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Scam e-mail - 'job offer' combined with CAT tools at big discounts
Thread poster: Matthew Kinnersly

Matthew Kinnersly  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:47
Japanese to English
Jul 18, 2005

I got an e-mail today offering a stream of jobs (all at rates too low to take). Nothing unusual there, but the mail also stated that to take their jobs I would have to use "Trados 6.5/7 freelance, Transit XV pro, Deja Vu X 7.0 pro, SDLX 2005 pro, MS Office XP/2003, Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium 2005, QuarkXpress 6.0/6.5. " It then went on to offer to sell me any of these I don't have at big discounts. This is obviously a variant on the usual pirate software spams, but it passes itself off as a purchase order for translation work. I expect it goes without saying that this is a scam to be avoided. Did anyone else get this kind of thing?

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2005-07-18 06:44]


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:47
English to German
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Can you forward the message to me? Jul 18, 2005

Hi Matthew,
This sounds familiar - can you please forward the message to me, together with the full IP headers (see pobox.com/fullheaders.mhtml for details)?

Thanks, Ralf


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:47
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Known to ProZ.com staff and moderators Jul 18, 2005

Hi again,
Having seen the body text of this message, I can confirm that we're aware of such schemes, and have blocked those responsible from using ProZ.com. Of course, any messages sent outside ProZ.com are beyond our control - in general, you should be vigilant: if something sounds to good to be true, that's usually because it is.


Cheers, Ralf


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