Culinary Herbs - just an overpayment scam
Thread poster: Iryna Koshulap

Iryna Koshulap  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:24
English to Ukrainian
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Oct 25, 2011

Hi everyone,

There are at least two translators who have been translating the book by M.G.Kains 'Culinary Herbs' just to receive checks for the amount that's much higher than requested. No need to say the addresses on the check and envelope do not match the ''outsourcer's'' info, and yes, it's an outright scam. I wouldn't be surprised if there were other people who are working on the same translation right now, maybe even in a different language pair (ours was English to Russian), so this is a word of warning.

If you've seen anyone asking a KudoZ question that sounded like from a book on culinary herbs, you may also want to attract that person's attention to this post.

Internet Crime Complaint next, I do hope there's no one else who'd need to join us for this.

Warm regards,


Michael Grant
Local time: 04:24
Japanese to English
Is the suspicious client a Proz user/member? Oct 26, 2011

Out of curiosity, do you know if the alleged scammer in this case is a Proz user/member?


Yuki Okada  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:24
Member (2007)
English to Japanese
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I was also contacted for English - Japanese Oct 26, 2011

Glad you brought it up. This person, who claims to be a translator himself, contacted me. I could not find him on the ProZ directory or anywhere, and the address that he gave me after I asked for it is in downtown Miami with restaurants, etc. - no resident-looking buildings.

It seemed suspicious, so I asked for a partial payment in advance. He got back to me a day later saying that would be fair, and his lawyer would contact me. I did not hear from the "lawyer."

I just wonder what his intention was.



Iryna Koshulap  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:24
English to Ukrainian
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Is the suspicious client a Proz user/member? Oct 26, 2011

No, they aren't a ProZ member, but they contacted me via my proZ profile. That's why I brought it up here.


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