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Mary Stefan  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:54
Member (2006)
Romanian to English
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Apr 25, 2007

I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all the "fishy" e-mail I have received recently:

" Dear Mary Stefan ,
I will be needing an interpreter when i come over to New York City, NY for a board meeting with my bussiness partners.This will take a period of three weeks. And i will need translation from Romanian language into english language and will be meeting with them for 5hours everyday.Please will need to know the exact price and what it will
cost.I hope to hear from you soon.
Yours faithfully.
Leonald Cardo"

It’s pretty obvious that this is no “business language” so I looked it up on the net and I found this: http://sweflo.blogspot.com/2007/03/very-fishy-in-deed.html .

I’m wondering now: is this guy fishing for prices or for potential victims????

Am I the only Proz member who received this e-mail?

Regards,
Mary


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Trudy Peters  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:54
German to English
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Let me guess.... Apr 25, 2007

Let's say you tell him the cost will be $2500. He will then send you a check for $3000 and ask you to return the balance to him (or send it to someone else he has hired, etc.) You will have mailed your check to whomever before you realize that his check bonced...

Endless variations of this scam


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Heather Chinchilla
United States
Local time: 20:54
Spanish to English
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Got it! Apr 25, 2007

Yeah, mine's coming to Ypsilanti, MI for conferences of the same duration and needs Spanish to English.

This is similar to another scammer that approached me, and maaaany others, a few years back. He was coming to the U.S. with his daughters and needed an interpreter for sight seeing and shopping (or getting married and the wife needed an interpreter, etc.)

He wanted to send half the payment ahead of time. I believe that scam involved accidentally over-paying with fraudulent checks or money orders. I guess he wanted the interpreter to refund him the over-payment before noticing that the check or money order wasn't any good.

I've heard of other cases where the interpreter is lured to another country and kidnapped for randsom or killed.

The main thing to keep in mind is this: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. I'm glad you didn't fall for it!


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Marsha Way  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 19:54
Spanish to English
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Thanks Apr 25, 2007

Thanks for the "heads up".

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sokolniki  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 19:54
English to Russian
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What, not even a bishop or reverend? Apr 25, 2007

I received at least three job offers of this kind in the last couple of years.

Also be advised that scammers like this also target private tutors of foreign languages. So in case you are registered at a foreign language teachers/tutors website like myself, beware - the scheme is the same.

However, an easy red flag: numerous spelling mistakes, confusion between small and capital letters, absence of space between the end of a sentence and beginning of a new one and yes, they mostly call themselves Bishop, Reverend, Retired Captain or just Mr. or Mrs.


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Mary Stefan  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:54
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Romanian to English
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TOPIC STARTER
So many... Apr 25, 2007

There are so many scams out there it just blows my mind.

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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:54
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French to Italian
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Oh yes! Apr 25, 2007

I receive those messages periodically,

they have wives who needs shopping in Milano,
or daughters needing interpreter for tourims,
or they want to spend their homeymoon in Italy et. etc. and of course they ask for price stating that they pay in advance:(

I have never replied,
infact if it seems to good, it probably is not true, correct Heather


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ozan karakış
Turkey
Local time: 04:54
English to Turkish
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Certainly for victims Apr 25, 2007

Few years ago in Brussels I was selling my living room furniture and a dumb send me an e-mail saying he was ready to pay me and trusting me that the furniture was in mint conditions and he would pay me right away and his amigos would pick them up later...

I invited him over to my house for a coffee...

Cheers

Ozan


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NancyLynn
Canada
Local time: 20:54
Member (2002)
French to English
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an almost daily occurence Apr 25, 2007

There are many threads on the proz site discussing the various forms this scam can take.

I had a good laugh when I received a message, a couple of years back, from a gentleman whose wife and daughters needed an escort for two weeks while they shopped and toured my city - which is in fact a four-way stop featuring a convenience store and take-out counter - hm, two weeks of that for his family?? Sure, I could introduce his daughters to all the dairy cows mooing in our pastures, but there's not much in the way of shopping and sightseeing around here!

Haha, and now I'm the target of another scam: at least once a day I get an e-mail from some lottery corporation guaranteeing me obscene amounts of money in various currencies. So tell me, since these people often claim they found me to be a reliable, trustwrothy person thanks to the Internet, tell me, why am I still slogging it out?

Too good to be true - now that's a reliable yardstick for measuring the depth of, well, you know what.

Nancy


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:54
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The Scam Apr 25, 2007

It's just another variation of the old Nigerian scam, and they're not always from Nigeria.

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lingomania
Local time: 11:54
Italian to English
Right on Apr 26, 2007

Thank you for the warning.

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Alp Berker  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:54
Turkish to English
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For a good laugh.. Apr 26, 2007

Check out some of the ways how this lady got the scammers.
http://www.bustedupcowgirl.com/scampage.html


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Albert Stufkens  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 02:54
Member (2008)
Dutch to English
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Scamming involving checks Apr 30, 2007

What about inviting these scammers to transfer money into your account direct instead of handling checks?

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Dirgis  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:54
German to English
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Giving a scammer your account number? Not in America, you wouldn't. Much too risky. Sep 23, 2007

Albert Stufkens wrote:

What about inviting these scammers to transfer money into your account direct instead of handling checks?


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Dirgis  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:54
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This one (see first post) likely is Sep 23, 2007

Someone by the name of the signatory to the same email I received, graduated from the federal Government College in Warri, Nigeria in 1990, probably no coincidence.

Henry Hinds wrote:

It's just another variation of the old Nigerian scam, and they're not always from Nigeria.


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