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feels and smells like a scam

SEA-words  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:16
Partial member (2011)
English to Italian
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Me too! Aug 23, 2010

I received the same e-mail by a self-proclamed Kathy Morgan. I replied and she said she would pay by check in USD, with a 50% in advance.
What really made me suspicious was that in the signature she wrote an UK address, but in the body mail wrote "Here in the US..."

It's the first time I receive such a targeted scam (she mentioned English to Italian translation, which is my only translation pair). Jeez! The web is going rotten.


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merciful_d
Local time: 23:16
English to Italian
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katyhy morgan strikes back Aug 23, 2010

I have received it yesterday. It looked quite weird, especially because "she" sent it to an email address completely different from mine.
I hoped someone finally would offer me a job... unfortunately not the case

Morning,
How are you doing today and can you take a translation job right now,here is the document attached with this email and let me know how much you charge per words.I want it translated from English to Italian but you should be able to finish in 4 weeks time and i hope to get a discount,awaits your mail soon.

Regards.


Kathy Morgan,
Fleming Road,
Liverpool
Merseyside,
L24 9LS,
UK.


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Sara Maghini  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:16
Member (2010)
English to Italian
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NADIA: GOT EXACTLY THE SAME EMAIL Aug 23, 2010

Nadia, I got exactly the same email, even though I had already told them to leave me alone, and that I would report their fraud to the police if they kept bothering me. I have now told them AGAIN, let's hope this stops.

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matteo brambilla  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 23:16
English to Italian
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Got it, too Aug 23, 2010

I got the same email yesterday

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Livia Seniuc  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 23:16
Member (2005)
English to Romanian
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same here Aug 23, 2010

Unbelievable!... No comment.

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srambaud
Italy
Local time: 23:16
Italian to French
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anch'io! Aug 23, 2010

I got the same e-mail from "Kathy Morgan"!

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Consuelo Caoduro  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 23:16
English to Italian
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Me too Aug 23, 2010

Got the "Kathy Morgan" message yesterday.
After quoting I received the same message reported by Nadia Mari.

I would like to report another "odd" request received on Aug 18:

Sender : AIKMAN FARKUS (draliufaruk@gmail.com)
Recipient : Consuelo Caoduro (consueloc@netanday.it)
Attachment : --- ---

Subject : GoTranslators - TRANSLATOR NEEDED

Dear Sir/Ma,

I would want to employ your service in helping me to translate a

21,000 words on Arts project from English to Italy.

Let me know if you are available and how much it would cost.

Best regards,
Aikman Farkus.

After quoting I received a request for info (normally found in a CV), after that I did not receive any reply.

Consuelo


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xxxElena Negro
Local time: 23:16
Portuguese to Italian
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Same email from Aikman Farkus Aug 24, 2010

Hi everybody,
got the same email of Consuelo:

Sender : AIKMAN FARKUS (draliufaruk@gmail.com)
Recipient : Elena Negro (fede712@hotmail.it)
Attachment : --- ---

Subject : GoTranslators - TRANSLATOR NEEDED

Dear Sir/Ma,

I would want to employ your service in helping me to translate a

21,000 words on Arts project from English to Italy.

Let me know if you are available and how much it would cost.

Best regards,
Aikman Farkus.

It was strange and he also sent me attached the document to translate, pretending to know my address. And then let's see this sentence: from English to Italy??? I don't know what to say...it's something horrible!

Elena


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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:16
Member (2005)
German to English
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Possible explanations Aug 24, 2010


Angie Garbarino wrote:
Strange that it was direct (not through my profile) as my email is not visible in the web.

However same text as above.

Angie: Possible explanation: you have 2 visible email addresses in your ATA entry.
Another possible explanation: Other people with whom you are in email contact may have your email address in their address books. If their PCs become infected with a virus, it can extract such addresses and send emails to them (or send the list of addresses to the person who controls the virus).

Oliver


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Enrique Cavalitto
Local time: 18:16
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Beware of "chain emails" Aug 24, 2010


Angie Garbarino wrote:
Strange that it was direct (not through my profile) as my email is not visible in the web.

However same text as above.


Hi Angio,

Another possible mechanism: every now and then we all receive "chain emails" about some alleged danger or worthy cause with a plea to send it to all your friends. These usually are devices used to "harvest" email addresses that are later compiled and sold to spammers and scammers.

Regards,
Enrique


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Manuela Ferrari  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:16
Member (2006)
English to Italian
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bank transfer Aug 24, 2010

Hi everyone!

I also received the famous email by Aikman Farkus, and we exchanged a couple of emails in which I gave him a quote and he accepted and wanted me to work on his "History of Art" text (which he had sent me with a previous email). Then he said he would pay me the full amount in advance (which was already suspicious as I had never heard of anyone paying the full amount in advance!) and he wanted to send me a cheque.
I wrote back saying that a bank transfer would be much easier and the most sensible payment option, because it would save us both a lot of hassle and I also asked him for the second time about his details. His reply was "I QUIT", which I found (again!) very suspicious (a reputable agency/client would elaborate a bit more, I think!). The obvious reason was that it wouldn't have served his purpose.

I don't consider myself as naive and I can safely say that I would never fall for the "cheque with the higher amount and me having to send money back" scam, but it just goes to show how easy it is for these people to "infiltrate" our lives and our businesses.

Beware of these scammers and good luck to everyone!

Manu


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Antonio Chiliberti
Italy
Local time: 23:16
English to Italian
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scam Aug 25, 2010


Alessandra Maggiora wrote:


Francesco Toscano wrote:

Morning,
牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋 How are you doing today and can you take a translation job right now,here is the document attached with this email and let me know how much you charge per words.I want it translated from English to Italian but you should be able to finish in 4 weeks time and i hope to get a discount,awaits your mail soon.

Regards.


Kathy Morgan,
Fleming Road,
Liverpool
Merseyside,
L24 9LS,
UK.


Stessa mail, ma mi sono accorta che era una fregatura dopo aver mandato il preventivo! Novellina... Beh ma cosa possono fare? Basta non rispondere più no?


Ci sono cascato anche io da buon novellino! mi è successo due giorni fa. Cosa potrebbe succedere se abbiamo fornito i nostri dati?

antonio


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Hugo  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:16
Member (2007)
English to French
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if it looks like Aug 25, 2010

a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's a duck!

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ceciliadv  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:16
English to Italian
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Same here Aug 26, 2010

Got the same e-mail a few days ago... I didn't bother as it looked really dodgy. These scammers think they're clever, using the same e-mail address over and over again!!!

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Sender : AIKMAN FARKUS (draliufaruk@gmail.com)


Dear Sir/Ma,

I would want to employ your service in helping me to translate a

21,000 words on Arts project from English to Italy.

Let me know if you are available and how much it would cost.

Best regards,
Aikman Farkus.


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Spain
Member (2003)
French to Italian
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Your are right Aug 26, 2010


Oliver Walter wrote:
Angie: Possible explanation: you have 2 visible email addresses in your ATA entry.
Another possible explanation: Other people with whom you are in email contact may have your email address in their address books. If their PCs become infected with a virus, it can extract such addresses and send emails to them (or send the list of addresses to the person who controls the virus).

Oliver


I forgot those visible email adresses, yes...

Thanks Enrique this is also a possible reason

Thanks for your replies

Angio


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