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AhmedAMS  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 23:04
English to Arabic
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Mar 13, 2008

I have just received the following message from one of the Corporate Member thru Proz mail system.

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You have been sent a message via your ProZ.com page.
Author: kulaka004 (ProZ.com Member)
Author's Profile: http://www.proz.com/profile/820894
Author's IP address: 213.136.119.96
Message type: Other
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Miss Julie Aka,

julaka004@yahoo.com julaka0/0/4/at/yahoo/dot/com

In bringing this message to you, I have to say that I have
no intentions of causing you any personal pains or
discomfort.My name is Julie Aka ,24 years of age,living in
the company of my junior brother a native of Dabou in Cote
D'ivoire.

Our father before his death was a gold and cocoa merchant
before his death.For more details and if there is any
question do not hesitate to write and ask me through my
personal mail address above.

Also our father was also one of the casualties of the
invasion of the rebels,after their emergence in the capital
city,in some parts of the country, of which our hometown was
their stronghold. Since the killing of our father by the
rebels life had been miserable,and we had been living in
Abidjan,the capital city of ivory coast,in a church meant
as a camp for the displaced citizens of my country. The
most passionate of all is the existence of the rebels here
in this country since 19th september 2002.

Our mother died when I was just 12 years old,and since then
my father took me so special. Before his death on May 25
2005 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the
hospital and told him that he has the sum of Eight million
United State Dollars.(USD$8.000,000) left in a mettalic
trunk box being registered as family valuables.

I am just 24 years old and a high school drop out and
really don`t know what to do. This is because We have
suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant
political crisis in abidjan.The death of my father actually
brought sorrow to our life. During my escape,i manage on to
get on in my possesion the vital documents,that relate to
the consignment,and i have even called on the company for
confirmation.

We are in a sincere desire of your humble assistance
in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly
regarded.
Now permit us to ask these few questions:-

1. Can you honestly help us imagine we are your chlidren.
2. Can we completely trust you?
3. We have decided to offer you 15% of the total sum .
4. How can you assist us also in moving away from this
place.please get back to me on my personal email address.

Please,Consider this and get back to us as soon as
possible.

Thank you so much.
My sincere regards,

Julie Aka.
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The least to be said is that the message is the result of accepting empty member profiles posted in Proz.


[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2008-03-13 12:38]


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 21:04
English to German
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Offending profile removed Mar 13, 2008

Ahmed,
Thanks for reporting this. However, may I ask you to edit your posting by removing addresses? Thank you.


The least to be said is that the message is the result of accepting empty member profiles posted in Proz.

This was not an empty profile - in fact, the person behind this had purchased a membership.

ProZ.com support removed the profile immediately when they became aware of it - to accelerate this process, it is advisable to submit a Support Request to ProZ.com staff.

Regards,
Ralf


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:04
English to Arabic
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Suggestion made earlier Mar 13, 2008

Hi Ahmed -

Just a few minutes before you made your posting I posted the following suggestion http://www.proz.com/topic/99619 as I too had just received a similar message from another user.

Ralf wrote:

it is advisable to submit a Support Request to ProZ.com staff.


I realise that this may be the only way to proceed at the moment, but my opinion is that support requests should be reserved for individual problems encountered by individual Proz users. But I think there should be another solution (such as the one I suggested) when it's about a general issue such as this one.


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