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== April 2012 ==
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=== April 27, 2012: Wallet lost in Scotland but reported from USA ===
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Two members reported receiving a "wallet lost abroad" scam message allegedly from certified PRO member Yumico Tanaka, who of course is not related <br> to this operation in any way and who has been already alerted about this scam.  The message was:<br>
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Subject: Financial Assistance
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Hello, How are you doing today? I know this might be a surprise to you but am sorry to reach out to you in this manner. I apologize for not informing
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you about my travel to Scotland for a Meeting.
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Everything is going fine but there's a little problem, I misplaced my wallet on my way back to the hotel and right now all my credit cards and money
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are gone. Am sending you this message to inform you that am stranded at the moment and need your help financially. Am not sure if you have that much
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but will you be able to help me with a loan of 1600 British Pounds to pay the hotel bills and get back home?
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I will appreciate whatever amount you can afford to help me with and am sorry for the inconvenience this message might cause you but please understand
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that am in a very bad situation right now and would appreciate if you could help me out. I will email you the transfer details upon your reply.
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Thank you in advance.
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Best regards,
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Yumico Tanaka
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Please note: All my email transactions are monitored by another Proz.com certified translator for the sake of safety and decency.
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The message was allegedly sent from Scotland, but the IP address shows that it was sent from the USA.
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=== April 23, 2012: Overpayment scam targeting interpreters ===
=== April 23, 2012: Overpayment scam targeting interpreters ===

Revision as of 17:05, 27 April 2012


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.


April 2012

April 27, 2012: Wallet lost in Scotland but reported from USA

Two members reported receiving a "wallet lost abroad" scam message allegedly from certified PRO member Yumico Tanaka, who of course is not related
to this operation in any way and who has been already alerted about this scam. The message was:

Subject: Financial Assistance
Hello, How are you doing today? I know this might be a surprise to you but am sorry to reach out to you in this manner. I apologize for not informing 
you about my travel to Scotland for a Meeting.

Everything is going fine but there's a little problem, I misplaced my wallet on my way back to the hotel and right now all my credit cards and money
are gone. Am sending you this message to inform you that am stranded at the moment and need your help financially. Am not sure if you have that much 
but will you be able to help me with a loan of 1600 British Pounds to pay the hotel bills and get back home?

I will appreciate whatever amount you can afford to help me with and am sorry for the inconvenience this message might cause you but please understand
that am in a very bad situation right now and would appreciate if you could help me out. I will email you the transfer details upon your reply.

Thank you in advance.
Best regards,
Yumico Tanaka

Please note: All my email transactions are monitored by another Proz.com certified translator for the sake of safety and decency.

The message was allegedly sent from Scotland, but the IP address shows that it was sent from the USA.


April 23, 2012: Overpayment scam targeting interpreters

Two colleagues reported the same overpayment scam attempt targeting interpreters using names White Briggs <briggs_white@yahoo.com> and Rogers Mills
<rogers_consult@yahoo.com>. IP addresses 184.105.146.9 and 216.218.254.19 locate the scammers in Fremont, CA, USA

The first contacts were:

Hello, I write to inquire for the service of an English to Spanish Interpreter for an upcoming event in Spain.Kindly reply if interested.
Warm Regards,
White Briggs
Hello, I write to inquire for the service of an English to French Interpreter for an upcoming event in Belgium.Kindly reply if interested.
Warm Regards,
Mills Rogers"


Both interpreters asked different questions but both got the same identical answer (Even in the exchange started by "White Briggs" this reply was
signed by "Rogers Mills"):

Thank you very much for your reply.I am interested in booking you for 3 to 4 days between 11th to 15th of June.
Purpose: To work as a liaison Interpreter between myself and 3 French speaking independent business men. 
Venue: Barcelona, Spain Time : 9am to 4pm daily
Subject: To develop marketing Concept and Strategies on how to introduce a new product in Spain.
Kindly note that the website is under construction and i shall supply you any other information as we unfold issues.
I am a very busy person and i will be happy to get what the fee for your service will be so i can plan along with it because I have many assignments
on my neck between now and the next 3 weeks.
Will await your response.
Warm Regards,
Mills Rogers"

One of the interpreters kept asking for verifiable contact information to no avail. In the last (fourth) message received before the interpreter
gave up, the scammers wrote:

Thank you for your reply.You sound very matured and interesting.I think you deserve the job ... I went through the quote and i think is pretty fair.I
shall send you my materials as soon as they are ready to keep you updated and other necessary information.Kindly supply payment details so that i can
treat it before i embark on my traveling in the next few days.Will always contact you via mail.Please supply, name to be written on check, full address 
to send the check and your direct mobile number so i can make a deposit while you block those days for me.
Warm Regards,
Mills Rogers"

Both interpreters acted wisely and detected the scam. The next step would have been the sending of a (false) check for an excess amount and a
later request to wire the "excess payment" back.

April 20, 2012: "Gonzalo Benjumeda" scam from Madrid

Two colleagues have reported being scammed by a person using the name Gonzalo Benjumeda and the email address gonzabenjumeda87@hotmail.com and
writing from IP address 85.58.16.184 (Madrid).

Both first messages (in Spanish) had the classic "scammer style", no greetings, very brief and with no information about the sender. They were:

Necesito saber si puede realizarme una traduccion del portugues al español y que me costaria,  

and

Necesito presupuesto para una traducción del turco al español. Adjunto documento, gracias 


Both colleagues delivered their translations. One of them lost track of the "client" immediately after delivery. The other one asked for advance
payment and got a transfer order that was later found to be false.

April 19, 2012: Over-payment scam from “George William"

On April 7 we alerted about a scam requesting translators "to translate a project book" from Norfolk, UK. Now two more reports were received with
additional information that, even if false, will help us recognize the style and data used by this particular scammer. Name and address were still
“George William" and ggwill45@hotmail.com and the first message was, again:

Hello,
A translator is needed to translate a project book from English to Italian language,should you be  interested contact me with your CV."

The second message included:

Thanks for your urgent response. I am looking for a translator to work on the pair stated for the new book that I am working on.I have chosen you to  
work on the project for we are in-between a new business that will require us to write out in {target language} . I will attached the project if u 
are ready, just want you to have an understanding of what we are about to do. I am a private investor, I work on short time businesses. my address is
46 Belgrave Rd
Redbridge,
London
Zip Code: E11 3QW,
Country: UK

The address given is in London but the IPs are from the West of England.
In the third message the scammer offered paying 30% in advance by check and asked, as usual, for Full Name, Full address, city, state, zip code and
a Direct phone number. Clearly an over-payment scam.

April 17, 2012: Scam with stolen text

A member reported the following job offer via his ProZ.com profile from non-logged-in visitor "Agatha Wear", email address agatha@lengotrans.co.cc
and IP address 92.253.88.228:

Dear Translator,
We are recruiting translators who can translate Medical German into English text for Monday morning. This is part of a larger job. Files would be in 
.pdf format. Please contact us if you are interested & include your CV .

Best regards,
Agatha Wear
22 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London AC3 9DH. 
agatha@lengotrans.co.cc
www.lengotrans.co.cc"

This text is different from normal overpayment scams. The text is better and there is a reasonable amount of information on the sender, so we move
into the next step and start investigating this data, to find:

  • The address provided by the sender is no London, but the IP address of the message locates them in Jordan
  • There is a well know translation company with a name very close to Lengotrans, but no translation agency with that name was found in Google
  • The text in the email is better that usual because it was stolen from a job posted at ProZ.com on March 16, 2012
  • Avira generates an alarm about web page http://www.lengotrans.co.cc/ "Warning. In order not to compromise your security, this page will not be
    accessed. The requested URL has been identified as a potentially dangerous website."


April 16, 2012: Similar scam from 3 addresses

Three different email addresses have been reported as sending a scam job offer to translators with very similar texts. Once more, the first alert
comes from the poor grammar and the lack of information on the sender. If you read an offer like these and failed to delete it immediately, then the
next step should be getting verifiable contact information from the sender.

The following message was sent by "monika", email monglass34@hotmail.com and IP address 41.155.66.53 (Nigeria) and also by "John", email
jgateinc@hotmail.com and IP address 146.185.29.99 (England):

Hello
,A translator is needed to translate a project book from english to Hungarian language,should you be interested contact me with your CV.
Warm Regards

A slightly more elaborate version was sent by "Alan Ferguson", email alan.ferguson17@yahoo.com and IP address 41.155.40.97 (Nigeria):

Hello,
A translator is needed to translate a project book from English to French language,The tittle of the book is project management made easy and the 
total number of words are 17610 words. should you be interested contact me with your CV.
warm regards,
Alan."


April 12, 2012: Good risk management

A member reported receiving a job offer that is most likely a scam. Senders used the identity Robert Hanson and the email address
rob.hans3@yahoo.com and the IP address 69.22.186.174 locates them in the New York area. The message was:

Hello, i need to translate a document from English language to German as soon as possible, please get back to me if you are available for the job. 
Thanks

Translator asked for the file to be translated and, according to its properties, it was saved by "High Chief Ogunsanya". Besides the classic scammer
style (with no identification at all, short to the point of being impolite), a quick Google search revealed several hits of Nigerian scams
associated to both the names " Robert Hanson" and "Ogunsanya"

April 7, 2012: Good risk management

A colleague was contacted by scammers using the name “George William" and the email address ggwill45@hotmail.com with an IP address
91.228.3.120 locating them in Norfolk, UK. The first message was:

“Hello,
A translator is needed to translate a project book from english to Polish language,should you be interested contact  me with your CV.
Regards”

The next message was:

"Thank for getting back to me..The subject of the book is Project Management ,I will be waiting to read back  from you.."

When the translator asked for an identity verification including a physical address and a land phone number, the scammers went
away looking for less prepared victims.

Names and email addresses are important, but so is recognizing the scammers’ “style”. Red lights should flash when you receive a
translation request with no signature, no details and short to the point of being impolite.
And remember to always identify the “client” before committing to a job.

April 5, 2012: Advance payment scam / overpayment scam

An advance payment scam has been reported by several translators in the form of the request for the translation if a long PDF file on "Business
Sustainability Management Framework".

IP addresses locate the origin of these messages at Pretoria, South Africa and the "client" assumes several fake identities, among them:

  • Ann Woods, annwoods72@ymail.com
  • Martin Flora, martin_flora@ymail.com
  • Charles Weblon, weblon@yahoo.com
  • Ron Strauss, ronstrauss7@gmail.com
  • Teresa Lartuna (mail unreported)
  • Flora Mcmannan (floramcmannaman@yahoo.com)


In at least one of the cases the initial message was:

Hello, good day to you. There is a document I will like you to work on for me. I want it translated into Spainish. The source language is English. 
Let me know if you are available so I can forward the document. Thanks.
Ann


April 3, 2012: Advance payment scam / overpayment scam

Another overpayment scam attempt was reported by a member. This time the scammers wrote from the address elleschumacher6@gmail.com and claimed the
following contact information: Elle Schumacher; 21 Great Victoria Street; BT2; BELFAST

The original message was a classic scam opening:

"I have a piece of work to be translated. I want to know the language you handle and your charging rate.
I await these details soonest.
Regards"

Note the total lack of information on the "client" or the nature of the translation job required, and the request to report "the language you
handle". What kind of search did they perform if they don't know "the language (SIC) you handle"?

All translator's conditions were accepted and a price of 900 Euros was agreed for the translation of an e-book. "Client" indicated that payment
would< be 50% in advance with checks and when translator objected the related high banking fees, the client offered to cover these costs (more red
light here).

Three days later the translator received a normal mail envelope sent from Antwerpen, Belgium, by a different sender, containing 2500 dollars in
traveler checks. When asked about this excess payment the "client" urged her to cash the checks. At this point the translator had the good sense of
going to the bank to have the checks verified, and of course they turned out to be false.

Never engage in a business proposition from strangers unless you have positive (verified) information on their identity. Also ask yourself why they
selected you and do your risk management homework.

March 2012

March 29, 2012: Good risk management

A Proz.com member received a profile message from a non-logged-in visitor who called himself "Robert Hanson", with an address rob.hans2@yahoo.com
and an IP address that located him in Chicago, USA.

The original message simply said "hi. i've got some documents for translation." and the next messages expanded it to ""Yes about 12,000 english
words. i will forward the document to you as soon as we complete negociation. what is your rate and what is your mode of payment?" and "it has
to do with the climatic change. you can also be paid with a check . i will forward the document to you as soon as possible so you can get back to me
with the total cost price."

When the translator asked the "client" about his current location, "Robert Hanson" declared to be "presently in the south africa to get some
informations." Since the IP address located the client in USA, the member demanded identification and other related information and did not hear
back from the "client".

This looks a lot like an advance payment scam attempt cleverly averted by the translator. Also, it may be irrelevant, but I have seen a lot of
scams where the pronoun "I" is written like a small "i".

March 27, 2012: Impersonated client scam

Mr. Trevor Devlin from the company ASTA-USA has reported that another company (which uses the website www.tr-services.us) is using ASTA-USA's
physical address on their purchase orders. ASTA-USA is taking legal actions on this issue. An investigation in the Web lead to two translators who
were abused by these scamers, contact name Silvia. In both cases they delivered a translation, lost contact with the "client" and were never paid.

One of them provided a PO dated Feb 21, 2012 with the header "Translation Services", the physical address of ASTA-USA, the email address
info@tr-services.us and the web address www.tr-services.us. The IP address in the emails corresponds to Egypt.

In the second case the scammers approached a legitimate end client misrepresenting a serious translation agency (different from ASTA-USA), got the
translation job and assigned it to the victim. Scammers got paid by the end client and then vanished. When contacted by the translator, the end
client acted honorably and paid her, even though they had already paid the scammer.

The web page http://www.tr-services.us/ offers many language-related services, shows a list of prestigious clients and invites translators to offer
their services, but it has no contact information besides the info@tr-services.us email address.

March 26, 2012: Secret Shopper scam / Western Union scam

A new variant of the "Secret shopper" or "Western Union" scam has been reported by several colleagues. The messages are sent by "Joel Greenwood,
Judd Financial Services hiring manager".

The scammer will contact you offering you a job position (you did not requested) in a Payment Protection services company, after reviewing your CV
that you didn't submit). The job is a part-time assignment with good salary and commissions and all you have to do is receive in your accounts the
payments from the "buyers" and, once the transaction was cleared, to keep your remuneration and to wire the remaining amounts to the "sellers".

You will receive checks or similar instruments that you will deposit in your bank account and the bank will credit the money, then you will transfer
the payments to the "sellers". Later, the checks will be found to be forged or stolen and you will lose all the money you transferred and you will
have legal problems for handling bad checks.

Find the text of the message and the contract offered to the victims who play along at
http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Detecting_and_reacting_to_false_job_offers_and_other_scams#Variant:_Payment_protection_services

March 22, 2012: : Advance payment scam / overpayment scam

Two independent sources have reported scams related to work orders received from "Ashley Williams" or "Ashley Wealthy" through the email address
willsmorgan46@gmail.com (the names are probably fake and no one called that way should be considered related to this scam).

In both cases the translators accepted the job in spite of having no real contact information and in both cases the "client" refused to pay via
Paypal and stated that payment would be by check. In one of the cases a fake check was received for an amount larger than agreed (a classic "excess
payment" scam), while in the other case no payment (long overdue) has been received yet.

March 21, 2012: Impersonated client scam

After the alarm was sent yesterday, several translators provided additional information of the scammer impersonating Michael Becker from the email
address becker3e4@gmail.com

The scammer contacts translators making reference to a job published and then deleted at ProZ.com asking for availability. In the second message he
sends a text and asks for a quote. The third message asks for a lot of contact information and says:

"Thank you for your reply.Am out to Sweden at the moment but not a problem working together.I agree with your quoted rate, i will be paying in EURO
Bank Cheque.Your full payment will be issued out before commencement of work for i do understand it is necessary since we working online." 

The fourth message reveals a classic "excess payment" scam:

"Payment was sent today by my client,but there was a mistake as my client purchase a Bank Draft check of Euro 4650 on your name which include my
traveling agent fees to you.After cashing, you will take your down payment.I don't think there is anything to worry about for the trust i have in
you.You will send the excess funds to my agent for my trip to France.Please watch out for the payment and let me know when you receive it.Thanks for  
your understanding."

Of course the check will prove a forgery and the victim risks losing the time invested in the translation and also the "excess payment" wired to the
criminals, plus possible legal problems for cashing a forged check. Remember to get full and verified contact information from any client approaching
you before investing time in them.

March 20, 2012: Impersonated client scam

ProZ.com member Michael Becker has reported that scammers are attempting to steal from translators by posting fake jobs in his name, using the email
address becker3e4@gmail.com (already blocked in ProZ.com). ALERT: The address becker3e4@gmail.com does not belong to Michael and anything
coming from it should be considered a scam attempt.

This operation was detected because two potential victims had the good sense of contacting Michael via his ProZ.com profile asking for him to
confirm the job offer, and because Michael immediately reported this to ProZ.com staff.

Further investigation unearthed a previous job posted in January at ProZ.com (it had been deleted by staff because it was identical to another job
from an unrelated outsourcer) and a currently deleted ProZ.com profile with the username "compase".

Please spread the voice among colleagues, including a link to this report. It is likely that many translators have receive these false job offers
and only two (and you) have been told so far that this is a scam.

Read more about this kind of scam at http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/default#impersonated_client_scam

March 16, 2012: Good risk management

A colleague wrote today asking for a risk evaluation of a proposal received from a stranger via her ProZ.com profile.

  • The message said: "Am in need of your translation service; English to Polish.Get back to me as soon as possible."
  • A name was provided in the header together with a free fantasy email address (unrelated to the name)
  • The author of this proposal was not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when the offer was sent. * IP address was from Sylva, NC, USA


There is not enough information to call this a scam. In fact there is not enough information for any kind of evaluation. The message is short to
the point of being unpolite. No "dear xxx", no greetings of any kind, no signature. Not a word about what the job is (except for the language pair).
No explanation on how the translator was selected.

In my personal case this is enough to send the message to the dust bin without further reflection, but if you want to explore this opportunity you
should first find out in a verifiable way who your potential client is (physical address, a phone land line where you should place a call, etc.)

Also you could ask for a sample of the test to be translated and google every piece of data you received from the "client", and anything else required
to have you comfortably convinced that you are dealing with a real person with a real need. The first task when contacted by a stranger is to
verify its identity. Translation comes later.

You could also ask for a 50% advance payment and not start the translation until payment is received. If check received is for a sum larger than
agreed and you are asked to wire back the difference then cut all connections, as scam will be confirmed.

A last note: the colleague wrote "It looks suspicious, though it was sent by ProZ." Please note that this message was not sent by ProZ.com, and not
even by a ProZ.com member. The message states "The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message." so all
we know is that somebody found the colleague's profile and used the "send message" feature.

March 15, 2012: Impersonated client scam

On February 28, 2012 Mr. Kamran Nadeem, the Operational Manager at www.industranslation.com reported that scammers were misusing his name and
profile to cheat translators from a fake address industranslation001@gmail.com . Translators are offered jobs at good rates and, after delivery,
they are not paid and their emails are no longer answered. Apparently at least six translators have been cheated this way.

Besides issuing the scam alert, the fake address was blocked in ProZ.com and a warning was posted in the Blue Board page http://www.proz.com/blueboard/7728

Now Mr. Nadeem has reported that the scammers keep impersonating him, this time using the fake address industranslation.kamran@gmail.com (also
blocked and added to the Blue Board page)

This is a clasic example of scammers who steal translations by impersonating a legitimate ourtsourcer. Translators should not start working without
a positive identification of the client. In this case a corporate Gmail email address should set alerts, and a verification of the IP address would
locate the scammer in China (the real outsourcer is based in the USA).

March 13, 2012: : Advance payment scam / overpayment scam

A colleague received from an unknown person the request to translate an attached text, with a very generous deadline, and she replied with a quite
high rate, bearing in mind she did not know the potential customer, or how he had reached her.
The "client's" wrote in his second email:

"Am very much happy to read back from you. I felt so great and comfortable with the charges for the pages in which am sure it will be well prepared,
easy and well understood by the reader. 

Kindly get back to me with your Full Name to be on the payment, your Address and zip code and your cell phone number so i can instruct my secretary to 
issue out the full payment as soon as possible for the service.Do note that you will not release the translation to me not until have the payment with 
you. I will need your immediate response via email assuring me that i can trust you to handle this with care 

When the translator, feeling uneasy, tried to get more information on the identity of the client, he never answered back. This was most probably a
failed "overpayment" scam and the professionalism of the translator saved her money, time and troubles.

Remember that when approached with a proposal you need to know (and verify) the real identity of your client. Professional outsourcers will respect
you more if you verify them, and scammers will go away looking for a less careful victim.

March 12, 2012: Phishing "data verification" scam

A member reported a classing phishing scam targeting PayPal users:

Subject: Warning! Your PayPal account was limited!

Dear Customer,
Warning! Your PayPal account was limited!
As part of our security measures, we regularly activity in the PayPal screen to learn recently you were contacted after finding a problem on your 
Account. at the request of information from you for the reason follows:What's the problem?
-Our system detected unusual charges to a card Credit linked to your PayPal account.
Click To Confirm 
PayPal Email ID: 5138-8872
Department of examining the accounts of PayPal.
The PayPal Corp. Copyright 1999-2012. All rights reserved

Sincerely,
PayPal 

This is a basic version of phishing scam, were the victim is induced to click on a link, or sometimes on an image with an embedded link that will
install a trojan or virus in his/her computer.

Please note that no serious institution will write a personalized message like this to a customer addressing him/her as "dear customer" (they should
have at least an user name). Also the description of the problem is confusing, close to meaningless.

If you receive a mesage like this allegedly from Paypal, a bank, a government institution, etc. just delete it without a second thought.

Read more at http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/default#phishing_data_verification_scam

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.
The level of English in the email exchanges was very poor.They agreed on a fixed price of 400 USD and she completed the translation, but she kept
it while waiting for the check "which is in the mail". Increasingly concerned, she investigated the IP address of the email to discover that it was
from Nigeria, so it is most likely an overpayment scam.

When you get a job offer from a stranger you should first do your risk management homework until you are reasonable sure that this is a real client
and you have consistent contact information. This kind of inquiry should be done before you start translating and we should be as professional when
we evaluate a job as we are when we translate it. If we fail in this area we are at the mercy of criminals who are experts in exploiting the good
faith of decent people.

March 8, 2012: Employment abroad scam

A colleague reported a situation when he answered to an ad that apparently was from the Ritz Hotel in London, asking for an in house translator
with a rather generous salary, room and board and a lot of other fringe benefits. All his exchange with who apparently was the real HR Hotel’s head
went well, until the time to processing the work permit came and he was asked to contact “their” immigration agent. He did and then was asked to
send certified copies of the related documents and along with them the “agent’s fee” that was about 700 British pounds.

When he wrote back to the HR head and told her that in the Hotel’s ad, it had said the hotel would cover those expenses and the plane ticket, she
answered back and said that it was correct and that the translator would get a reimbursement upon his arrival. It was then when he Googled the
immigration agent’s name and found out that he was a swindler. Of course, if he sent the money he was going to get no job, and definitely no refund.


March 7, 2012: Wallet lost abroad

A variant of the "wallet stolen abroad" scam where the need is due to a medical emergency was reported by the alleged sender of the distress
message, sent from her hacked msn account.

Hi All,
Hope all is well. I've have spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday here in Madrid,I had a trip to Madrid (SPAIN) to be with
my ill Cousin,whom is a student here.I'm writing this with sadness right now,cuz am facing a terrible situation right now.

She was admitted because she had an impaired vision on the left-hand side of her eye. So we assumed that this was migraine
(without the headache), which we taught was her normal sickness, and would disappear in around half an hour. It didn't. It
continued all day and was still there when she woke up on Thursday, though slightly improved. So we took her to  the doc who
suspected a stroke and sent her straight off to Acute Stroke Assessment Unit. Nothing showed up on the CT scan, luckily, and
they discharged her with a bag of drugs.. I am deeply sorry for not writing or calling you before leaving, the news of her illness
arrived to me as an emergency and that she needs family support to keep her going, I hope you understand my plight and pardon me.

So I want to transfer her back home to have the surgery implemented with my Doc,the cost of the surgery here is very
expensive, and again i need to monitor her while she's in town with me.So i was wondering if you can help me out monetarily,what
i was looking for was about €2,600 to make the necessary arrangement but right now i have raised €1450 from my family.I
traveled with little money due to the short time I had to prepare for this trip and never expected things to be the way it is right
now,please what am looking for right now is €1150 and i will be so glad if you can help me and I'll surely pay you back upon
return, I need to get her home ASAP because she is going through a lot of pain at the moment and the doctor have advised that it is
necessary that the tumor is operated soon to avoid anything from going wrong. I'll reimburse you upon my return. kindly let me know
if you can be of any help ?
Love,

In order to prevent your accounts from being stolen you should change passwords frequently and be specially careful when using the account in a
shared platform (such as an Internet cafe computer). Passwords should not be stored in unencrypted text files in your computer and the antivirus
should be active and updated.

March 6, 2012: Impersonated client scam

A ProZ.com member contacted Support to report that she completed a job for an agency and then, after delivery, the project manager stopped answering
her emails and disappeared. Looking into the case, the alleged representative from the agency performed all communications with the translator from
the email address translatorquote1@gmail.com

The "contact" tab in the web page corresponding to the agency includes the following email addresses for communication:

  • For general information: info@{agency_name}.com
  • For submitting résumés: resumes@{agency_name}.com

This strongly suggests that the translator has been victim of a scam by impersonation as described at http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/default#impersonated_client_scam

The first risk management action to perform when offered a job from a new client is to positively identify this client. No honest client will be
offended if you do your professional homework.

March 5, 2012: Impersonated client scam

Scammer contacted victim from a @rambler.ru email address claiming to be representatives of a legitimate company called Rambler Internet Holdings.
After performing several small editing jobs, the victim found out that Rambler is a common search engine and email provider like Google, and
ramble.ru is an email address that anyone can get. The "jobs" were often "letters" to their US employees praising their work and telling them about
the thousands of dollars in commissions they were racking up (the bait).

After about a week and a half (a few days before they would have had to pay the victim) they lowered the hook. They offered him one of those jobs
receiving payments from their US customers, hoping that his greed would have been piqued by the huge sums mentioned in the editing "jobs". The
victim politely told them that he was not interested (as he was beginning to suspect that this was just a money laundering scheme) and he has not
heard from them since.
A report from another victim published at http://wordsmithforhire.blogspot.com/2011/08/rambler-internet-holdings-scam.html hints at an overpayment
scam, so this is a case that combines impersonation of a legitimate company and advance payment.

March 2, 2012: Nigerian scam

A member reported receiving the following message from a ProZ.com profile (removed immediately after receiving the report):

"Hello Dear,

How are you today? I hope by the special grace of God you are doing wonderfully well! I will like to apologize for contacting you 
in this manner over a transaction of this magnitude since we all know that  the internet is not a safe means of communication but 
it was due to a matter of necessity, i had to do  a thorough search on the internet and finally came across your email.

I will rather start by introducing myself, I am Mrs. Olga Patarkatsishvili, the wife of late multimillionaire Badri Patarkatsishvili, 
he was found dead at about 10.45 pm, Tuesday February 12, 2008 at our Surrey mansion in United Kingdom, at the age of 52, a month after 
running unsuccessfully for the Georgian presidency.My husband was one of the "oligarchs" who made a fortune from the privatization of 
state-owned industries during the Yeltsin era and eventually found a haven in Britain, where he was recently linked to a possible bid for 
West Ham football club. My marriage to Badri came as a surprise.

http://www.geotimes.ge/index.php?m=home&newsid=11794

I hope after reading through the above websites, you will see that me and my little son is in a very tough and difficult situation, as we 
are currently battling with my husband's wife, business partners, Georgian authorities, cousin and his solicitors over his wealth because 
he did not leave any will behind, this has made life so frustrating for me and my little son David.

Everything he left for us secretly which includes, banks accounts (both foreign accounts) and properties were confiscated except for a 
profiling cash amount of Ten million eight hundred thousand United States dollars that he deposited as diplomatic baggage with a European 
firm shortly before he died.

I have all documents relating to these deposit and every other information to proof my legitimacy, this I will definitely sent to you only 
once you prove to me that you are genuine, honest, transparent and dedicated to help us. We want you to stand as a beneficiary to retrieve 
the above quoted sum as my representative.

Please Do email with these mrs.olga00@gmx.es for more details many thanks.
Thanks for your understanding.
Remain blessed,
Mrs. Olga Patarkatsishvili"

This is a classic "Nigerian scam" and, according to law enforcement agencies, lots of educated people fall for this kind of trap every year. IP
address 41.218.247.151 tells us that the scam was sent from Accra, Ghana.

March 1, 2012: Wallet lost abroad scam

A ProZ.com member reported receiving the following message, allegedly from a colleague, sent from that colleague's email address:

"Hope you get this on time,sorry I didn't inform you about my trip  in Spain for a Program, I'm presently in Spain and am having some 
difficulties here because i misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things were kept. presently i have 
limited access to internet,I will like you to  assist me with a loan of 2,950 Euro  to sort-out my hotel bills and to get myself back home.

i have spoken to the embassy here but they are not responding to the matter effectively,I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist 
me with,I'll Refund the money back to you as soon as i return,let me know if you can be of any help.I don't have a phone where i can be reached.

Please let me know immediately.
Best Regards"

This is a classic ""Wallet lost abroad" scam, where the scammers first capture somebody's email account and then use it to scam others (probably
taken from the email contacts list). IP address was not reported in this case but it is likely to be located outside Spain.

February 2012

February 29, 2012: Advance payment scam / overpayment scam

Several ProZ.com members reported via Support the following scam submitter from two profiles that were deleted as soon as the first reports were eceived:

hello
I am pastor rick zebb from leeds, UK.I will need the service of an English to french Interpreter while i will becoming to grace a wedding 
ceremony in france(paris) as the SpecialGuest Speaker of the occasion on the Friday 23th and Saturday24 of march 2012.The duration will be 
from 2pm-4pm on Friday and 10am-12pm on Saturday. If available for these days and hours, do not hesitate to get back to me with the fee involved 
so i work towards booking the space.
Very Best Regards
rick zebb
447011149073
rick_zebb@yahoo.com

This is the classic "bishop" version of the advance payment scam. Please note the poor level of English for pastor residing in Leeds.

The IP address was 41.184.17.29 and it traces the sender to Lagos (Nigeria) instead of Leeds (UK). This very simple risk management verification is
enough to protect you in this case.

February 28, 2012: Impersonated client scam

Kamran Nadeem, the Operational Manager at www.industranslation.com has contacted ProZ.com to report that scammers are misusing his name and profile
to cheat translators. To do so scammers have created an email address industranslation001@gmail.com and use it to contact translators, impersonating
Kamran and sending them to Indus Translation Services' blueboard http://www.proz.com/blueboard/7728

Translators are offered jobs at good rates and, after delivery, they are not paid and their emails are no longer answered. Apparently at least six
translators have been cheated this way.

The IP information in the mails received from the scammers locate them in China and further investigations suggest that they could be linked to
http://www.proz.com/blueboard/11110

This is a clasic example of scammers who steal translations by impersonating a legitimate ourtsourcer. As usual, the main line of defense for
translators is a solid risk management procedure, and in particular to get a positive identification of the outsourcer.

Two details should warn translators in this case:

  • Emails allegedly sent by a corporate outsourcer from a free email account (Gmail in this case) should always ring alarms.
  • IP addresses of the scammers located them in China while the company is based in the USA. IP addresses of mails from new people contacting us should be always checked, see http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/Risk_management:_Email for information on how to do it.

The operation of this scammer from industranslation001@gmail.com was reported again on April 4, 2012.

February 27, 2012: Pay-to-work scam

Earlier this month a ProZ.com member reported at http://www.proz.com/topic/217853 that an alleged translation agency based in Australia had
offered her attractive work with the condition that they "accepted to cooperate only with WTACA verified members.”

Then they added “WTACA is an international Organization focusing on translation certifications, for more details you can visit their web site
www.wtaca.eu.tc” and they requested scanned copy of the translator’s WTACA membership as requirement for incorporation into the agency’s database.

Admission onto WTACA costed €100 so this has all the look and feel of 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 several of the “agency” contact addresses belonged to real translators who were unaware of this misuse of their
data. Later the web pages corresponding to both "agency" and "association" became inactive.

Now another ProZ.com member reported at http://www.proz.com/topic/219194 that an allegued Australian agency contacted her indicating that "To ensure
high quality translation, we only accept STO (Successful Translators Organization) certified Member. we invite you to visit their website www.sto.eu5.org”
The “agency” presents a PO box as contact address, while the association shows no contact information at all. Admission fee into the STO association
is casually €100. At this point the risk management evaluation lights a big red alarm indication.


February 26, 2012: Dating scam

The following email was reported by a ProZ.com member through support:

Hello My Dearest one

Hello My Dearest onernMy name is Sandra Williams i saw your Email today, when i was browsing i then made up my mind to contact you
as my friend so i will also like you to reply back to me, i have some thing to discuss with you, i will also send you my picture,s
and for us to know each other very well, I believe that distance can never be a barrier but let's love connect us because love is a
bridge that connected far distance to be close to each other it will be my pleasure to hear from you soonestrnFrom Sandra,please
reply me with this email, sandra5_williams@yahoo.com

This is a classic example of dating scam, where the scammer attempts to establish a relationship with the victim to ask for the transfer of money
once this was achieved.

The profile used for sending this message was deleted and the corresponding email address was blocked.

February 25, 2012: Advance payment scam / overpayment scam

A ProZ.com user wrote in a support request: "I received a false request from a scammer and fell for it (see copy of the scam email below). Please
notify all your members about this scam as many other translators might fall for it.

Greetings!
I'm Alan Cox from Atlanta,Georgia and i'll be leaving here in Atlanta for the United Kingdom on a business trip
tomorrow.However,i will need your service to translate some documents for me.I need to make a presentation to some groups of
german speaking people in Munich,Germany on 5th of March,2012.I will need you to help me translate the papers from English to
German,so each of my audience can have a copy in german language and they can follow through.I will also need that the work be
delivered by March 2,2012.Please,let me know your rate for a total of about 4626 words presentation and your methods of payment.I
look forward to hearing back from you soon.
Best Regards,
Alan
alan.cox.914@gmail.com

This is a classic text found in advance payment scams, including the poor writting and the fact that the translation will be used to be given to
the assistants to a presentation.

February 24, 2012: Secret Shopper scam / Western Union scam

The "Secret Shopper" scam has been going strong for the past few months and continues to affect translators. Please help spread the word in the
interest of protecting other language professionals who may fall victim.

A ProZ.com user reported today via the Support service: "I was contacted by a Tom Baker, from a company called Secret Shopper, claiming to be a
Proz.com member, ... with a job involving the evaluation of Western Union Services in France. The transactions I carried out were by means of
travellers cheques which my bank now informs me are fakes, and of course it is impossible to contact this company. I have been defrauded of 4000 €."

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Translator scam alert reports

Claire Muniafu
Kenya
Local time: 02:48
Swahili to English
+ ...
Bid for Project #111771 - 30 January 2012Apr 10, 2012

I am one of those translators who fell for the scam as provided below. The Job came through the usual notification and I submitted my bid, for which the client responded as below:

Hello. I accept the price and I am a private person. right now am in uk for vacation. Perhaps I can send you a cheque in the range of payment? That should cover payment for the translation translate the document in word and dont translate the pictures. I will need your data for the payment.
Full Name:... See more
I am one of those translators who fell for the scam as provided below. The Job came through the usual notification and I submitted my bid, for which the client responded as below:

Hello. I accept the price and I am a private person. right now am in uk for vacation. Perhaps I can send you a cheque in the range of payment? That should cover payment for the translation translate the document in word and dont translate the pictures. I will need your data for the payment.
Full Name:
Address:
Phone numbers:
Thanks.
Flora
flora mcmannaman floramcmannaman@yahoo.com
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Laura Bertolin Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 17:48
Spanish to English
+ ...
White Briggs scamApr 25, 2012

Hello,

I too have been contacted by the so-called White Briggs (briggs_white@yahoo.com) using exactly the same responses as the ones quoted above.

These are the e-mails they have sent me:


"You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: Briggs
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.] Author's IP address: 184.105.146.8 Message type: Job-related
-----------

Hello, I write
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Hello,

I too have been contacted by the so-called White Briggs (briggs_white@yahoo.com) using exactly the same responses as the ones quoted above.

These are the e-mails they have sent me:


"You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: Briggs
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.] Author's IP address: 184.105.146.8 Message type: Job-related
-----------

Hello, I write to inquire for the service of an English to Spanish Interpreter for an upcoming event in Spain.Kindly reply if interested.

Warm Regards,
White Briggs"

Next e-mail:


"Thank you very much for your reply.I am interested in booking you for 3 to 4 days between 11th to 15th of June.

Purpose: To work as a liaison Interpreter between myself and 3 Spanish speaking independent business men.

Venue: Barcelona, Spain

Time : 9am to 4pm daily

Subject: To develop marketing Concept and Strategies on how to introduce a new product in Spain.


Kindly note that the website is under construction and i shall supply you any other information as we unfold issues.

I am a very busy person and i will be happy to get what the fee for your service will be so i can plan along with it because I have many assignments on my neck between now and the next 3 weeks. Will await your response.

Warm Regards,
White Briggs"

And the last one:

"Or are you saying I make a deposit now or make payment after the exercise?"

I did not go any further because I found this thread warning about the scam.

I hope nobody else falls for it.
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Ana Nicolau Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 00:48
Member (2012)
English to Spanish
+ ...
White Briggs ScamApr 26, 2012

I have also been contacted by "White Briggs", I have received exactly the same emails as Laura has.

I haven't given him any information either as I found something in his emails strange.

Thank you for posting these alert reports!!


 

evalenzuela
Local time: 18:48
Arabic to Spanish
+ ...
GONZALO BENJUMEDA FRAUDApr 27, 2012

Hello,

I was contacted by GONZALO BENJUMEDA the 11th of April. He asked me for a translation from Arabic to Spanish. I delivered the translation and he sent me a copy of a false transfer to my account, that of course it never arrived. I lost track of him as soon as I sent him the translation. I hope that more translators read these postings so they are aware.

Best regards,

Estefanía


 

Deborah Fletcher Identity Verified
Local time: 00:48
English to Spanish
+ ...
May 1, 2012

Laura Bertolin wrote:

Hello,

I too have been contacted by the so-called White Briggs (briggs_white@yahoo.com) using exactly the same responses as the ones quoted above.

These are the e-mails they have sent me:


"You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: Briggs
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.] Author's IP address: 184.105.146.8 Message type: Job-related
-----------

Hello, I write to inquire for the service of an English to Spanish Interpreter for an upcoming event in Spain.Kindly reply if interested.

Warm Regards,
White Briggs"

Next e-mail:


"Thank you very much for your reply.I am interested in booking you for 3 to 4 days between 11th to 15th of June.

Purpose: To work as a liaison Interpreter between myself and 3 Spanish speaking independent business men.

Venue: Barcelona, Spain

Time : 9am to 4pm daily

Subject: To develop marketing Concept and Strategies on how to introduce a new product in Spain.


Kindly note that the website is under construction and i shall supply you any other information as we unfold issues.

I am a very busy person and i will be happy to get what the fee for your service will be so i can plan along with it because I have many assignments on my neck between now and the next 3 weeks. Will await your response.

Warm Regards,
White Briggs"

And the last one:

"Or are you saying I make a deposit now or make payment after the exercise?"

I did not go any further because I found this thread warning about the scam.

I hope nobody else falls for it.


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Cristina Fuentes Identity Verified
Local time: 00:48
English to Spanish
+ ...
White Briggs scamMay 2, 2012

I too was contacted by him. The emails are exactly the same as the ones above, thank God I saw them and didn't fell in. In this case, he requested an interpreter for four days in Barcelona. He offer to pay everything (and more for extra unexpected expenses) in advance.
It all sounded strange from the very beginning. It seems the "African prince" scam has changed its looks a little bit but it is the same thing again.
I also hope nobody falls in.
Thanks a million,

Cristi
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I too was contacted by him. The emails are exactly the same as the ones above, thank God I saw them and didn't fell in. In this case, he requested an interpreter for four days in Barcelona. He offer to pay everything (and more for extra unexpected expenses) in advance.
It all sounded strange from the very beginning. It seems the "African prince" scam has changed its looks a little bit but it is the same thing again.
I also hope nobody falls in.
Thanks a million,

Cristina
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Usha KAIAVA TIROUVANZIAM Identity Verified
France
Local time: 00:48
English to French
+ ...
May 11, 2012: new impersonation of the "project book" scam A new impersonation of the scam reportedMay 12, 2012

I also received it on May 11 from James kazidyj@hotmail.co.uk

46 Belgrave Rd
Redbridge,
London
Zip Code: E11 3QW,
Country: UK
+447035937886

I found something sounded strange in this negociation: the "client" wanted to pay 1/3 in advance by check. The volume of work was quite big (12Kwords) he even sent me a word file when I asked for details about the text to be translated. After exchanging few mails, I was
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I also received it on May 11 from James kazidyj@hotmail.co.uk

46 Belgrave Rd
Redbridge,
London
Zip Code: E11 3QW,
Country: UK
+447035937886

I found something sounded strange in this negociation: the "client" wanted to pay 1/3 in advance by check. The volume of work was quite big (12Kwords) he even sent me a word file when I asked for details about the text to be translated. After exchanging few mails, I was amazed by the low writing skills of the "autor" and made a search. Hopefully I found this page.
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PaulineGarnier
France
Local time: 00:48
English to French
+ ...
White Briggs + Fernando Javier Gonzalez Lorenzo (he exists) May 30, 2012

He did the same to me. So any things from Fernando Javier Gonzalez Lorenzo or White Briggs is a fraud. Be careful, they are really clever.
Don't accept any internation EXPORT check.

I lost 2000 pounds ...


 

Eleanor P Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:48
Spanish to English
+ ...
WHITE BRIGGSJun 1, 2012

I received exactly the same e-mails as reported below, relating to an interpreting job in Barcelona.
Despite feeling that it was all rather strange, I went along with it, giving him the benefit of the doubt as I had no intention of paying out any money or giving any bank details. I received a cheque which I paid into my account, thinking that if the cheque went through ok, then everything must be fine and that I had nothing to lose. Only some two weeks later did I see that the cheque had "b
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I received exactly the same e-mails as reported below, relating to an interpreting job in Barcelona.
Despite feeling that it was all rather strange, I went along with it, giving him the benefit of the doubt as I had no intention of paying out any money or giving any bank details. I received a cheque which I paid into my account, thinking that if the cheque went through ok, then everything must be fine and that I had nothing to lose. Only some two weeks later did I see that the cheque had "bounced" and my bank had charged me 90 Euros as a fee for this. This is when I saw these messages on the forum as well.
I have paid out no money to this guy or whoever he is, and he still has no other details about me. I am waiting to receive the cheque back from the bank, and to know more about the origin of the cheque and what other consequences there may be. I intend to fight the bank charges, but that is another issue. I'm still trying to comprehend exactly what kind of scam this is, as so far "he" cannot have received any benefit from this. I feel that there must be something even nastier around the corner, but I have no idea what!
If any one else has anything else to share about this guy, with a similar experience, it would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I don't know exactly how I should proceed with this matter - should I report it to the police?
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Sara Costa
Local time: 23:48
English to Portuguese
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White BriggsJun 20, 2012

I've been also contacted by "White Briggs". He said he was in Lisbon and needed an interpreter, the check arrived and with much more than what I asked, as we say in Portugal "too much charity makes the saint fall", so I found it very strange and thankfully I found this posts in the forum. I'm not depositing the check, but I only gave him my address and nothing more personal. I don't understand what does the guy wins with this.

 

Alexandra Gui
Local time: 23:48
English to Portuguese
+ ...
White BriggsJul 5, 2012

Hello,

The exact same thing has happened to me!
I was suspicious since the beginning of his e-mails and fortunately I found these warnings on the internet just has I received his payment by check!

I have reported it to the police even though it will probably go nowhere! But, at least I feel like I am not sitting at home, doing nothing, while these situations keep on happening!

Coincidentally I received another one of his e-mails just this morning, asking me
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Hello,

The exact same thing has happened to me!
I was suspicious since the beginning of his e-mails and fortunately I found these warnings on the internet just has I received his payment by check!

I have reported it to the police even though it will probably go nowhere! But, at least I feel like I am not sitting at home, doing nothing, while these situations keep on happening!

Coincidentally I received another one of his e-mails just this morning, asking me to keep 600€ of the check's payment (which was 3500 pounds) for the inconvenience, and return the rest to him. I haven't return his e-mails for about two weeks now, and he just keeps trying his luck!

I hope nobody else falls for this scam!

Thank you for the warning!

Alexandra (Portugal)
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Charlene Siffre Identity Verified
Spain
Spanish to French
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GONZALO BENJUMEDA FRAUDJul 12, 2012

Hello!

I was contacted by Gonzalo Benjumeda as well a few months ago, he asked me a spanish to french translation. I delivered the translation and didn't receive anything from him. It is a big scam, he even sent me a false transaction paper and then absolutely nothing. Please be careful!

This morning I have been contacted by Stiven Wilson, the "private investor". Thanks to this page I won't answer.


 

Naya Lizardo Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:48
English to Spanish
+ ...
GINGER WOMACK refund scam. Nov 11, 2012

Hi,

I was recently emailed (yahoo address) by GINGER WOMACK with the following message:

"We are looking for a translator that can translate from English to any foreign language. I have a book project at hand that demands all foreign language because we have newborn every minute all over the world. This is concerning the training of our children for a better tomorrow. The book is title **TEACH YOUR CHILD THE RIGHT WAY** This book has been written in English to help parent
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Hi,

I was recently emailed (yahoo address) by GINGER WOMACK with the following message:

"We are looking for a translator that can translate from English to any foreign language. I have a book project at hand that demands all foreign language because we have newborn every minute all over the world. This is concerning the training of our children for a better tomorrow. The book is title **TEACH YOUR CHILD THE RIGHT WAY** This book has been written in English to help parent know their obligation to teenagers. The book contain 30 Pages, Words count is 10,000 Thousand. There will be no editing as regards translating it..."

She then asked for me for my (U.S.) address ("no PO Box") and the amount I would complete the project for.

I had an inkling it was a scam; to be sure, I sent her an amount and a made-up address. She responded a few days later saying her book editor mailed me the check, but mailed it for a larger amount than my bid. She said I should cash the certified check when I get it and send the difference via Western Union.

This was clearly a refund scam. Please be careful.

Naya
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Ines Cunha Jorge Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 23:48
Member (2005)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
I was contacted by this Flora todayNov 16, 2012

Bad written emails + client@yahoo or gmail + Interesting documents + long deadlines = scamicon_smile.gif

 

Teresa Lopes Identity Verified
Portugal
Member (2011)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Mrs Flora Mcmannaman role-playing Mr BriggsNov 23, 2012

I also received an e-mail from Mrs. Flora mcmannaman with a document "article_business_sustainability_framework" with about 15k words. I informed her of the price and told her that I would need some advance payment to start the job. She promptly agreed to my price and said a check of the total would be sent to me. I answered that I would start the job as soon as the payment was credited to my account.
Then, I forgot about it, because I wouldn't start working without some guarantee, but gav
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I also received an e-mail from Mrs. Flora mcmannaman with a document "article_business_sustainability_framework" with about 15k words. I informed her of the price and told her that I would need some advance payment to start the job. She promptly agreed to my price and said a check of the total would be sent to me. I answered that I would start the job as soon as the payment was credited to my account.
Then, I forgot about it, because I wouldn't start working without some guarantee, but gave her my address. Today I received a check with a badly written note asking for excuse for the late payment. The check is from a Spanish Bank and the amount is 3200Euros, 5 times the price of my expected job.
I thought someone had mixed envelopes and sent the wrong check to the wrong person and I went to my bank with it, to show it to my bank adviser and ask what to do. I was informed that the check would take 45 days to be cleared and I would have to pay expenses for submitting it and then more expenses if it bounced.
The note that arrived with the check said, among other things like asking how the weather was: (sic) "The payment was mail out to you on behalf of our client based on instructions from my boss. Please notify me once you receive the payment and kindly take it to your bank for a deposit and it will take two working(2)days for the funds to be credited into your account. It is for your bank to get the cash into your bank account."
I sent Mrs. Flora an email, playing the naive and telling her that I had received a check that I assumed was from her, although her name wasn't included, and asking what was the meaning of this.
I got this answer:
"Dear Teresa
Thanks for your update,yes the check you receive is from my client Mr Richard King.
Is Owing me Some Money for our business transaction and i told him to send the check to you for the payment of the translation job,So i want you to go and deposit the check into your bank and account and it will take just 3days to clear and deduct your money which is 637,44€ and i will let you know how to get the balance across to me.
Hope you understand me.
Thanks
Flora"

I started thinking of money laundry, which is also possible, and then I started searching the Internet and I found this thread. Alas! Well, the check looks so perfect that, as I have to go to Spain next week for a personal matter, I think I'll drop by at a police station and leave it there!!!
Sorry Mrs. Flora for being such a bad sport.

Teresa

And also... searching on the internet for Mrs Flora Mcmannaman I just got this link: http://iowagravestones.org/gs_view.php?id=357240
A gravestone????? Oh my God, I got a check from High Above!!!icon_smile.gif

[Editado a las 2012-11-23 17:48 GMT]
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