I have just received an email, asking for my interpreting services for 10 days in December, 2006 to help the sender’s wife, still a Reverend, to do some shopping when they visit Greer, SC, of all the places! Of course, the wife is Spanish-speaking (EN>ES is still my pair, as stated on the ATA website), and still a Reverend. As usual, the email offers to pay in advance (to later cancel the assignment and request a partial refund; as usual, the advanced check will be bogus, but the refund check will be good, letting the interpreter out in the cold.) I am still told to remain blessed per the signature line.
The only new thing, other than a somewhat improved English, is that the email apparently comes from an administrator from an apparently legit Nigerian university and attaches a link to the website of said university. The purported sender of the email (at least, his last name) is listed on that website as an administrator. However, the administrator’s e-mail address, per the website, seems legit, [initials of the administrator]@[name of the U.].edu.ng, while the e-mail address from where I received the message is [name(actually nickname + partial last name)]@yahoo.com
I was temped to write the U., warning them about the scam, but I decided I wasn't sure even that the website was legit. Answering emails from criminals such as scammers is not an advisable thing to do.
I am sure that most of ATA’s members have received this type of emails in the past. Yet, if somebody is still unaware of these scams, I wanted them to know about them.
Please, be careful. Greetings from the international vacation spot of Greer, SC,
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