Dear colleagues and nevertheless friends:
I have just received a very fishy proposal. Please read the messages below (personal information ommited). To me this looks like scam or money laundering. Be vigilant!
The original message:
You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: Just a first name
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: nn.nn.nn.nn
I would like a quote to translate this blog below to
www.name of a blog about boat motors
2 weeks deadline.
I have a budget of $200 to $250.
Thank you for responding
kindly add me to yahoo messenger so we can chat as well.
skype: A skype ID
Thank you very much for your message.
Although I would be more than happy to examine this matter in more detail, given that you are in the US and will probably want to sell your products in the American market, may I suggest that you look for an US-based Spanish translator?
The fishy part, his reply:
Thank you very much for the quick response.
That was very professional.
The Motors also would be sold in Spain and internationally,so it is not necessarily US based spanish.
I really need someone in Spain.
I am in Africa and design blogs, freelance though.
I got someone who needs one in Translated to Spanish.
I have charged a total of $1,800 for the design job.
I have a budget of $200 to $300 for the translation job.
But i have a little problem about payment here.
He has opted to pay by paypal and that does not work here.
The blog to be translated is www.name of the blog
So i would like to solicit for your help here in assisting me in receiving the total of $1800 and deduct $200 for your quote and further job i would send you in the future,and send me the balance.
Kindly get back to me now with your paypal id if this arrangement can be done by you.
So i can instruct him to forward payment to you now.
Thank you for your anticipated help and co-operation.
First name and surname