Spot the scam: an educational example
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Neil Coffey  Identity Verified
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Aug 6, 2011

It's a reasonably regular topic here, but I thought I'd highlight this real-life example as educational practice. See how many "telltale" signs you can spot:

http://french-linguistics-dev.blogspot.com/2011/08/spot-scam.html


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Werner Maurer  Identity Verified
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0.50 Euro/wd Aug 6, 2011

Wow! Half a Euro per word! Where do I sign up?

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Werner Maurer  Identity Verified
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Easy Aug 6, 2011

The example has far more than the usual number of telltale signs. It's overflowing with them. I don't feel like counting them. I've seen scams where I had to look long and hard for a red flag (but eventually found it).

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This is fun Aug 6, 2011

Irealistic project to be translated by a freelance translator into several languages, without project details and company data, plus typing and grammar errors and an address in Nigeria.
14 or 15 red flags (posting this on a Saturday might be right).

Remember: scams always contain flattery and exaggerations, this is part of the scammers' culture: big is beautiful and more credible. Translators are called Doctors or Dear Friends, projects always have several hundreds of thousands of words, payment will be soon and promises are sky-high.


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