Scam received over Proz with non-existing Proz profile
Thread poster: Rolf Kern

Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 23:43
English to German
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Oct 6, 2010

I just received the folowing e-mail:

Sie haben eine Nachricht über ProZ.com erhalten.
Absender: mendoza1 Profil des Absenders: http://www.proz.com/profile/1307882
IP-Adresse des Absenders: 41.202.91.227
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Donation
MY Name is madam laran mendoza A British citizen but
married to a Filipino man an international Business man and
former presidential candidate in Philippine before the
current President,Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Aroyo.

My husband was in the cabinet of formal President, Joseph
Estrada before he was poisoned which resulted his death,
dated: 12th.Febuary 2007.

I inherited a total sum of $10.4m USD. my late husband,
this money which i have decided to donate to you in a
metallic trunk box and deposited with a security and finance
company in abroad, due to my illness and weakness i have
decided to donate this money to you and your community.

I want After you have received the trunk box of money from
the security company then you help donate some of the fund
to your community and you manage the rest as it is.

Thanks and Remain bless
Madam laran mendoza
my mail is( laran.mendoza@yahoo.fr)

N.B.
1; I will like this transaction to be very confidential.
2; you have to send me your direct phone and fax number


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Janko Mesić  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:43
Member (2011)
Spanish to Croatian
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same old scam.... Oct 6, 2010

Well, its always the same old story... Needless to say, don't even bother with replying, except maybe to tell this "Madam laran mendoza" to kindly go and die.

I would also recommend a very funny and informative website about this type of scams - 419eater.com


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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:43
Member (2005)
English to Japanese
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Should be Oct 6, 2010

Arroyo, with a double "r".

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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:43
Italian to English
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Probably already dealt with by staff Oct 6, 2010

I expect someone else received the same message, reported it and the staff had already deleted the profile by the time you tried to look at it, Rolf.

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Woodstock  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 23:43
German to English
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I received a scam e-mail via Proz Oct 6, 2010

just now, as well: The old I-need-your-interpreting-services-for three-days-while-on-business-in-Xcountry. Yawn. And I'm not even an interpreter. Sent the spam report immediately to Proz. This is really getting out of hand, lately. I wish ProZ could introduce some kind of control to stop it, at least from letting non-registered, non-logged-in users send e-mails through the website. Very tiresome business.

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Lucia Leszinsky
SITE STAFF
Reporting email spam/scams/phishing and setting profile message preferences Oct 6, 2010

Hello all,

Remember you can report any abuse or email spam/scams/phishing through your ProZ.com mail service via the support system. Just remember to add a copy of the message received, including headers, to help support staff handle the problem more efficiently.

Or else, if you are receiving these messages in the form of a profile message, simply click on the link next to the "Unsolicited advertising? Spam? click here" line at the bottom of the email you receive in your email inbox. And, if you receive them as an instant message, simply 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.

Then, also remember that you can set your profile message preferences here. So, if you do not want to receive profile messages from non-logged-in site visitors, just select the "Allow only ProZ.com users who are logged in to send me messages via my profile" option and click on "Update" at the bottom of the page to save your preferences.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,

Lucia


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Woodstock  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 23:43
German to English
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Good point Oct 7, 2010

Lucia Leszinsky wrote:

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Then, also remember that you can set your profile message preferences here. So, if you do not want to receive profile messages from non-logged-in site visitors, just select the "Allow only ProZ.com users who are logged in to send me messages via my profile" option and click on "Update" at the bottom of the page to save your preferences...



Thanks for that information, Lucia. Either I wasn't aware of it or had forgotten about it. Either way, I immediately changed my settings to the option not permitting non-logged in ProZ users to contact me. That should take care of the problem nicely.


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