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Thread poster: Theo Bernards
Theo Bernards  Identity Verified
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Oct 4, 2010

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You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: 'xxxxxxxxx'
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 175.xx.xx.170
Message type: Other
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i need your mail address.
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I find this a peculiar way of contacting translators, especially while the current search facilities on Proz and beyond offer so many more ways to locate my email address... Any thoughts, anyone?


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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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Try giving the person a free account mail Oct 4, 2010

The message you received sounds a bit fishy, but if I were in your shoe, I would give the sender my freemail account just in case that the sender is not trying to scam you or phish you. And if s/he turns out to be inquiring you about a job (of course, you should exchange a few emails), and if that person seems reliable and trustworthy, then give him/her your usual business email account. Better safe than sorry.

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Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
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Just ignore it Oct 4, 2010

Provide your e-mail address to receive tons spam.

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Theo Bernards  Identity Verified
France
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Thank you Yasutomo Oct 4, 2010

I kind of gathered that. And thank you, too, Stanislav, for the spam warning. All my business details are in the public domain (my website, legal requirements here in France demand that certain information is visible when offering services via a website) and I refuse to delete them from my email signature every time I respond to a prospect, new client or any business inquiry: there is such a thing as too paranoid as far as I am concerned, which is bad for business. Besides, I use hotmail for my on-line activities, which seems to filter out most junk fairly efficiently.

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