New Scam Received Through ProZ
Thread poster: Paul Dixon

Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 06:24
Portuguese to English
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Jun 6, 2010

I have received what seems to be a new scam through my ProZ account. Has anyone else received anything like this, and how can I avoid this problem? I have left out the name but included the IP number as this may help to establish if this is a scam or not. I have already blocked the IP number but is that enough?

"You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: xxxxx Author's Profile: http://www.proz.com/profile/xxxxxxx
Author's IP address: 41.214.120.152

Hello Dear,

My name is xxxxx, I got your contact at (www.proz.com) details and I'm interested in knowing you & being friendly with you. I would appreciate if we get acquainted as soon as possible, you can reach me through my private e-mail stated below so that we can get to know each
other better.

My e-mail (xxxxx@hotmail.com)

I quite believe that we can start from here since it takes one to know someone. I want you to understand that race or distance does not matter but loving and caring matters a lot
in life. I look forward to hear from you soonest.so that i will be able to send you my photo

Yours truly,
xxxxx."


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:24
French to German
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Not new, Paul... Jun 6, 2010

This one has been around for some time. I received a similar e-mail at least twice, which was dully reported to ProZ.com staff who removed the profile.

Et voilà !


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:24
Member (2000)
Russian to English
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Spam reporting link should be included with message Jun 6, 2010

I have had some of these forwarded to me. They come with a link to click on to report them as spam. Click on it and you will get an acknowledgement from ProZ staff.
That's really all you need to do apart from deleting it from your computer afterwards.


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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:24
Swedish to English
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Nothing new under the moon Jun 6, 2010

But you might need better spam filters.

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Evonymus (Ewa Kazmierczak)  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 09:24
Member (2010)
English to Polish
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spam Jun 6, 2010

Madeleine MacRae Klintebo wrote:

But you might need better spam filters.



Madeleine, this type of messages are sent via proz profiles, so IMO no spam filter will help here. Somebody creates a fake profile to send these messages. I received the same one as Paul and submitted a support ticket. Apparently the proz staff follows this problem - they deleted the fake profile.
regards
Ewa


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:24
French to German
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IP Jun 6, 2010

Evonymus (Ewa Kazmierczak) wrote:

Madeleine, this type of messages are sent via proz profiles, so IMO no spam filter will help here. Somebody creates a fake profile to send these messages. I received the same one as Paul and submitted a support ticket. Apparently the proz staff follows this problem - they deleted the fake profile.
regards
Ewa


And the IP address provided by Paul strikes a chord... This would be the nth attempt made by the same person(s) to "get in touch" with ProZ.com users.


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Oleksandr Kupriyanchuk  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 10:24
Russian to English
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Don't reply, otherwise you'll end up in spammer's DBs Jun 6, 2010

Paul Dixon wrote:

I have received what seems to be a new scam through my ProZ account. Has anyone else received anything like this, and how can I avoid this problem? I have left out the name but included the IP number as this may help to establish if this is a scam or not. I have already blocked the IP number but is that enough?



Do not reply to such messages, otherwise you will end up in spammer's data bases. Your address is safe unless you reply...


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Paula Borges  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 06:24
Member (2010)
English to Portuguese
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I received the same e-mail yesterday Jun 7, 2010

But I don't need to "get friendly" with anyone at the moment, so I just deleted it.

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Mohamed Mehenoun  Identity Verified
Algeria
Local time: 09:24
Member (2008)
English to French
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Nothing new ! Jun 7, 2010

I received one few months ago...just report it to the staff...It's not something to worry about, just don't reply to the email...

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Enrique Cavalitto
Local time: 05:24
SITE STAFF
Wiki page started on this subject Jun 14, 2010

A ProZ.com Wiki articles was started on the issue of Detecting and reacting to false job offers and other scams.

You are welcome and encouraged to add to this article to create a resource that will help translators in this subject area.

Kind regards,
Enrique


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