Another "Translate a Book" Scam
Thread poster: Fikrija Skarep

Fikrija Skarep
Canada
Local time: 12:48
English to Serbian
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Oct 9, 2011

Dear colleagues,

I got this email a couple of days ago from an unregistered user: "Hi, I have a translation job from English to Serbian. Please are you free to undertake the job. thanks."

When I agreed to translate the material, I was asked to provide my address and phone number. I sent an Agreement to be electronically signed (containing my previous address, because I wan't sure if the offer was genuine), and only received a response that they would "fill it out and send". It was only 3-4 lines they were supposed to fill out, and that is when I guessed that something was wrong.

After I had reminded them to send the signed Agreement back to me and that I couldn't start until the Agreement is received and the client's ID confirmed, they answered: "Won't forget and please send yours too". They never wrote their name in the email, although there was a (fake) name associated with the email address.

Then I looked up the IP address: it was from Lagos, Nigeria. The name in Properties/Details of the Word document lead me to a number of pages on the internet with this same guy from Lagos. (I even have a copy of that guy's resume.) I already contacted Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

I do understand that he might have entered someone else's name into his computer (the name in the Properties). However, it might be that guy, as well.

Can ProZ.com send a message to all registered translators about this kind of scams, because, I really wasn't familiar with swindlers targeting translators (until I read about so many similar situations here)?

Take care,
Fikrija



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Ewa Olszowa  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 12:48
Polish to English
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Contacted more people Oct 11, 2011

I was contacted with the same message from the Nigeria based email regarding translation into Polish. The email was suspicious so I turned them down and have not heard from them since then.

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