Suspect applications
Thread poster: farolingo

Local time: 08:22
German to English
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Feb 17, 2011

Hi there,

has anyone been receiving what appear to be bogus applications for work with attached CVs from googlemail/gmail addresses on a fairly regular basis recently?

I haven't opened the attachments for obvious reasons. Initially, I completely forgot about the first application, but then my suspicions were aroused when I received a second one from a "completely different" person with very similar wording. I have since received three more. It's very strange, because I rarely use that e-mail address anymore, although it is the one i'm still registered here with.

Best regards

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Natalie  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:22
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Hi clwydian Feb 17, 2011

Please take a look at the Scams forum:

You will certainly find there many interesting information on the subject.


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Alex Lago  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:22
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Poor idiots buying email databases Feb 17, 2011

At a guess I would say it is some poor idiots that have bought one of those "List of Translation Agency emails" that are sold, the idea is you buy a list of emails supposedly belonging to translation agencies and you send them your CV.

I guess the idiots that buy them are the same idiots that think that this kind of mass approach to finding translation work (regardless of the Agency's and your characteristics/specialty/etc) works.

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Local time: 08:22
German to English
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Wow Feb 18, 2011

Thanks Alex. I thought it must have been something like that. Didn't know that such lists were available for purchase! Seems strange that my old e-mail address is on one though...

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Michal Glowacki  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:22
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Not buying, I think. Feb 18, 2011

I'm guessing this has something to do with this:
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Got it today, haven't looked into it. But that's my guess.

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