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Pavlos Xirogiannidis  Identity Verified
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Mar 16, 2005

Who can tell me if it is a scam?

I am .....I am an English speaking Dr from Ghana. I will be coming over to London, UK on holidays from 30th of March to 9th of April 2005 for a 10 days vacation with my wife, daughter and son and they only speak German. I need a German translator for 5 hours daily X 10 days.

Please acknowledge if you can offer this service and give me a price quote.We will like to pay in advance of our visit so we can be assured of an escort during our shopping and sightseeing.

An early reply will be appreciated.

Thanks.


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Anthony Michils
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It is a scam ! Mar 16, 2005

Definitely a scam: they will pay you by check and twice the amount you have asked will be written on it. Then he will contact you to tell you he has made a mistake and if you could please wire him half the amount back. By the time you have been to the bank to cash in the cheque, it will (not immediately, but after the bank had checked the credentials) bounce.

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Jeremy Smith  Identity Verified
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Yes - it's a scam Mar 16, 2005

I am an English speaking Dr from Ghana. I will be coming over to London...with my wife, daughter and son and they only speak German.


A man who cannot communicate with his wife and children, eh? Feel free to send an insulting e-mail back to him - he's a scammer.


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Deschant
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I think so... Mar 16, 2005

If you read French, you may want to take a look at http://www.proz.com/topic/26822?start=0

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Els Hoefman  Identity Verified
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See previous thread Mar 16, 2005

There was a thread on this type of scams earlier: http://www.proz.com/post/206376#206376

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Bernadette Mora  Identity Verified
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The currently typical scam techniques Mar 16, 2005

They send you a cheque and then they rip you off. It's in fashion these days, isn't it? The other day the son of a former-president from Liberia sent me an email in which he sought advice on investing his money...

Cheers

Bernadette


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Cristina Moldovan do Amaral  Identity Verified
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another thread Mar 16, 2005

http://www.proz.com/topic/26069

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reliable  Identity Verified
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It's a scam! Mar 16, 2005

PavlosX wrote:

Who can tell me if it is a scam?

I am .....I am an English speaking Dr from Ghana. I will be coming over to London, UK on holidays from 30th of March to 9th of April 2005 for a 10 days vacation with my wife, daughter and son and they only speak German. I need a German translator for 5 hours daily X 10 days.

Please acknowledge if you can offer this service and give me a price quote.We will like to pay in advance of our visit so we can be assured of an escort during our shopping and sightseeing.

An early reply will be appreciated.

Thanks.



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reliable  Identity Verified
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It's a scam - I received this today Mar 16, 2005

"I am Dr Kweku Nana.I am an English speaking Dr from Ghana. I will be coming over to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US on holidays from 30th of March to 9th of April 2005 for a 10 days vacation with my wife, daughter and son and they only speak French. I need a French translator for 5 hours daily X 10 days.

Please acknowledge if you can offer this service and give me a price quote.We will like to pay in advance of our visit so we can be assured of an escort during our shopping and sightseeing.

An early reply will be appreciated.

Thanks.

Dr Kweku Nana"

Either they are getting a bit sloppy or they think we are really stupid because I was also cc'd on two other messages to other translators/interpreters! The emails were identical but the cities were changed


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Cecilia Coopman, M.A. in Translation  Identity Verified
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It is definetely a scam! Mar 16, 2005

Hello PavlosX,

I have also received the same e-mail (same context and some characters). It is doubtless a scam.

Cecilia

PavlosX wrote:

Who can tell me if it is a scam?

I am .....I am an English speaking Dr from Ghana. I will be coming over to London, UK on holidays from 30th of March to 9th of April 2005 for a 10 days vacation with my wife, daughter and son and they only speak German. I need a German translator for 5 hours daily X 10 days.

Please acknowledge if you can offer this service and give me a price quote.We will like to pay in advance of our visit so we can be assured of an escort during our shopping and sightseeing.

An early reply will be appreciated.

Thanks.



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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Of course it's a scam Mar 16, 2005

I've received a good many similar ones. And anyone who even thinks of sending money back without waiting for a check to clear with good funds deserves to be scammed.

Por la boca muere el pez...


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shfranke  Identity Verified
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Same scam for Arabic, early February, 2005 Mar 16, 2005

Greetings.

The same scam, albeit for on-site support as escort/interpreter in Arabic English, circulated last February among a number of translation/language services agencies in the US.

I was surprised at how many agencies seemed to bite at the first nibble, without asking the requestor for more basic details -- such as the family's flight intinerary and hotel reservations in the Los Angeles/Beverly Hills area -- before they started calling some of us interpreters about our availability. Hope none of those agencies proceeded with entanglement to the point where transfers of funds occurred.

Regards,

Stephen H. Franke
San Pedro, California


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Pavlos Xirogiannidis  Identity Verified
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Scamster. Mar 16, 2005

I wrote a very angry and threatening e-mail to the "Doctor" from Ghana, whose wife speaks various languages ( German, French etc) except English, telling him not to mess with interpreters.
I think we need to reply in a strong way to similar scamsters.
They distract us, take our time and resources.


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Cristina Moldovan do Amaral  Identity Verified
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I got this one a few weeks ago Mar 17, 2005

Hello,
I am Bishop John Nkururma.Am an English speaking cleargy from Ghana.I will be coming over to Tucson AZ on holidays from 10th of March. to the 20th of March 2005 for a 10 days vacation with my Romanian wife,daughter and son of the ages of 3 and 5 respectively.My wife Rev.Stella Nkururma only speaks Romanian and my native language,because her mum happens to come from Ghana. We will require the services of a Romanian translator for 5 hours daily X 10 days because i will not always be with them on most occations due to other church functions which i most attend.Please acknowledge if you can offer this service and give me a price quote.We will like to pay in advance of our visit so she can be assured of an interpreter during her shopping and sightseeing because this is her first visit to US .
An early reply will be appreciated.

Remain Blessed,

His Lordship,
Bishop John Nkuruma.
Tel: +233244033930


I told him that I wanted his wife to drop me a few lines in Romanian, and he never answered back. LOL

[Edited at 2005-03-17 05:46]

[Edited at 2005-03-17 05:46]


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Global LT
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We received the same request... Mar 17, 2005

This is what we received...It sounds like a customized version of other scams.

Language:
Japanese or Nigerian (client speaks Japanese and Nigerian)

Location:
Detroit Metro Area (starting in Troy, MI)

Dates:
March 30 - April 9, 2005 (10 days)

Hours:
5 hours per day

Overview:
The Nigerian client will be in Troy, MI to conduct business. His Japanese-speaking wife and 2 children, ages 3 and 5, will need an interpreter for 5 hours each day for 10 days.

The Japanese/Nigerian wife would like the interpreter to help her sightsee and shop in Southeastern Michigan. This is her first trip to the US and she would like to have someone assist her with getting around, communicating with English-speakers, shopping and sightseeing.

Client will pay in advance to be assured of an interpreter.


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