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Thread poster: Karin Walker
Karin Walker  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:53
German to English
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Oct 9, 2003

I just received the following e-mail:

************
You will earn 5 Euros per new translator recruited

Dear Translator Colleague,

Did you hear about the member recruitment reward programme
of the translator
directory “***.com”?

I am a translator as well and I would like to invite you to
sign up for
their “just-12Euros-per-year” member tariff as they offer
an outstanding
service and as I will receive 5 Euros per new translator,
who signs up for
this new tariff.

Of course you can do like me and invite more translator
colleagues, so that
you can earn a couple of hundred Euros just like that, too.
With more than
80,000 translators on the Internet you can get very lucky.

Apart from that, it is worth making use of their site. It’s
certainly one of
the best and they offer a great service.

Important advice:

To earn as well money through this member recruitment
reward programme, you
need to first sign up for their “just-12Euros-per-year”
tariff.

This reward programme is absolutely new, so if you invite
your colleagues
now(!) by e-mail or else, you will have most success. As I
said, there are
about 80,000 translators on the Internet. Imagine, if you
could contact them
all and your success rate of the invitations is at 10%, how
much you would
earn. I’d say: May the most convincing and fastest
translator gain the lot.

I would be very grateful if you could thank me for this
advice by mentioning
my e-mail address as “subject” when transferring your 12
Euro member fee to
***.com either by ***.com, ***Pal
or bank transfer.

Please fill in the subject box when transferring like
this:

1) your-e-mail@yahoo.com, 2) emailsendersname@hotmail.com

My congratulations if you earn more through this reward
programme than me.

I wish you lot’s of success.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen ***
MA
*********************

My immediate reaction was negative, especially since they
are urging translators to pay upfront to join the site
(which, IMO, has a funny smell about it, especially since
it uses the 'snowball' system to generate cash). Also, the sender's English is a little questionable. Did anyone else get this?


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NancyLynn
Canada
Local time: 02:53
Member (2002)
French to English
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Quite a site Oct 9, 2003

I read the French version of the Recruitment Page, and it does not have the same type of errors the English one, above, displays.

Still and all, it does seem a bit dodgy - and the website claims only 70 000 translators on the web, not 80 000.

I don't know -- there are so many sites for translators, now, and they all want membership fees -- even if I wanted to spend a lot of money joining them all, I doubt I would find the time to participate. This is my favourite site, and I rarely get the chance to enjoy the forums, there are so many, and all interesting. Maybe the owners of this site you mention, Karin, know that and are trying to get subscribers on board through bribery ! But like a magazine subscription, no matter how good the deal, if you haven't the time, the books will pile up in a corner, unread and collecting dust.

In the meantime, of course, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and why waste time with that ?: It's just spam ; delete and move on.

Have a great day !
Nancy Lynn


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Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 08:53
Member
English to Dutch
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Recruiting the bad way Oct 9, 2003

Karin Gartshore wrote:

I just received the following e-mail:

************
You will earn 5 Euros per new translator recruited

Dear Translator Colleague,

Did you hear about the member recruitment reward programme
of the translator
directory “***.com”?

I am a translator as well and I would like to invite you to
sign up for
their “just-12Euros-per-year” member tariff as they offer
an outstanding
service and as I will receive 5 Euros per new translator,
who signs up for
this new tariff.

Of course you can do like me and invite more translator
colleagues, so that
you can earn a couple of hundred Euros just like that, too.
With more than
80,000 translators on the Internet you can get very lucky.

Apart from that, it is worth making use of their site. It’s
certainly one of
the best and they offer a great service.

Important advice:

To earn as well money through this member recruitment
reward programme, you
need to first sign up for their “just-12Euros-per-year”
tariff.

This reward programme is absolutely new, so if you invite
your colleagues
now(!) by e-mail or else, you will have most success. As I
said, there are
about 80,000 translators on the Internet. Imagine, if you
could contact them
all and your success rate of the invitations is at 10%, how
much you would
earn. I’d say: May the most convincing and fastest
translator gain the lot.

I would be very grateful if you could thank me for this
advice by mentioning
my e-mail address as “subject” when transferring your 12
Euro member fee to
***.com either by ***.com, ***Pal
or bank transfer.

Please fill in the subject box when transferring like
this:

1) your-e-mail@yahoo.com, 2) emailsendersname@hotmail.com

My congratulations if you earn more through this reward
programme than me.

I wish you lot’s of success.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen ***
MA
*********************

My immediate reaction was negative, especially since they are urging translators to pay upfront to join the site
(which, IMO, has a funny smell about it, especially since it uses the 'snowball' system to generate cash). Also, the sender's English is a little questionable. Did anyone else get this?



Yes, I received the same one. From a hotmail address and from a person with the most common last name in China.

Sender simply hopes to earn a few bob/extra bucks.
The good thing is that the commission you're supposed to pay to the site owners (9% of net invoice amount if you're not a paying member) is 'only' due within ten days after the job was received.
If someone can lead me to companies that actually pay within ten days, feel free to contact me.

I just wonder where he obtained our e-mail addresses.


[Edited at 2003-10-09 16:48]


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:53
English to German
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Full quote = maximum exposure Oct 9, 2003

Folks,
Would you mind editing your posts, so as to exclude that person's contact details?

Cheers, Ralf

PS Ooops, sorry, I just saw e-mail links... thanks for the thought!

[Edited at 2003-10-09 16:58]


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jmml
Germany
Local time: 08:53
English to Spanish
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Hmmmm... as Marge Simpson would say Oct 9, 2003

It sounds too good and easy to be true. I think it is just an improved and more accurately targeted form of spam. It would be no surprise to find similar messages aimed at other professional categories. How do these people get our email adresses?

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:53
English to Spanish
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Just blow it away. Oct 9, 2003

Classic Spam. I also got it and just blew it away. Our e-mail addresses are there for all to see, but we don't have to bite.

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Karin Walker  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:53
German to English
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TOPIC STARTER
Never! Oct 9, 2003

Henry Hinds wrote:

Classic Spam. I also got it and just blew it away. Our e-mail addresses are there for all to see, but we don't have to bite.


Believe me, I wasn't about to reply... And as for where they get our e-mail addresses, I've long stopped wondering


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Lucinda  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:53
Member (2002)
Dutch to English
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Sounds a bit like a pyramid scheme Oct 9, 2003

Don't know, Karin, there is a whiff of the old pyramid scheme there. You recruit folks. If you have recruited me then I can recruit others and also make lots of money. a

And very, very soon both of us and others are out of options and of course our money shelled out upfront.

Seems fishy. I would stay away.

Lucinda


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Suzanne Blangsted  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:53
Danish to English
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Pyramid scheme Oct 10, 2003

I got that one too, and threw it out. The only ones who will make any money from this is the first 10-20 people, and then your e-mail and others too are up for grabs.

This appears to be a pyramid scheme.


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 09:53
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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I deleted without reading it Oct 10, 2003

... as I do with most mails these days. This was so obvious, but what about those mails from "Microsoft" with socalled security updates? Do others get them too? I get half a dozen each day.
Someone should invent something to stop spam, otherwise we have to go back to snail-mail soon.


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Will Matter  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:53
English
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chain letter, pyramid scheme, scam Oct 10, 2003

agree 100%.

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NancyLynn
Canada
Local time: 02:53
Member (2002)
French to English
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MODERATOR
Heinrich Oct 10, 2003

Heinrich Pesch wrote:

what about those mails from \"Microsoft\" with socalled security updates? Do others get them too? I get half a dozen each day.
Someone should invent something to stop spam, otherwise we have to go back to snail-mail soon.


Heinrich, this is a virus. It is not Microsoft, they never send attacvhments. Go to their website and read what they have posted there on this very subject.

Meanwhile it looks as if your policy of deleting without reading may have saved you a nasty virus. Good for you !

Nancy


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