@globalspeech.co . But once you send the invoice, you discover that the email can't be sent and there's no such email address.

See http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Translator_scam_alert_reports#March_26.2C_2014:_Overpayment_scam_from_Netherlands for a past alert sent for this scam, with different contact information.

January 12, 2015: Scammer operating under name "Daniele Guiducci"

A scammer using name "Daniele Guiducci" and email address daniele.guiducci2@hotmail.com has been reported. This scammer contacted outsourcers to get translation work, and hired translators to do the translations. The scammer delivered the translation received from the service provider, got paid, and did not pay the hired translator.

January 9, 2015: Scammer operating under name "Rachel Coleman"

It has been reported that company Translate Media, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/7536 , is being impersonated by a scammer using name "Rachel Coleman" and email address rachel.coleman@consultant.com

January 8, 2015: CV hijacking under names "Robin Thompson" and "Li Thompson"

Site members Laura&David Truncellito, http://www.proz.com/profile/37998 , have reported that their CV and company name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The names used by the scammer are "Robin Thompson" and "Li Thompson". The email address used by the scammer is robin.li.thompson@gmail.com

November 2014

November 13, 2014: CV hijacking under name "Rebecca Kapborg"

ProZ.com member Helena Grahn, http://www.proz.com/profile/625790 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer is operating under name "Rebecca Kapborg" and email address rebecca.kapborg@yahoo.com

November 6, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Thomas Greenbaum"

An advance payment scam sent through profile emails has been reported. The messages were sent under name "Thomas Greenbaum", from a profile with username "koochiepoochie" and email address ThomasGreenbaum14240@gmail.com , and stated the sender was in search for a personal assistant.

Note that the messages were sent through ProZ.com by a profile with membership. The profile has since been removed, but keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is a legitimate outsourcer. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.

October 2014

October 10, 2014: Impersonation of site member

ProZ.com member Amanda Fearnley, http://www.proz.com/profile/1491380 , has reported that her name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers, with a fake CV. The email address used by the scammer is amandacharass@gmail.com

There was an account registed on Proz.com with that email address, that has since been removed. Other (removed) accounts associated with it had these sets of contact information:

Chloe Costantino , chloe4french@gmail.com
Eva Wouters, eva.wouters2@gmail.com
Kseina Alynikova, kseniakova12@gmail.com

October 7, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Robert Denard"

An advance payment scam sent through profile emails has been reported. The messages were sent under name "Robert Denard", from a profile with username "lucytrance" and email address lucytranceden@gmail.com , and stated the sender was in search for a personal assistant. You can find more information about this scam at http://www.proz.com/topic/275663

Note that the messages were sent through ProZ.com by a profile with membership. The profile has since been removed, but keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is a legitimate outsourcer. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.

October 6, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Williams Gaye"

An advance payment scam using name "Williams Gaye" and email address willygaye@gmail.com has been reported.

October 3, 2014: CV hijacking under name "Abir Amos"

ProZ.com user Mariana Lantzet, http://www.proz.com/profile/1332389 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Abir Amos" and the email address is ab.amos.111@gmail.com

October 2, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "Terry Gilbert"

An advance payment scam using name "Terry Gilbert" and email addresses contact@mrterryg.com and terry@mrterryg.com has been reported. See the forum thread at http://www.proz.com/topic/273418 for more information.

September 2014

September 29, 2014: Impersonation of a translator

ProZ.com member Heather Oland, http://www.proz.com/profile/125909 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is heather.e.oland@gmail.com

September 25, 2014: Impersonation of translation company Bel Air Language Services

A scammer is contacting service providers claiming to represent Bel Air Language Services, a legitimate translation company listed at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/37445 . The scammer uses email addresses hosted at @bellair.net. At the moment, this set of contact information has been identified as used by this scammer: "Shabnam Jaberian", shabnamjaberian@bellair.net , shabnamjaberian2@bellair.net . The scammer had registered a profile on ProZ.com with username "belair_trns", which has been removed.


September 18, 2014: Advance payment scam using names "Bruce King" and "Gabriel Byrne"

These sets of names and email addresses have been reported to be advance payment scams: Bruce King , k.bruce9002@outlook.com ; Gabriel Byrne , gabriel.byrne117@gmail.com . In both cases, the email being sent to contact translators was:

"HI, Can you help me and translate an article? Please confirm your language combination ..Thanks"

In general, only scammers contact a translator without knowing first what is their working language combination. That question is a sign for fraudulent offers.

September 8, 2014: Potential advance payment scam using name "Lawrence MORENO"

A potential advance payment scam using name "Lawrence MORENO" and email address lawrencelawn@outlook.com has been reported on site forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/274334

August 2014

August 7, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "Hendrick Wenzeslaus"

An advance payment scam using name "Hendrick Wenzeslaus" and email address hendycraftman@hotmail.com has been reported. The email being sent out to contact freelancers included a question about the language pairs the translator worked in. That is a sign of scammers, since legitimate outsourcers check language pairs before contacting a translator, not after.

August 6, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "Mata Taylor"

An advance payment scam using name "Mata Taylor" and email address matataylor000@gmail.com has been reported on site forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/272990 . This is the message being sent out to contact freelancers:

"Hello, I am Miss Mata Taylor, I got your e mail address from a online forum that you are an excellent translator, I guess you would have worked for them. I will like you to translate an article for me, but first i need to know your language combination because it was not stated. I will be very happy if you can reply my e mail ASAP. Thank You"

July 2014

July 29, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "Dave Jones"

An advance payment scam using name "Dave Jones" and email addresses djsoundsunlimited91@yahoo.com has been reported. The scammer requested a translation of a document "to create more awareness on STD among teenager and mother which will be distributed in pamphlet also an initiation of my late wife to help kids,orphans and mothers". When translators received a check for more than the cost of the services provided, the scammer requested them to "return the difference fund to because the surplus is need to help the victim of typhoon haiyan in Philippines also to provide cloth,food and shelter for less privilege kids".

This is an example both of the writing style used by scammers and the stories they use to get service providers to lower their guards.

July 28, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "Victor Sanchez"

An advance payment scam using name "Victor Sanchez" and email address vvicvictor@gmail.com has been reported. Note that the sender had registered a profile on ProZ.com, under username "likwidstate", and had purchased site membership. The profile has since been removed, but keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is legitimate. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.

July 28, 2014: Advance payment scam using name "David Prentice"

An advance payment scam using name "David Prentice" and email addresses daviprentice@gmail.com has been reported. Note that the name on the email address does not match the contact name exactly.

July 21, 2014: Advance payment scam through a job posting

Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/910696 has been reported to be an overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address were "Mercedes Pastor Segura" and seguramercedespastor@gmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on that job posting.

July 21, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Ashley Lopez"

An advance payment scam using name "Ashley Lopez" and email addresses iamashleylopey@gmail.com has been reported.

July 16, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Rick Johnson"

An advance payment scam using name "Rick Johnson" and email addresses rickjohnson0@hotmail.com has been reported on site forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/271931

July 15, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Paul Carson"

An advance payment scam using name " Paul Carson" and email addresses paulcarsonokay@gmail.com has been reported. Note that the sender had registered a profile on ProZ.com, under username "pooloffer", and had purchased site membership. The profile has since been removed, but keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is legitimate. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.

July 15, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Maya Rigo"

A potential advance payment scam using name "Maya Rigo" and email addresses mayarigo1@gmail.com has been reported.

July 14, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Lauren Rose Ovens"

An advance payment scam using name "Lauren Rose Ovens" and email addresses londamason11@gmail.com has been reported.

July 14, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Carlos Orellana"

An advance payment scam using name "Carlos Orellana" and email addresses carlosorllana@gmail.com has been reported.

July 12, 2014: Advance payment scam through a job posting

Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/913876 has been reported to be an overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address were "Carlos Garcia Aixela" and caixelagarcia@gmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on that job posting.


July 11, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Paul Sharner"

An advance payment scam using name "Paul Sharner" and email addresses p.sharner8701@gmail.com. has been reported. The scammer contacted translators requesting a translation of articles on teen pregnancy and human trafficking.


July 3, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Hendrick Wenzeslaus"

An advance payment scam using name "Hendrick Wenzeslaus" and email addresses hendycraftman@hotmail.com has been reported.

June 2014

June 12, 2014: Advanced payment scam disguised as a request for a personal assistant

A probable scam sent through profile emails has been reported this week. The messages were sent under name "Andrew Doyle", from email address andrewdoylee@gmail.com , and stated the sender was in search for a personal assistant. Part of the tasks of being a personal assistant was to receive payments by check and then transfer funds to a supposed agent through Western Union, which indicates this is a variant of the advance payment scam.

Note that the messages were sent through ProZ.com, by a profile with membership. The profile has since been removed, but keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is legitimate. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.

June 10, 2014: The CV of a site member with the name of another one

ProZ.com member Anne Brulin, http://www.proz.com/profile/16010 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Stéphanie Soudais", with email addresses stephaniesoudais83@gmail.com and Stephanie.Soudais@hotmail.com . Note that Stéphanie Soudais is the name of a ProZ.com member, http://www.proz.com/translator/132717 , and those email addresses are not the ones she uses.

May 2014

May 27, 2014: Impersonation of a translator

ProZ.com user Rui Sousa, http://www.proz.com/profile/125715 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is alberto.rui110@gmail.com

May 26, 2014: Impersonation of a translator

ProZ.com member Geneviève Gillet-Ghenne, http://www.proz.com/profile/1513186 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is Genevieve.G101@hotmail.com

May 20, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Alexander Lynch"

An advance payment scam under name "Alexander Lynch", using email address virtual.4.emp@gmail.com , has been reported.

May 14, 2014: Impersonation under name "Mirna Salgueiro"

ProZ.com member Heloísa Helena Benetton Costa, http://www.proz.com/profile/33389 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Mirna Salgueiro" and the email address is Mirna.Salgueiro@gmail.com

May 13, 2014: Impersonation by Languagemet

ProZ.com member Loay Al-Dakhlallah, http://www.proz.com/profile/21683 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer, Languagemet, to contact outsourcers.

May 12, 2014: Advance payment scam

This set of information has been reported to be used by an advance payment scammer: "Wayne Cole", waynecole1984@gmail.com, phone number: (424) 261-3509 . This is the message sent to a translator as a reply to a request for a phone number:

Well, I dont always have time to talk on phone due to one meeting
or the other, I am always busy but you can send me text on
(424) 261-3509.
However,  Below are the details for the document. 

Title: RACISM AND PREJUDICE
Number of words: 17266
Deadline: 1st june, 2014
Mode of Payment: Check.
Audience : General Public

A copy of the document is attached, Kindly email me with the quote
per word and the total charges for the whole document. 


Thanks,
Wayne Cole

352 E Ellis Ave,
Inglewood, CA 90302
(424) 261-3509​

May 3, 2014: Impersonation of site user

ProZ.com member e-beth, http://www.proz.com/profile/1023029 , has reported that her CV and full name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is aelisabeth82@gmail.com . The scammer sometimes signs emails as "Elizabeth".


May 2, 2014: Impersonation of site user

ProZ.com member Lucie Maruniakova, http://www.proz.com/translator/855551 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used by the scammer are luciemaruniakova@hotmail.com and luciemaruniakova1@gmail.com

April 2014

April 30, 2014: Impersonation by 24translate.net

Gianluca Cocorullo has reported that his CV, name and identity card are being used by a scammer linked to 24translate.net to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used by the scammer are gianlucacocorullo2@gmail.com and Gianluca.Cocorullo@hotmail.com

April 21, 2014: Impersonation of site user

ProZ.com user HERBET Abel, http://www.proz.com/translator/1595450 , has reported that his name and CV are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by this scammer is abel.herbet.work@hotmail.com

April 18, 2014: Advance payment scammer posing as a student

An advance payment scam using name "Terry Mcbridge" or "Terry Mcbride" and email addresses jt2282185@gmail.com , terryz9one001@hotmail.com has been reported. In this case, the scammer is posing as a student.

April 15, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Joe Taylor"

This set of information has been reported to be used by an advance payment scammer: "Joe Taylor", joe_taylor47@aol.com . This is the message being sent out to contact translators:

Hello,

I'm Joe Taylor,I  got your email from the website
(http://www.atanet.org/) that you are a competent translator. I
have an article I want you to help me translate from (English into
Japanese).I would like to know your terms and how much it would
cost for the article? I have attached the article to this email so
you could check and let me know how long it would take to get it
translated? Hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Joe Taylor.

April 11, 2014: set of names used for an advance payment scam

A set of advance payment scams coming from email address gybardey@hotmail.com have been reported on forum thread http://www.proz.com/topic/262354 . Some of the names being used by the scammer are "Monica Johnson" are "Mariam Brown".

April 10, 2014: Impersonation of a site member

ProZ.com member julie08065, http://www.proz.com/profile/912641 , has reported that her name and CV are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used by the scammer are russian.hebrew.translator@gmail.com,languagepower1@gmail.com, localization.world.team@gmail.com and translation.world.monitor@gmail.com

April 9, 2014: Impersonation of a site member

ProZ.com member Antonietta Di Gianni, http://www.proz.com/profile/801358 , has reported that her full name, and old CV and cover letter are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used by the scammer are antonietta.g.work@hotmail.com, antonietta.gwork1@gmail.com and freelancer.monitor1@gmail.com . You can find more information about this on site forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/255994

March 2014

March 27, 2014: Probable scam reported on site forums

A probable scam has been reported on ProZ.com forums: http://www.proz.com/post/2280835 . This is the email sent out to contact translators for this case, from email address florawilce12@gmail.com :


Hello
How are you doing today i came across your email on
translators site
www.ncta.org
I will kindly want to know the language your language
combinations,translate into from English ?

-- 
Flora Wilce
4900 Fernvale Rd Bakersfield, CA
Bakersfield, CA 93306
6829365269
Best Regards

March 26, 2014: Impersonation of a translator

ProZ.com member Moofi, http://www.proz.com/profile/20097 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. Email addresses used by the scammer are sabinawaszek2@gmail.com, sabinawaszek1@gmail.com and sabinawaszek@hotmail.com

March 7, 2014: Overpayment scam with name "Jose Cazorla Jimenez"

Job postings http://www.proz.com/job/859660 and http://www.proz.com/job/863579 have been reported to be overpayment scams. The postings have been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address for them were "Jose Cazorla Jimenez" and jimenezCjose@hotmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on those postings.

March 6, 2014: Overpayment scam from South Africa

An overpayment scam has been reported to be sent from email address teresalartuna@live.com , under name "Teresa Lartuna". The message was sent from an IP address from South Africa.

March 26, 2014: Overpayment scam from Netherlands

An overpayment scam has been reported to be sent from email address global.speech.company@gmail.com, under the name "Samanta Howe". The claim that their address is Sarphatistraat 614 1018 AV Amsterdam, Netherlands, and that you need to send the invoice to invoice@globalspeech.co . But once you send the invoice, you discover that the email can't be sent and there's no such email address.

February 2014

February 27, 2014: Overpayment scam through a job posting

Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/857749 has been reported to be an overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address were "Roland Krenn" and Rnn4267K@hotmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on that job posting.

February 20, 2014: Overpayment scam from a "Jonathan Cowan"

An advanced payment scam was reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/264775 . The message was sent under name "Jonathan Cowan", from email address jonathancowan38@yahoo.com . The message was:

Hello ,I am Jonathan Cowan, I am a sociologist, i found your e mail address on the translator website, that you are a Translator, i will like you to translate an article for me, 
i have attached the article,  i will like the article to be translated to French . I will like to know the cost of translating the article, and the deadline is 25th of March 2014.

I will be waiting for your reply.

Thank You
Jonathan Cowan

February 14, 2014: Overpayment scam through a job posting

Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/861116 has been reported to be overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address were "Romo Massimiliano" and t23f3mw@hotmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on that job posting.

February 3, 2014: Impersonation of ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member DianeGM, http://www.proz.com/profile/586676 , has reported that her CV, her name and her picture is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is digitaaltranslatins@gmail.com

January 2014

January 28, 2014: Advance payment scam under name “David Benson”

An advance payment scam was reported through the support system. In this case, the name used by the scammer was “David Benson”, and the email address used was dbenson39@yahoo.com

January 20, 2014: Overpayment scam as a job posting, by "Mattias Gillgren"

Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/852005 has been reported to be overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address was "Mattias Gillgren" and gillgren6gillgren@gmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on those postings.

January 16, 2014: Overpayment scam as a job posting, by "Gisela Hentges"

Job posting http://www.proz.com/job/850514 has been reported to be overpayment scam. The posting has been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address was "Gisela Hentges" and load25427@hotmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on those postings

January 13, 2014: Fraudulent profile messages by a "paultwinee"

A scam has been reported to be sent through profile messages through site forums and the support system today. The message was sent by user "paultwinee" from email address paultwinee@gmail.com . The profile that sent it has been removed, but it was located at http://www.proz.com/profile/1871267 . Note that the profile had purchased membership before sending out the profile messages. Keep in mind that site membership is not enough to prove that a person is legitimate. As always, further steps must be taken to verify the identity of a person before collaborating with them.

This is the message being sent out by the scammer:

Hi,

I am willing to employ a competent individual to become my
Part-time Personal Assistant.
Would you be interested?
If yes, email me and i will respond with a detailed job
description.

Warm regards,

Paul

January 13, 2014: Advance payment scam under name "Jensen Rolf"

An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was "Jensen Rolf", and the email address used was rolf.jensen58@yahoo.com . The scammer replied to quotes stating that he had cancer and was seeking treatment in South Africa. This continues to be a sure sign to identify scams. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs/818368

January 9, 2014: Impersonation under name "Mario Greenway"

ProZ.com member Marion Greenway, http://www.proz.com/profile/1014754 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Mario Greenway" and the email address is mariogreenway00@gmail.com

December 2013

December 18, 2013: Advance payment scam using name "Tom Novak"

An advance payment scam was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was “Tom Novak”, and the email address used was novaktomg@gmail.com.

December 18, 2013: Advance payment scam using name "Alan Weigel"

An advance payment scam was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Alan Weigel, and the email address used was weigel.alan55@gmail.com

December 16, 2013: Advance payment scam using name "Suzan Lizzy"

An advance payment scam was reported through the forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/260891 . In this case, the name used by the scammer is Suzan Lizzy, and the email addresses used are suzanlizzy20@yahoo.com and suzanlizzy39@yahoo.com

December 13, 2013: Advance payment scams as job postings

Job postings http://www.proz.com/job/837338 and http://www.proz.com/job/834712 have been reported to be overpayment scams. The postings have been removed from ProZ.com now. The poster's name and email address for them were "Abraham Werner" and wernerham55@hotmail.com . An alert has been sent to all those who submitted a quote on those postings.

December 6, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Mohamed Rehan, http://www.proz.com/profile/1651573 , has reported that his CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The names used by the scammer are "Haneen (Ahmed) Yousef", "Haneen Yousef"and "Haneen Said", using email addresses: haneentranslation@gmail.com, tr.haneen@gmail.com, and translation.services88@hotmail.com

November 2013

November 28, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member marie-christine périé, http://www.proz.com/profile/68168 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "John Adams" and the email address is johnadamj1@gmail.com

November 22, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Sameh Elnokaly, http://www.proz.com/profile/1256162, has reported that his name is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is sameh_elnokaly@aol.com and the phone number included in his messages is fake. This is the message sent out by the scammer:


Subject: Italian to English 15,000 word Project - Call for
Translators
To:  

Dear Translators,

I am writing this emailing to enquiry about your availability to
translate a 15,000 word project which will be divided between
several Italian translators. 

My client is requesting this translation, but since I translate
only English into Arabic I am looking for a long term Italian
Partner.

No CAT Tools are required for this project and the subject is in
the contract field.

The deadline for this project is Thursday Noon/Evening.

When replying to this email please write the amount of words that
you can handle for the above date.

Thank you for your collaboration.

Venlig Hilsen / Kind Regards / Cordiali Saluti

November 12, 2013: Scammer from Gaza

Company Arcadia Translations, http://www.arcadia-t.com/ , has reported that their name is being used to contact service providers by emai. The email address used by the scammer is fadi.mohd90@gmail.com , and the IP on the email addresses locates them in Gaza, like many other scams. This is the message being sent:

Hello
I'm working at  Arcadia translation company. Our company
offers many kinds of  the translation services , I am very
pleased to establish business with you, where I
work as a project coordinator  between the client and the
translator 
We are building our database of translators nowadays ,
hopfully to work with each other soon. Kindly , if you would
to join our database , please send me
your CV and cover  letter.
fadi.mohd90@gmail.com via this Email :
looking for a positive reply.
Regards . Fadi mohd

November 12, 2013: Impersonation of a site member

ProZ.com member Alexa Dubreuil-Storer, http://www.proz.com/profile/58305 , has reported that her CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Nicole Morisette" and the email address is nicole.morisette@gmail.com

November 8, 2013: Advanced payment scams through job postings

Job postings http://www.proz.com/job/828923 and http://www.proz.com/job/829709 have been reported to be overpayment scams. The postings have been removed from ProZ.com now. The name and email address for them were "Prohn Günter", prohnctv@hotmail.com ; and "Thomas Daniel", daniel.daniel30@gmx.fr

November 7, 2013: Advanced payment scam

An advanced payment scam was reported on site forums: http://www.proz.com/topic/258920 . In this case, the name used by the scammer was Dr. David Bone. The message being sent out was:

Hello Melanie, 

I am Dr. David Bone by name,I got your email from atanet.org that you are
a translator.
I have this article i want you to help me translate from (English--German).
I would like to know your terms and how much it would cost for the article?
Hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

Dr. David Bone

November 1, 2013: Scammer operating under various names

AZZ Translation / Charles Azzopardy / Tecco Translations have been identified as identities used by a scammer contacting translators. These are the Blue Board records linked to those names: http://www.proz.com/blueboard/38864 , http://www.proz.com/blueboard/34805 , http://www.proz.com/blueboard/38729 . Other identities used by this scammer include the names David Higbee, Adam Matthews, among others that have not yet been identified. Note that these names are also used by legitimate translators. If you are contacted by a person with that name, make sure you are dealing with the legitimate translator.

More information about this scam can be found at http://www.jrdias.com/jrd-translator-scammers.htm#notes

October 2013

October 29, 2013: CV theft under name Alba Felix

ProZ.com member Adriana Latronico, http://www.proz.com/profile/61289 , has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The CV includes name "Alba Felix" as well as her own, and is being sent from email address albatrans30@gmail.com

October 28, 2013: Attempt to gather data under name "Reham"

A new attempt by the impersonating scammers operating from Palestina to collect information from translators. This time they use the name Reham and email addresses reham@24translate.net, and speed4translation@gmail.com and the message says:

Thank you for your email.

I'm sorry for my little demand but we have a small request of one of our clients. Can you translate the words in red in Russian and deliver it asap.

Rate 0.04 USD/SW 

I will send the PO after receiving the final confirmation.

Many thanks for your answer
Regards
Reham

October 18, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Alexander Schleber has reported that his name, CV and qualifications are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses the name amy dan and claims to belong to 'Schleber & Co. bvba' using the email address amydan98@gmail.com

October 17, 2013: Overpayment attempt from ‘kevin C. Bruns’

A job was posted at ProZ.com earlier this week by ‘kevin C. Bruns’ with email address kevinC.bruns@yahoo.com and the text “Translator who can translate a law file from English to French should kindly apply. Applications without a CV cannot be accepted.”

A colleague who applied received the following email:

“Thank you for your response. I am fighting with cancer at the moment and mostly in the hospital. I accept your quote and i am pleased to tell you that
i choose you to work on the project. My method of Payment is a euro bank Check. If you will agree with me,kindly let me know”

Payment in euro bank check by someone who claims to live in the U.S. is very suspicious, while “fighting a cancer” is the signature for a known “advance payment” scam. Translators are advised to stay away from this “job”.

October 15, 2013: Phishing attempt

A phishing attempt to get login details from hosting clients is being sent by an alleged 'CPanel Network Server Monitor´ from the address administrator@traduction-ortho.com with the text:

Subject:       Fatal ERROR! Data lost risk!
Message from CPanel Network Server Monitor
Item:  DRIVER=MYSQL Server; MYSQL Result: Fatal ERROR! Data lost risk! 
Explanation:   ERROR: Opening connection to database, ADO error: Unspecified error MYSQL Server does not exist or access denied.
To resolve this issue, please, restart MySQL Server, using this URL: {URL to the scammer's page}

Remember that a service provider will never ask you to submit your username and password. Also, any legitimate ProZ.com hosting emails should come from an @proz.com email address.

September 2013

September 25, 2013: Impersonation of a company

Company Eurologos Toronto, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/4317 , has reported that their name is being used by a scammer to contact service providers. The email address used by the scammer is soniaeurologos@gmail.com . Keep in mind that said company only uses email address hosted at eurologos-toronto.com.


September 24, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Pasquale Capo, http://www.proz.com/profile/2203 , has reported that his CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is pasqual1capo@gmail.com.


September 19, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member DavidH, http://www.proz.com/translator/119147 , has reported that his name and CV are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email address used by the scammer is david.higbee@gmx.com.

September 17, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Lara Barnett, http://www.proz.com/profile/1213228 , has reported that her name, CV and qualifications are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The email addresses used are lara.barnett@yahoo.com, lara.barnet.1@gmail.com and lara.barnet.2@gmail.com. The only email addressed used by Lara Barnett are larabarnett@gmail.com and lara@lingocraft.co.uk.

September 12, 2013: Overpayment scams through job postings

Job postings http://www.proz.com/job/806410 and http://www.proz.com/job/811208 have been reported to be overpayment scams. The postings have been removed from ProZ.com now. The name and email address for them was "Roland Abraham", rolandabraham121@gmail.com ; and "Henry Aurélie", aureliehenry270@gmail.com .

September 6, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Ingo Dierkschnieder, http://www.proz.com/profile/66920 , has reported that his CV is being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Aldo Emil", and the email addresses used by the scammer are aldo.emil1@yahoo.com, as.trans.comp1@gmail.com and aldoemil.tr@gmail.com

August 2013

August 30, 2013: Advanced payment scams with a text on agriculture

Job postings http://www.proz.com/job/799690 and http://www.proz.com/job/803824 have been reported to be advanced payment scams. Both requested the translation of a file from the OECD on agriculture. The postings have been removed from ProZ.com now. The name and email address for them was "Danz Vincent", danz0vincent55@gmail.com ; and "Jorg Arnold", jorg.arnold55@gmail.com .


August 22, 2013: Impersonation of ProZ.com member "ChicagoPhDs"

A couple of eagle-eyed agencies (thank you!) have alerted us to another CV scam. ProZ.com member ChicagoPhDs http://www.proz.com/profile/81120, has discovered that modified materials from their wife/husband translation team CV (until recently openly available through their ProZ profile portal) are being used by scammers to contact translators and translation companies. The names used by the scammer are "Hisayo Shikakura" and "Gavin W. Hougham," and the scammer's email address is listed as phd.hisayo.gavin.jap@gmail.com. Both of those names belong to real ProZ members dba ChicagoPhDs, but the real members do not use that gmail email address. The modified fake MSWord CV lists "Beso" as the author in the "Properties" section. To the best of our knowledge our ProZ profile and contact emails (anomi3@yahoo.com, ghougham@yahoo.com) have not been compromised, so please contact us only through those emails or directly through our ProZ profile.


August 21, 2013: Advanced payment scam

An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was "jose Luis Perez Santamaria", and the email address used was jose.luis.p.santamaria@gmail.com. The scammer replied immediately to quotes stating that he had cancer. This continues to be a sure sign to identify scams. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/job/803644


August 15, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Gwynneth George, http://www.proz.com/profile/37108 , has reported that her CV is being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies. The name used by the scammer is "Laura White", and the email address is laurawhite.translator@gmail.com . Fake contact information included in the modified CV used by the scammer is "Date of Birth: February 5, 1965 Address: B219, East Dulwich, London/UK. Tel: +44(0) 7984 245 442"


August 8, 2013: Overpayment scam through PayPal

An overpayment scam has been reported. It was sent with the name "Tamara Nicole", and from email addresstam96nic_24@hotmail.com. A translation was requested on the subject of guidance to good health. Overpayment in this case was proposed through PayPal, in this message:

I just remembered that my transfer limit starts from USD 750. So, I will transfer the payment to your account and I will have your word that you will return the excess money to me after the payment. 
I really  need the job done and am really out of time. 
Please reply so I will know your decision.

August 7, 2013: Impersonation of company Crystal Samples

It was reported that company Crystal Samples, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/20701 , is being impersonated by a scammer. If you are contacted by Crystal Samples, by a person using email address crystal.samples@gmx.com or crystal.samplese@gmail.com, please report it to site staff so action can be taken. Please see http://www.proz.com/post/2131736#2131736 for more information.


August 5, 2013: Advanced payment scam

An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Tomas Gonzalez Ruiz, and the email address used was gonzalezruizt@gmail.com. The scammer replied immediately to quotes stating that he had cancer, and was seeking treatment in Cape Town. This continues to be a sure sign to identify scams. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/job/794236

July 2013

July 30, 2013: Samples of messages sent out by Translation Secrets

This message has been reported as being sent out by Translation Secrets, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 , from email address S.Khafaja@translationsecrets.com :

Dear freelancer, 

I am a project manager in a translation secrets company, I am interested to work with you and I am looking for excellent freelancer translators who can translate Italian > Portuguese and vice versa.  Freelancers must have the following qualifications.

1- Can finish the project within the agreed upon period

2- Have an experience of at least one year.

We are searching for the best to collaborate with us now and in the future. If you are interested please send your CV and cover letter to email S.Khafaja@translationsecrets.com
you can get more information about my company from link http://www.translationsecrets.com/


Looking forward to hearing from you

If that message is replied to, they will send this authorization agreement:

Authorization and Agreement

Can you give us permission, authorization and agreement in order for us to send your CV to our clients?
If yes, we will remove your contact details to avoid direct contacts with clients. In this case, we will use a free email, in which we will include your CV in order to receive projects and therefore we  will reply on your behalf.  

We can also email your certificates if needed to clients on your behalf. We will give you the projects and in cases when you are not available, we will give the projects to other translators.

If you agree, you will be considered as a close team member and consequently you will be eligible for any developmental plan. This is part of group work based on mutual cooperation because the translation  market is full of competition. 

Please let me know so that we start work. If you agree, sign this authorization and agreement document. 

Your name

Your signature

July 29, 2013: Overpayment scam including a text on child trafficking

An overpayment scam has been reported. It was sent with the name "Louis GERRARD", and from email address louis.gerrardxxl@gmail.com. A translation was requested, on the subject of child trafficking.

July 22, 2013: Overpayment scam including a text on adolescence

An overpayment scam has been reported. It was sent with the name "Terry James", and from email address chineryzone001@hotmail.com . The message included an attachment titled "ADOLESCENCE" and read:

SERVICES NEEDED
 
Dear Sir/Ma,
 
Good Morning to you and am Terry James
 
Translators,Writer,Editor and Proofreader is needed urgently....If you are a translator check the document attach to this mail and let me know if you can translate it from English to Spanish,French,German  or what is your language combination i mean from English to which language can you translate to. 
 
But if you are a Writer,Editor and Proofreader get back to me so i can send you the document you are to edit and proofread?
 
So get back to me if you are available and i will like you review the document attach and let me know how much you charge per page or words.I will be waiting till i hear back from you.
 
Kind Regards,
TJ.
 
Terry James
202 Tours Street
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506

July 15, 2013: Impersonation of ProZ.com member C.Nanz

ProZ.com member C.Nanz, http://www.proz.com/profile/1434710 , has reported that her name and CV are being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies. Email addresses known to be used by the scammer are carolin.nanz@hotmail.com and carolin.nanz.lang@gmail.com. The only legitimate email addresses used by this translator are hosted at her professional websites: nanz-translations.com and nanz-uebersetzungen.de.

July 10, 2013: Translation Secrets sending translation tests including the logo of a legitimate company

It was reported that known scammers Translation Secrets, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 , is sending out translation tests including the logo for Lingo24 Ltd., a legitimate company. Note that there is no connection between Translation Secrets and Lingo24. You can find the Blue Board record for Lingo24 Ltd. here: http://www.proz.com/blueboard/801 . The messages including those tests were sent out with name Mohammed Alkurd, from email address alkurd09@gmail.com

June 2013

June 28, 2013: Impersonation of ProZ.com member Patrizia Cipolla

ProZ.com member Patrizia Cipolla, http://www.proz.com/profile/100185 , has reported that her name and CV are being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies. Email addresses known to be used by the scammer are patrizia101cipolla@gmail.com , freelancernewman@gmail.com , pcipolla101@hotmail.com . The only email addresses used by Patrizia Cipolla are patrizia.cipolla@libero.it and patriziacipolla@gmail.com . If you are contacted in her name from any other email address, please report it to site staff.

June 25, 2013: Impersonation of company LanguageWire

It was reported through the support system that company LanguageWire is being impersonated by a scammer (Languagemet). If you are contacted by LanguageWire, with contact name Sara Tomson and email address sara.thomson88@gmail.com, please report it to site staff so action can be taken.

June 7, 2013: Advanced payment scam

An advanced payment scam sent through profile messages was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Eric Marchal, and the email address used was marchalericmood@gmx.fr. The job poster had registered a profile (now removed) on ProZ.com as well, with username "Ericwork".

May 2013

May 29, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Isabel Freitas has reported that her CV and cover letter are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The scammer uses email addresses isabel.portuguese7@gmail.com and isabel.portuguese@hotmail.com

May 28, 2013: Advanced payment scam

An advanced payment scam was reported through the support system. The name being used for the scam was "Nigel Jennett", and the email address n.jennett1@gmail.com . The message being sent out was:

Greetings!

I'm Nigel Jennett, based in Atlanta,Georgia State in the
U.S.A.I'll be making a presentation to some groups of Hebrew
speaking people in Tel Aviv,Israel on the 12th of
July,2013.However,i will need you to help me translate some
documents from English to Hebrew,so each of my audience can have a
copy in their local language and they can follow through.The
deadline for the delivery of translations is July
9,2013.Please,let me have an estimate for the documents(see
attached).I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Best Regards,
Nigel

May 24, 2013: Advanced payment scam by a "salesattendant7"

An advanced payment scam sent through profile messages was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Fried Morhart, and the email address used was salesattendant77@outlook.com. The job poster had registered a profile (now removed) on ProZ.com as well, with username "salesattendant7".

May 20, 2013: Impersonation

Proz.com member Sara Brown, http://www.proz.com/profile/111349 , has reported that her CV is being sent out by scammers (Languagemet) contacting translators and translation companies. The email addresses known to be used by the scammer are dreine60@gmail.com and sarabrown249@gmail.com

May 16, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Imme Haage, http://www.proz.com/profile/82680 has reported that her name is being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies. The email addresses known to be used by the scammer are imme.haage@yahoo.com and translation.work99@gmail.com

May 15, 2013: Impersonation by Languagemet

ProZ.com member Annemieke Blondeel, http://www.proz.com/profile/1094155 , has reported that her name is being used by scammers (Languagemet) contacting translators and translation companies. An email address known to be used by the scammer is annemieke.a.l.blondeel@hotmail.com

May 14, 2013: Advanced payment scam

An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Antonio Cilleros Sanchez, and the email address used was cilleros.sanchez@gmx.es. The scammer replied immediately to quotes stating that he had cancer. This continues to be a sure sign to identify scams. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs/766796

May 14, 2013: Impersonation of an outsourcer

Company W&R Linguistic Services, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/11044 , has reported being impersonated by a person using the name "Shiona Oldham " and email address wr.linguistics.trans@gmail.com . Keep in mind that said company only uses email address hosted at wilkes-rowe.com

May 9, 2013: Impersonation by Languagemet

ProZ.com member Gema Pedreda, http://www.proz.com/profile/995024has reported that her name is being used by scammers (Languagemet) contacting translators and translation companies, on http://www.proz.com/post/2135209#2135209 . The email addresses known to be used by the scammer are gema.pedreda@gmail.com and g.pedreda@yahoo.com

May 3, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Sarai Pahla has reported that her name and CV are being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies, on http://www.proz.com/topic/248243 . An email address known to be used by the scammer sarai.pahla@gmail.com . Sarai lists the only email addresses she uses on the forum post I linked.

April 2013

April 23, 2013: Advanced payment scam with a text on child abuse

An advanced payment scam was reported through the support system. The name being used for the scam was "Nuvo Wolfsberg", and the email address nuvo.wolfsberg@gmail.com . The message being sent out was:

Dear Translator, 

I got your contact from http://www.vzv.info and your service is needed urgently for the translation of an article, I want the document titled CHILD ABUSE worth 10,382 word to be translated from English to  Dutch with the fixed deadline date (15/06/2013). 

Here are the details about the document: 

Source Language: English 
Target Language: Dutch
Subject: Child Abuse
Total Word Count: 10,382 
Delivery Date: June 15th, 2013

Please confirm to me on your availability for this project including the following: 

* Your price rate per source word 
* Mode of payment
* Terms and conditions that surrounds your service. 

I await your mail while i supply you with more detail. 

Best Regards,
Nuvo Wolfsberg

April 23, 2013: Advanced payment scam directed at interpreters

An advanced payment scam was reported through the support system. The name being used for the scam was "Edmonds Bate" and "Ed Bate", and the email address ed_bate06@hotmail.com . The message being sent out was:

Hi,
My wife and two daughters will be visiting Mississauga ON in May 20th 2013,i need a reputable french translator,kindly write about your self and the couple of works you have done.
Let me tell you a little more about my family.
My daughter's names are Lizzy Edmond's,19 Judy Edmond's she is 21 years,both single.they don't drink or smoke,their hobbies are reading,swimming for fun and playing golf most of the time. My Full Name: Mr.  Edmond's Bate, and my wife's name: Keisha Edmond's We have been happily married for over 40 years now and we are richly blesses with two daughters.
We are very happy families and my kids are very nice and respectful and responsible. We live in UK, I worked with UN in the UK while my wife is a Nurse.
Hoping to hear from you.
Ed.


April 22, 2013: Modified "Nigerian" scam

A modified "Nigerian scam" was reported as being sent through profile message. The email address was mrjackalex1@yahoo.fr and the name was "Mr Jack Alex" or "Alex Inter Sarl". The IP address locates the sender in Benin, Africa. This is the message being sent out:

Dear Friend,
I am Mr.Jack Alex, I want to know if you can allow me invest
my money in your company as your partner.

I have been into real estate business for many years until
my recent retirement following my doctor's advice for me to
avoid any form of stress because of my failing health.

please tell me, can you invest my money for me? if you
agree, we shall both share the total annual profit.

I am contacting you for this Because I do not want any of my
family member to be aware of this, I therefore demand you
treat this very confidential.

I will give you details of the funds and the transfer as
soon as I receive your response.

I seek for your corporation and sincerity towards this
business. Please contact me immediately via email:
mrjackalex1@yahoo.fr with your complete names
,age,occupation, address, and numbers (Phone and Fax)

Most Regard.
Mr.Jack Alex,
22997736478

April 16, 2013: Another advanced payment scam

An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Gervais Frederic, and the email address used was gervais.frederic@gmx.com. The scammer replied immediately to quotes stating that he had cancer. This continues to be a sure sign to identify scams. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs/756254

April 16, 2013: Advanced payment scam

An advanced payment scam through a job posting was reported. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Giuseppe Calcagno, and the email address used was calcalcagno@aol.de. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/job/758663

The scammer replied to quotes with this message:

Hello (name),

Thank you for your response. I am fighting with cancer and mostly in the hospital.This text is private for my client and not to be published in anyway. 
I accept your quote of (proposed price) and delivery  date also i am pleased to tell you that i choose you to work on the project. 
My client method of Payment is a Euro bank Cheque. If you will agree with me, let me know so i can email to you my information  for invoice and you can start.
 
I hope to hear from you soon.

Regards

April 15, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Beatriz Cirera has reported that her CV and name are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The CV has been modified to include this contact information:
Te.: 54 3572 527921
Fax: 54 3262 438531
Cell: 54 3392 15294784
Email(s) : beatriz.cirera@yahoo.com
t.beatriz.cireta@gmail.com

April 11, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Marianne Pasty-Abdul Wahid has reported that her name and an old modified version of her CV are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is just "Marianne Pasty" and the email address is marianne.pasty@hotmail.com.


April 10, 2013: Advanced payment scam using the name of a real person

An advanced payment scam was reported through the support system and on the forum dedicated to scams: http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/246719-scam_using_existing_persons_name.html. It consists of messages sent with name "Ralph Damani", a former football player, and from email address ralphdamani@gmail.com. The message being sent out to contact translators is:

Hello,
My name is Ralph Damani from New York,USA.I need you to
translate a document for me from English to Japanese as i
will be coming to Japan next month to scout for football
player.See the attached file and let me know the total
cost.I will await your response.

Regards
Ralph

April 9, 2013: Impersonation of a ProZ.com member

ProZ.com member Mustafa Er has reported that his CV and picture are being used by a scammer to contact outsourcers. The name used by the scammer is "Ahmet Abdullayev" and the email address is abdullayevahmet.Turkish@gmail.com.

April 8, 2013: Advanced payment scam

A new instance of an advanced payment was reported in a job posting. In this case, the name used by the scammer was Walker Heidi, and the email address used was walkerheidi55@gmail.com. The job posting has been removed, but was located at http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs/752822

Seeing that this scam was originally posted as a job posting on ProZ.com, it is worth noting that job postings are approved if they meet the set of rules listed on http://www.proz.com/?sp=siterules&mode=show&category=jobs_posting , and it is often not possible to determine if a few are fraudulent in nature. That is why from ProZ.com we constantly remind service providers to make thorough risk management checks before accepting a job, and supply resources like this risk management guide: http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Risk_management_for_translators_and_interpreters

If you find a job posting that could be fraudulent, please report it to site staff by submitting a support request: http://www.proz.com/support/

March 2013

March 28, 2013: A member reports that his name and CV are being used by scammers

ProZ.com member Sebastian Witte has reported that his name and CV are being used by scammers contacting translators and translation companies, on http://www.proz.com/topic/245932 . Email addresses known to be used by the scammer are sebastian.translator@hotmail.com and sebastian.lingo@gmail.com . Sebastian lists the only email addresses he uses on the forum post I linked.


March 22, 2013: Advanced payment scam

An advanced payment scam was reported that had been posted as a job on ProZ.com. The name used was "Thomas Gård" and the contact email address gardt101@gmail.com . As usual, the job poster claimed to be ill and in need of surgery.


March 19, 2013: Translation secrets operating through Skype

It was reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/245399 that Translation Secrets, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 , has been approaching freelancers through Skype. The name on one of the skype accounts used was "Bisan Jonathan" , and the Skype ID was bisan.jonathan.

March 15, 2013: Messages from Languagemet with name "Riham"

Another set of contact information used by Languagemet was reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/245236 . The name used was "Riham" and the email address was danyasalama@gmail.com . This is the message being sent:

Hello
Nice to meet you and it is a pleasure to deal with you.
I am a project manager in Language Met company for
translation, we have many projects in your language pair
andI have seen your profile and
will be glad if you accept to work with each other in the
nearly future .
I wait for your swift respond so I can give you more details
and I
hope to be positive .
Thank you and be blessed ,,,
Regards
Riham

March 12, 2013: Two advanced payment scams

Two advance payment scams were reported, using the following sets of contact information:

Segi Carrasco Esteve, segi.carrasco.esteve@gmx.es Teles David, teles.david45@gmail.com

Both scammers mentioned being ill in the emails they sent.

March 7, 2013: Advanced payment scam by a "Donaldson Brian"

An advanced payment scam using the name "Donaldson Brian" and email address donabrian6@gmail.com has been reported. This is the message being sent out:

Hello,
My name is Donaldson Brian from Michigan,USA.I need you to
translate a document for me from English to Chinese as i
will be going to china next month to scout for football
player.See the attached file and let me know the total
cost.I will await your response.

Regards
Donaldson

March 4, 2013: Messages and email addresses used by Translation Secrets

A set of messages used by Translation Secrets, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 , trying to gather CVs used by translators has been submitted through the support system. The email address used to send these messages was aasheqaa5@gmail.com and the name "Lola abd" . I paste the messages below:


Subject: Re: An English to Japanese translator needed


I am interested in your CV.

Can you give us permission and agreement in order for us to send
your
CV to our clients?

If yes, we will remove your contact details to avoid direct
contacts
with clients.

We will give you the projects and in cases when you are not
available,
we will give the projects to other translators.
Please let me know so that we can start collaboration.

Best regards
Dear ,

I got your contact details from your C.V on Proze.com ,, There is no problem if you translate only from Japanese to English
.
We will discuss everything don't worry it will be negotiated when
I give you the project ,you can give us your rate and the way you
want us to pay for you .. waiting for your reply .

March 2, 2013: Names and email addresses used by advanced payment scammers

Several reports of advance payment scams were made in the last few days. The contact information used by the scammers were names "Larry Gordon" and "Dolores Blanco Perez", and ROBERTO75@gmx.com and doloresblancoperez55@gmail.com as email addresses.

February 2013

February 26, 2013: Impersonation of company Perfect Translations

It was reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/243857 , that company Perfect Translations is being impersonated. If you are contacted by Perfect Translations, with contact name Leslie Bosch and an email address NOT hosted at perfecttranslations.com, please report it to site staff so action can be taken. You can read more information about this scam in the forum post linked above.

Additionally, good advice on how to handle fraudulent job offers has been posted by a user at http://www.proz.com/post/2100565#2100565


February 22, 2013: Message being sent out by Languagemet

A message sent by Languagemet reported on http://www.proz.com/post/2098672#2098672 . The email address used was friend.of.translation@gmail.com and the IP address was 37.8.63.69 (Palestinian territories). This is the message that was being sent out:

Dear  Lau as apart of my work , I am doing my best to find translators

who are qualified enough to  be with me in my  work , so after I have read your CV , and found it so interesting . I see it
will be  more than Great  to work with a translator as skilled as

you so do please send me your CV and your cover letter to my e-
mail address PM_N@Languagemet.com to be with me in the upcoming work Kind regards Project Manger Jasmine


February 21, 2013: Emails addresses used by Translation Secrets / Languagemet

A list of email addresses used by Translation Secrets / Languagemet: http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 , has been made supplied through the support system. They have been blocked from ProZ.com, but be wary if you receive emails from these addresses: alkurd09@gmail.com , kweichang6@gmail.com , translationsecretsax@gmail.com , Reem@translationsecrets.com , alkurd@TranslationSecrets.com


February 14, 2013: Fraudulent job offers in the name of Woodridge Hotel

The following job being currently offered to translators is a scam:

Woodrigde Hotel urgently requires the services of reputable and devoted translators. Qualified persons should contact us immediately for job placement.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Employment Type: Full Time
Monthly Salary: depending on level of experience
Preferred Language of Resume/Application: English
Years of Work Experience: One year minimum
Benefits: Accommodation, Relocation allowance, transportation allowance, one hour of lunch break(meal) every day, six (6) weeks paid annual leave every year, fourteen (14) days of paid sick leave per calendar year. 


The message is being sent in the name of a "Nicholas Gotler" from email address hr@woodrigde.com , from an IP in Lagos, Nigeria. If you receive this offers, please let site staff know so action can be taken.


February 12, 2013: More translators report being impersonated

The scam alert message sent yesterday was anwered by two new reports of ProZ.com members CVs being used by scammers to scam clients and other translators.

Clothilde Courtois reports that her identity and CV are being stolen by scammers using the email address clothilde.courtoiis.tra@gmail.com

Also, Mihail Mateev's CV is being appropriated by scamers who use the name Emma John and the email address Emma12John@yahoo.com

Both translators and outsourcers should make sure to have a positive identification of strangers contacting them with a business
proposition. In the case of an agency contacted by a translator, they should for instance ask for confirmation using the "sent email"
feature in the service provider's ProZ.com profile.


February 11, 2013: Scammers impersonating Ana Maria Gomes da Costa

ProZ.com member Ana Maria Gomes da Costa reports that her CV is being used by scammers offering translation services in her name from the fake address maria111gomes@hotmail.com

February 8, 2013: Scammers impersonating Silvia Cipriani

A user has reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/242863 that her CV and name are being used by impersonators. If you are contacted by people using email addresses silvia.cipriani3@yahoo.com or silvia.cipriani.italy@gmail.com please report them to site staff. These addresses are not used by the real Silvia Cipriani.

February 6, 2013: New message from Translation Secrets

There have been reports of messages sent by banned company Translation Secrets, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086, using email address translationsecretsae@gmail.com. This is the text on the emails:

Hello
Are you available please. 
 I have 20k words i need on the 7th of this month, but you can take  a part of it, and the rate is 0.035$/source word.
I'm not paid much for this, cause the client might send more work,  means the project is big, in this case, the client pays less.
Let me know if you could help. 
The pair is Swedish to English and the field is technical. 
Kind Regards,

January 2013

January 30, 2013: Further information on a previously reported scam

Further information has been supplied on an advance payment scam reported in the scam alert sent on January 18. The scammer has used several different names: Renardo, Dernador, Denardo and Victor Denard. The email address is the same as reported before: denardvicc@gmail.com. This person's access to ProZ.com has been blocked. You can find more information about this on http://www.proz.com/topic/241481


January 28, 2013: a Magazine publisher in Ghana

A scam message is being sent using the email address musicinst678@gmail.com and the name Terry John, from "a Magazine publisher in Ghana", but the
IP address is from Nigeria, the name of the agency is not revealed and the email address is a free account (OK for individuals but an alert when used
by alleged corporate clients):

We are a Magazine publisher in Ghana, Africa. 
Our client requires a magazine from us to be made in French/Spanish,as a result,we want to outsource the translation of a part of it .
We are in need of a competent translator from English to French/Spanish.
Please we would like to know if you are available to do that at this time with a 2 weeks deadline?
Let me have a quote for the attached document.
Where are you located?
Expecting to hear from you soon.
Regards
Terry John


January 23, 2013: Messages from "Gate Scott"

A scam message is being reported as sent using the name 'Gate Scott' and email addresses scottgate088@gmail.com and scottgate022@gmail.com:

Subject: {language}
Hello,
I'm Scott,Can you translate the attached document to {language} and can it be delivered before 10th of Feb,2013?
Reply asap with your rate and charges.
Scott
9548376593

January 21, 2013: Beginner colleague victim of an overpayment scam

The following report was received about an overpayment scam poster using the email address tmxycw10(AT)gmail.com

After discussing with XXX who agreed to my quote, we decided that I would translate a medical document about cancer and that I would deliver it on 19 November.

This person told me she suffered from cancer herself but after checking her name and address on Internet, I just felt sorry for her and I started 
working on the translation.

The work was done on time and a few days later, I received the Euro payment by checks but my bank has just advised me that the checks were fake!
(apparently, it takes about 5 weeks to check the authenticity of the checks when they actually said to me that it would take 10 days..but that’s a different story)

I am a beginner in the translation industry and I worked very hard to do a high quality translation work (around 5000 words and three days work) but 
this person abused me. Needless to say that I tried to contact her but she had long been gone! I have decided to press charges against this person 
although I am aware that this might be useless. However, please let your members know about my misfortune and kindly tell them to be suspicious if  
someone asks them to translate such a document and if they are asked to transfer any money difference via Western Union."

The golden rule when approached by a stranger with a business proposition is getting verifiable contact information and verifying it. In this case the
name, address and phone number provided could be found in Google, but of course the same info could be picked from the same source by the scammers,
and you are at risk if you trust that they are related to the email address provided.
Calling the phone number provided adds an independent verification, and this small investment can protect you from being scammed.

January 18, 2013: Scam messages from a profile with membership

A profile with membership has been reported to send emails. The username on the profile was "Renardo" and the email address used was denardvicc@gmail.com . The profile has since been removed, but it serves as a warning that even messages sent by profiles that are currently members of ProZ.com should be checked with risk management practices, like the ones specified on http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Detecting_and_reacting_to_false_job_offers_and_other_scams and http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Risk_management_for_translators_and_interpreters .

January 15, 2013: Scam messages from spopleim

The following message sent by ProZ.com profile "spopleim" (currently deleted) has been classified as very likely to be a scam.

Good Evening,
Translators/Interpreters needed in {country}.
Email for more information.
Thanks.

Email addresses reported include spopleim@gmail.com, pascalgyoree1@gmail.com and gshockrepublicc@gmail.com

January 10, 2013: Fred Hills does not care about rates

Scam job offer allegedly sent by "Fred Hills" using the address fhills43@yahoo.com

Hello,
My name is Fred Hills and I am from the UK. My clIents need
reliable persons that will translate some document therefore, We
need efficient translators that are capable of translating the
documents for my organisation. 

Below are the details:
Subject: Conflict Management 
Return date: 30 April , 2013 (Let me know if this date is not ok
for you)
Mode of payment: secure cashier cheque
Language of document : English 
Langauge to be translated to : French or German

Note: Please if you cannot translate the document to the stated
languages, Please advise me on the languages that you can do so
that I will advise my clients.

Do get back to me as soon as possible and let me know if you are
capable to translate it.
Once I recieve your email i will send the documents to you.
Regards 

Besides the poor English and the total lack of information on the organization or the project, a Google search will show that the address fhills43@yahoo.com has been involved in several scams. Also note that they state a target language and a deadline but they are very ready to compromise on both, and they don't ask about your rates!

January 9, 2013: Cindy Ross and Brooke Nelson

Overpayment scam messages have been reported, sent using the name 'cindy ross', address cr250025(at)gmail.com or 'Brooke Nelson', address brnelson2500(at)gmail.com

"Hello,
As am browsing through the profiles translators on proz.com I came across your profile,I kindly want you to translate my book that I need to translate 
kindly get back to me on the language you handle from English If you are interested in translating for me kindly contact me back immediately you  
received my message for more information about the project."

A colleague who wrote to discuss rates and deadlines got the following reply (that also asked for a lot of personal and banking data):

"Attached is the project. Payment shall be in 2x . First payment of 50% and the balance of 50% on completion or a week to 2 weeks interval.I await the 
total estimates and necessary details to making the payment. My client has chosen check payment this has been method of payment from the past."

Again the warning signs are the lack of details on outsourcer and project, the fact that they ask you for your language pairs, focus on payment over
rates and deadlines, very poor language skills and inconsistencies such as moving from "my book" to "my client".

January 7, 2013: Update on scams reported

The classic “private investor” overpayment scam reported again, using name 'stiven wilson' and email address stivenwilson@gmail.com

Hello,
As am browsing through the profiles on www.translatorpub.com I came across your profile,I kindly want you to translate one of my book that I need to translate ,am a private investor. If you are interested  in translating for me kindly let me know the language you can handle from English, kindly contact me back immediately you received my message for more information about the project.

And a still simpler scam sent by 'Michael' from mischuster001@gmail.com

I would like to translate the book in engineering from English to German.
The book contain 893 pages.
If you are interested, please let me know your rate, lead time and your CV.
Regards,
Michael

January 4, 2013: Probable scam message sent by "Jasmine Adamz"

A probable scam message sent by "Jasmine Adamz" has been reported through the support system. The message reads:

Dear (name)
I have read your CV and I found it so interesting . I will be more
than happy to work with a translator as skilled as you so do
please send me your CV and your cover letter to my e-mail address
Friend.of.translation(AT)gmail.com to be with me in the upcoming
work
Kind regards Project Manger Jasmine 

Please note that no organization is mentioned here. When the translator asked for more details, the 'client' replied:

sorry not to mention that ,I Work at languagemet company which is
Known as one of the leading language services providing with
clients based all over the world .Ever since it started. We cover
translations for all languages. Our skillful translators and
linguists are chosen for their fluency and expertise in a wide
range of market sectors along with their cultural and commercial
awareness ensuring that your translation is not mere words.

Besides the poor English, you will find information on this company at http://www.proz.com/blueboard/9086 and forum threads http://www.proz.com/topic/230462 and http://www.proz.com/topic/238933


January 1, 2013: Laqueen Hotel asks for interpreters

A job asking for interpreters has been posted by La Queens Hotel but a deeper investigation later revealed that the hotel's web page has been copied from another web page belonging to Heartland Hotel Corporation. The corresponding domain was created on Dec 04, 2012.

Because of this, the posted job is considered to be a scam operation similar to the one described here

December 2012

December 31, 2012: Andrew Miller reported very active again

Overpayment scammer Andrew Miller, already reporrted in our scam alert of September 3, 2012, is being reported as very active, with
the following message (target language changes depending on the victim):

“Greetings,
I'm Andrew,I need to make a presentation to some groups of French speaking people in Paris,France.I need you to translate the papers
from English to French.Moreover can it be delivered before 27th of Jan,2013?
Let me know your rate and charges.Presentation is attached,looking forward to hear back from you soon.
Andrew
8305154169”

Documents attached:

  • Mergers_and_acquisitions[1].docx
  • Regional Seminar on Economic Dynamics of Newly.doc


Email addresses used: drrussellpark@globomail.com, missmichelleanderson49@gmail.com, missmich1234@gmail.com, andersonmissmichelle@gmail.com

December 27, 2012: Likely scam messages from Palestina

A likely scam has been reported through the forums and the support system. This is the forum post about it http://www.proz.com/topic/239819 .
In both cases, the email address used was georgeyala8@gmail.com and the contact name Georg Ayala or George Ayala . While the offer does not include
any giveaway signs of being fraudulent, the IP address is from Palestine, which is suspicious considering the ongoing scams reported on ttp://www.proz.com/topic/230462
Remember that messages sent through ProZ.com show the IP address of the sender, which can be used to track their location with LookUp tools such as
the one on http://www.melissadata.com/Lookups/iplocation.asp

December 20, 2012: Advanced payment scam with a repeated set of contact information

An instance of an advanced payment scam was reported recently. In this case, the name used was "Ana Mesa". This is the correspondence reported by a user as sent by this person:

1-
Hello,
As am browsing through the profiles translators on
www.translatorpub.com I came across your profile,I kindly want you
to
translate one of my book that I need to translate kindly get back
to
me on the language you handle from English If you are interested
in
translating for me kindly
contact me back immediately you received my message for more
information about the project.
Thanks,
Regards 

2-
Attached is the project. Payment shall be in 2x . First payment of
50%
and the balance of 50%oncompletion or a week to 2 weeks interval.
I await the total estimates and necessary details to
making the payment. My client has chosen check payment this has
been
method of payment from the past. Email me your
full Name:
Address:
City:
Country
State:
Zip Code:
Phone:
The details above shall be used to forward the pament to you.
Regards. 

3-
Hello
your details as been forwarded I will kindly persuade you that we
should wait for the process of the payment and then commence on
the
files for the translation. Honesty is a key to a successful
career, so
please confirm to me when you receive the payment. Thanks
Regards 

4-
Hello
There is no need for you to open another account before you cash
this Travelers Cheques, you can easily cash it instantly either
at
your bank or at any bank around you, but the bank will only
deduct
exchange fee from the money. Below are the
instruction for cashing the Travelers Cheques, Firstly, you must
sign
and write your name on each Cheques from home before going for
the
cashing at your bank, but you will have to write the date and
countersign at the bank when the cashier instruct you to do so.
AT
HOME BEFORE GETTING TO THE BANK A) You must put your signature on
the
first line of all cheques where it says "SIGN HERE IMMEDIATELY
UPON
RECEIPT OF THIS TRAVELERS CHEQUE" B) Write your names on the 2nd
line
where it says
"PAY TO THE ORDER OF"exactly as it appears on your identity
material
to be used because Payee may ask for your ID; a driving licence
or
passport should suffice, and doing so would most usefully be
towards
the end of comparing the signature on the ID with those on the
Cheques. AT THE FRONT OF THE BANK CASHIER C)Write the date on the
last
line where it says "DATE" D) You shall sign again on the last
line
where it says "COUNTERSIGN HERE IN PRESENCE OF THE PERSON
CASHING"
Please this instructions are very important and will enable you
in
exchanging the Cheques instantly. Waiting to hear from
you soonest. 

Note that the contact information was "12 Belgrave Rd London E13 8RS, UK +44 703 591" a set of information that has already been reported to be used by these kind of scams.

December 18, 2012: Impersonation of company Indus Translation Services

It was reported on http://www.proz.com/topic/239593 that a scammer has been contacting translators impersonating Indus Translation Services, http://www.proz.com/blueboard/7728, using email address industranslation001@gmail.com

Please read the report on http://www.proz.com/topic/239593, and be wary of offers by Indus Translation Agencies sent by an email address not hosted at http://www.industranslation.com/


December 14, 2012: Kenneth Clark and the racial discrimination

Earlier this month we reported a scam attempt asking for the translation of a document on sex discrimina