Please help; could this be a scam?
Thread poster: Laurel Thompson

Laurel Thompson  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:29
Spanish to English
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Aug 13, 2019

Hello,

Sorry if this topic has been posted before.

Today a prospective client contacted me with a document to translate; so far, so good
The document is fairly straightforward, and I provided a quote based on number of words of source language.
They have provided a first and last name, but no company association, and they responded to my quote with the below:

Here is the note they sent me:
I quite agree with your price quote and I am
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Hello,

Sorry if this topic has been posted before.

Today a prospective client contacted me with a document to translate; so far, so good
The document is fairly straightforward, and I provided a quote based on number of words of source language.
They have provided a first and last name, but no company association, and they responded to my quote with the below:

Here is the note they sent me:
I quite agree with your price quote and I am willing to pay for your service.

This project is a research paper being sponsor for a seminar coming up soon,

so I would like to make an advance payment or make the full payment so you

know you have my job with you but the payment can only made by Check and is

Within the US only, do get back to me with the following payment information

in the format below.

1. Full Name to be written on the Check

2. Full Physical Address:

3. Mobile number

Your payment will be prepared once I have the requested details. Payment will

be received before you send the document. Get back to me asap

My question is could this be a scam of some kind? I don't know why I feel alert about this. Maybe because I only mentioned half payment down and they are offering payment in full up front. Does the info they ask for
make sense or could it be used to defraud me in some way? What info should i request to prove they are legitimate?
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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Member (2014)
Danish to English
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Yes, sounds like a typical scam Aug 14, 2019

Just search the Proz forums:

site:proz.com forum cheque scam


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Marco Belcastro Bara
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Laurel Thompson  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:29
Spanish to English
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TOPIC STARTER
Scam Aug 14, 2019

Thank you for your opinion, Thomas.

 

RobinB  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:29
German to English
Definitely a scam Aug 14, 2019

Laurel,

This is definitely a scam. Ignore and delete.

Robin


Laurel Thompson
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Hedwig Spitzer
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Yolanda Broad
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Teresa Borges
 

Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
Local time: 01:29
Romanian to English
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this is an old scam Aug 14, 2019

do not reply.

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Teresa Borges
IanDhu
 

Laurel Thompson  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:29
Spanish to English
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TOPIC STARTER
Definitely a scam Aug 14, 2019

Thank you Robin!

 

Joakim Braun  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 07:29
German to Swedish
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Rule of thumb Aug 14, 2019

If more than a couple of words are spent on payment details, it's a scam.

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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:29
German to English
Here's a tip Aug 14, 2019

If someone sends you a document out of the blue, use Google to check the first sentence. In many cases this will reveal the offer as a scam.

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IanDhu
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