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Has anybody received the following message? (Nigerian scam)
Thread poster: Yasutomo Kanazawa

Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:18
Mar 9, 2010

Today, I received the following message from a person calling himself John Liam, a barrister.

Below is the content of the message:

Good Day

It may surprise you receiving this letter from me, since there
was no previous correspondence between us. My name is John Liam, a
Malaysian national and personal Attorney to my late client.

My purpose of contacting you is for you to help secure the funds
left behind by my late client, to avoid it being confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the Bank; this funds is valued ($US
5,900,000.00) Five Million Nine Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars deposited by him before his death.

The Bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin or the
account will be declared unserviceable and the fund diverted to
the Bank treasury. Despite all efforts to get a hold of someone
related to this man has proved futile; hence, I contacted you.

I am actually asking for your consent to present you to the Bank
as the Next of Kin/beneficiary of my late client's funds, since
you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account
can be paid to your account, then we can share the fund on a
mutually agreed percentage.

All the legal documentations to back up your claims as my
client's Next of Kin, I shall provided them. All I require is your
honest cooperation to enable us achieve this transaction.

The intended transaction will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any infraction of the law.
However, if this business proposition offends your moral ethics,
do accept my sincere apology. If on the contrary you wish to
achieve this goal with me, kindly get back to me here
(xxx@gmail.com) for more details.

Hope to hear from you soon

Kindest Regards,
Barr. John Liam
(LLB Hons.)

WATCH OUT, GUYS!

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2010-03-10 13:03 GMT]


 

Vincenzo Di Maso  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 20:18
Member (2009)
English to Italian
+ ...
normal Mar 9, 2010

Dear Yasutomo,
I receive many e-mails like this. They are classified as spam and I simply delete them.


 

Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:18
TOPIC STARTER
Yes, I know. Mar 9, 2010

Ciao Vincenzo,

I don't have to make a big deal out of it, but do you get spams like this addressed to only you, or to the Proz members?


 

Henry Dotterer
Local time: 15:18
SITE FOUNDER
If it was through ProZ.com, please notify site staff with a support ticket Mar 9, 2010

If you received this message through your ProZ.com profile, please notify ProZ.com staff via a support ticket. Thank you.

 

Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:18
TOPIC STARTER
Thank you, Henry. Mar 9, 2010

Henry D wrote:

If you received this message through your ProZ.com profile, please notify ProZ.com staff via a support ticket. Thank you.


Everything is in order. I already submitted a support ticket a few minutes ago.


 

amanda55
English to Finnish
+ ...
Scam Mar 9, 2010

There is one born every minute! When I was on a Dutch forum, I received two of these from "grieving widows", asking me to keep quiet about it. Both had to recover monies from their "late husband's estate or they would revert to the state " and these people were "really poor with young children". I reported both to the site owner and never heard from these "widows" again.

 

Magdalena Szewciów  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 21:18
Member (2008)
English to Polish
+ ...
well Mar 9, 2010

I was even asked to translate several letters of the same kind.icon_frown.gif

[Edited at 2010-03-09 15:55 GMT]


 

Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:18
TOPIC STARTER
Really? Mar 9, 2010

Magdalena Szewciów wrote:

I was even asked to translate several similar letters of the same kind.icon_frown.gif


That's an eye-opener. I thought these scams were usually written in poor English where these scammers didn't need any help from translators.

If I were asked to translate these kind of scams, maybe I should ask payment upfront.icon_razz.gif


 

Walter Landesman  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 16:18
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Nigerian scam Mar 9, 2010

This is the usual Nigerian scam. I receive many of them and very often.

Just delete them.


 

Vincenzo Di Maso  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 20:18
Member (2009)
English to Italian
+ ...
for Yasutomo Mar 9, 2010

Yasutomo Kanazawa wrote:

Ciao Vincenzo,

I don't have to make a big deal out of it, but do you get spams like this addressed to only you, or to the Proz members?
Ciao Yasutomo, proz.com has nothing to do with that in my case. It's the Nigerian scam, as Walter said.


 

RominaZ  Identity Verified
Argentina
English to Spanish
+ ...
Appropriate action has been taken. Mar 9, 2010

Dear all,

Thanks for reporting this. Appropriate action has been taken.

I take this opportunity to remind you that cases of Spam can and should be reported to the ProZ.com support center (as Yasutomo already did.)

If you are receiving Spam in the form of a profile message you simply have to click on the link next to
Unsolicited advertising? Spam? click here:
line at the bottom of the email you received in your email inbox.

If you are receiving Spam as an instant message you simply have to click on the "Report Spam" button at the bottom of the message.



In both cases a support request will be automatically generated containing all the necessary information ProZ.com support staff needs to take appropriate action.

Thanks!

Romina


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:18
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
A classical Nigerian letter! Mar 9, 2010

There is little else to say. Just do a search for "Nigerian scam" in the Internet and learn about it and its several forms (African officials, sons of former African officials, widows who want to donate all the money to the poor, etc. etc.). Simply click Delete and forget about it!

 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:18
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
A market niche? Mar 9, 2010

Yasutomo Kanazawa wrote:
Magdalena Szewciów wrote:
I was even asked to translate several similar letters of the same kind.icon_frown.gif

That's an eye-opener. I thought these scams were usually written in poor English where these scammers didn't need any help from translators.
If I were asked to translate these kind of scams, maybe I should ask payment upfront.icon_razz.gif

Perhaps this is an unexploited market niche. We translators are surely capable of supplying very good, selling, compelling translations of the letters and help these guys be more effective. Never thought of that!

I suggest that Proz.com reply to reported scams with a letter encouraging them to use the Job area to select quality translators for their documents.

A profitable business lies ahead, folks!


 

Magdalena Szewciów  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 21:18
Member (2008)
English to Polish
+ ...
Yasutomo Mar 9, 2010

When the first customer brought me this letter, I thought this would be just some regular mail. When I finished, I knew this was a scam. I was told by several people NOT to tell the customer anything as he/she would turn against me (well, perhaps I wanted the money... rriiiight....). Anyway, I didn't listen and told the guy what I knew/though, adding this would be his decision to go on or not. Surprisingly, he went on with it and brought another letter (next step?). Oh, I could see the dollar signs in his eyes and the kerching in his ears.icon_frown.gif Dunno what happened next though.

After that 2 or 3 other people came to translate similar letters (the 'evil' thing is that no CAT analysis says there's any similarity but you can see between the lines). I told all these people what I knew. The rest ... is up to them.


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:18
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Well done Mar 9, 2010

Magdalena wrote:
After that 2 or 3 other people came to translate similar letters (the 'evil' thing is that no CAT analysis says there's any similarity but you can see between the lines). I told all these people what I knew. The rest ... is up to them.

Well done. I would have done the same thing. I just cannot believe how blind can people get out of sheer greed.

[Edited at 2010-03-09 16:37 GMT]


 
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