request for info from company - I'm wary
Thread poster: Jeannie Graham

Jeannie Graham  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:30
German to English
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Jul 9, 2003

Hi
did anyone else receive an email from a company called ATS Ltd asking for a translation quote into many languages? I am a little suspicious as their address is a PO Box and their email is a yahoo one! I actually replied asking for further details including their website, but they told me it was under construction.
I have actually declined to offer a quote until they can provide me with more details about their company.
It's not just a matter of issuing prices, but it is quite an extensive quote they require for 10 languages and back into English as well as quotes for Quark formatting and detailed price breakdown!

Am I being overly suspicious here?

Jeannie


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Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 17:30
Member
English to Dutch
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Did you check the Blue Board? Jul 9, 2003

If this particular company doesn't figure on the BB yet, simply enter the coordinates of the company at

http://www.proz.com/?sp=agency_rate&action=add_agency&viewPage=add

Chances are someone will reply with useful info.

Good luck!


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Egmont
Spain
Local time: 17:30
Afrikaans to Spanish
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ATS Jul 9, 2003

kalimeh wrote:

Hi
did anyone else receive an email from a company called ATS Ltd asking for a translation quote into many languages? I am a little suspicious as their address is a PO Box and their email is a yahoo one! I actually replied asking for further details including their website, but they told me it was under construction.
I have actually declined to offer a quote until they can provide me with more details about their company.
It's not just a matter of issuing prices, but it is quite an extensive quote they require for 10 languages and back into English as well as quotes for Quark formatting and detailed price breakdown!

Am I being overly suspicious here?

Jeannie
Web Site: http://www.ats-translations.com
Address: 53 Queen's Gardens
City: London
Phone Number: 00442074022571
Fax Number: 00442074027175


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Egmont
Spain
Local time: 17:30
Afrikaans to Spanish
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Maybe... Jul 9, 2003

alkvw wrote:

kalimeh wrote:

Hi
did anyone else receive an email from a company called ATS Ltd asking for a translation quote into many languages? I am a little suspicious as their address is a PO Box and their email is a yahoo one! I actually replied asking for further details including their website, but they told me it was under construction.
I have actually declined to offer a quote until they can provide me with more details about their company.
It's not just a matter of issuing prices, but it is quite an extensive quote they require for 10 languages and back into English as well as quotes for Quark formatting and detailed price breakdown!

Am I being overly suspicious here?

Jeannie
Web Site: http://www.ats-translations.com
Address: 53 Queen's Gardens
City: London
Phone Number: 00442074022571
Fax Number: 00442074027175
...


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 17:30
English to German
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Listed on the Blue Board Jul 9, 2003

The company you mention is listed on the Blue Board, yet without any ratings so far (I issued a request).

Best, Ralf


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Michele Johnson  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 17:30
German to English
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WHOIS results - perhaps useful for you. Jul 9, 2003

If www.ats-translations.com is really their web address, maybe the whois lookup information will be useful for you in deciding if they're legit or not. I'd be inclined to give the tech/admin contacts a quick call:

Registrant:
ATS Translations Services (ATSTRANS857)
15 King Street
Covent Garden
LONDON, , WC2E 8HN
GB

Domain name: ats-translations.com

Technical contact:
Webb, Jeffrey (JW602)
UKIP (Internet Consultants) Limited
PO Box 911

Preston, , Lancashire PR4 5PS
UK
internet@ukip.co.uk
Fax:

Administrative contact:
Hyseni, Afrim (AH236)
Conrad Executive Language Training
15 King Street

Covent Garden, , London WC2E 8HN
UK
ats2@COMPUSERVE.COM
+44 20 7 240 6064 Fax: +44 20 7 836 4622

Record created: 2003-04-07 09:05:17
Record last updated: 2003-05-07 13:52:02
Record expires: 2006-09-14 13:48:00


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airmailrpl  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 13:30
Member (2005)
English to Portuguese
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whois search?? Jul 10, 2003

how does one do a whois search??

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nettranslatorde
Russian to German
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ATS does not exist any longer! Jul 18, 2003

[/quote]Web Site: http://www.ats-translations.com
Address: 53 Queen's Gardens
City: London
Phone Number: 00442074022571
Fax Number: 00442074027175 [/quote]

In January 2003, I received a message from Gus Long, formerly production manager at ATS, that ATS merged with Cicero. Here you can read about this merger: http://www.cicero.co.uk/news.htm#merge


Kerstin


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Cicero
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:30
Member (2008)
Japanese to English
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Cicero merged with ATS Jul 21, 2003

That is correct, Cicero Languages International merged with ATS in December last year.

We also received the same quotation request from this "new" ATS and also noted the Yahoo e-mail address.

When receiving e-mails with address from such providers, it is generally our policy to ask them for company details including phone number etc. If they reply, which in over 80% of cases they do not, then we would call them to discuss their needs.

Best wishes

Didier


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