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Thread poster: Helena Grahn

Helena Grahn  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:37
Member (2006)
English to Portuguese
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Nov 2, 2011

A cpl of days ago I rcvd an email from this person saying she was a student in the US. She needed her work translated from Eng into Por and wanted my rate and delivery time. I tld her I was busy with another project but is she could wait, I could have it done for next wk. She accpeted the price given and deadline and wrote me another email on the same day saying that her uncle in Greece would be sending me a cheque with the total amount to reassure me that I would not have any problems with being paid.

So far so good. Today I get another email from her.

Her email address is lbarbar02@gmail.com. It reads as follows..

How are you doing Helena?... I just got a message from my Uncle that
the check sent to you was for 2000Euro. He said his secretary made a
mistake about this; instead of the actual amount, she got him wrong;
thought my uncle said 2000Euro.Please kindly bear this with me and he
also said for the inconvenience and trust ahead about this that when
you cash the Check, you should take extra 20Euro for yourself. You
don't need to worry yourself about this as you will not have any
problem in anyway. I will tell you all you need to do with the Excess
money when you cash the Check or probably for another assignment. I
can wait until you cash it.
He just want to know how trusting you are. We are really sorry for
this and if not for the fact that the check have sent already. I want
you to try and keep eye on it and let me know when you receive it ok.
Thanks for the trust and understanding.
Kind Regards.
Laura.

It is obvious that this is a scam and I want to see if this cheque is really showing up by post. Anyway, I do not think I am cashing anything as this does not seem real at all.


 

Chris Dawe  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:37
Portuguese to English
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Old well-worn ploy Nov 2, 2011

I wouldn't touch it with a barge-pole. Looks to have been penned from a Scamming Ops centre in Lagos! Steer well clear.icon_biggrin.gif

 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:37
Hebrew to English
419 Nov 2, 2011

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Sarai73  Identity Verified
English to Swedish
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Same thing just happened to me Nov 2, 2011

It's just happened to me too

Yesterday I was contacted by the same Laura Barber, mentioned above, using the e-mail address of lbarbar02@gmail.com. She sent me the same ''assignment'' mentioned under ''New Student Scam'' on this forum, about adolescense and sexual development (rather poorly written) and asked for a quote. When I asked her to confirm whether or not she wanted the document translated into Swedish, she omitted a response, but was quick to tell me that I could trust her (why whould you stress this if you were trustworthy?) and that she wanted to OK the quote with her uncle first. She then suggested she'd send a cheque, just as in above examples. I said I'd provide her with half the translation and if we were both happy, then I'd cash the cheque and complete the next half. I had a slightly odd feeling about the whole proposal however, which was further emphasised when this e-mail arrived today:

''I just got a message from my Uncle that the
check sent to you was for 2000Euro. He said his secretary made a
mistake about this; instead of the actual amount, she got him wrong;
thought my uncle said 2000Euro.Please kindly bear this with me and he
also said for the inconvenience and trust ahead about this that when
you cash the Check, you should take extra 20Euro for yourself. You
don't need to worry yourself about this as you will not have any
problem in anyway. I will tell you all you need to do with the Excess
money when you cash the Check or probably for another assignment. I
can wait until you cash it.
He just want to know how trusting you are. We are really sorry for
this and if not for the fact that the check have sent already. I want
you to try and keep eye on it and let me know when you receive it ok.
Thanks for the trust and understanding.
Kind Regards.''

I immediately put the text into Google and found this forum. Knew it was a scam, but thanks to you guys for verifying it! This cheque is going nowhere near me....


[Edited at 2011-11-02 23:52 GMT]


 
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Woodstock  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 15:37
Member (2005)
German to English
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Advance Fee Fraud Nov 3, 2011

Here's a lengthy Wikipedia article on this type of fraud:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance-fee_fraud

Is it my imagination or is this happening more and more these days? Seems there is now a daily post about this on ProZ.

I recommend opting out of allowing people who are not registered or logged in to contact you via ProZ in your ProZ e-mail settings. I haven't got a scam mail through ProZ since I did this several months ago.


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 15:37
Member (2009)
English to German
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Becoming a regular Nov 3, 2011

Woodstock wrote:


Is it my imagination or is this happening more and more these days? Seems there is now a daily post about this on ProZ.



No, it's not your imagination. This type of scam is becoming quite "popular".

A few months ago I received an email from someone in Italy (that's what she told me her location was anyway), she said that she was actually living in Spain but was staying in Italy for the next few months (Did I really need to know that?icon_eek.gif ) She wanted me to translate some documents into German because she intended to live in Germany after her stay in Italy (again, unnecessary information). We agreed on a price (mainly because I wanted to see how far she would go, and at that time I had just finished a large projecticon_smile.gif )

To cut a long story short, she wanted to send me a personal check which was to exceed the agreed upon amount by several hundred Euros, and asked me to keep the rest of the money ready for when she was to come to Germany.

Needless to say that not only my curiosity but also the email exchange stopped right then.

In another case, a customer wanted to pay in Euro Travellers' Checks.

Looks like the scammers are quite inventive. So stay clear.icon_biggrin.gif


 

Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:37
Member (2006)
French to English
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"Popular" scams Nov 3, 2011

The sad fact is that, since these scams (advance overpayment by cheque and request to return the balance) are so widespread now, they must occasionally be successful or they wouldn't continue - unless their perpetrators (First National Bunk of Nigeria, & Co.) simply find it a pleasant way of passing their spare time. Are translators more likely than others to receive these approaches, or does it happen in all businesses?
Sigh.
Jenny


 

Sarai73  Identity Verified
English to Swedish
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They don't give up easily... Nov 3, 2011

After I told Laura that I was not interested in her cheque since I knew it to be a scam, she's just sent me the following reply:

''I really understand your fear about this and i just want to assure you
that this is not a scam or something, you wont have any problem with
this in anyway. I can wait until the check been credited into your
account. The excess money might be for another assignment because i
still have one left which you will still help me out with. I'm really
sorry for this and please let me know when you receive it ok. Thanks''

Well, right...


 

Helena Grahn  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:37
Member (2006)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
So... sarah, how long ago was that? Nov 3, 2011

Sent her an email yesterday and so far she has been quiet...

I told her to call her uncle in Greece and cancel the cheque because I cannot do her translation anymore.


 

Sarai73  Identity Verified
English to Swedish
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It was yesterday Nov 4, 2011

that she sent the -mail. I didn't reply. I had previously asked her not to contact me again, but they're obviously desperate. I think it's just to ignore any correspondence from here on though. If receiving the cheque, just tear it up or return to sender. That's what I'll do anyway. Good luck!

 


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