University assignment scam
Thread poster: Nina Khmielnitzky

Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:50
Member (2004)
English to French
Nov 8, 2011

My spider senses were tingling when I got this email today. It sounds pretty much like a scam.

1st email from "client": Am in need of your translation service; I got your page on

My reply: Hi "Client", Can you tell me more about your project?

"Client's" reply (not edited):
How are you doing today? and thanks for getting back to me.. I'm a University Student, the attachment was an assignment given to me so i want you to view it and let me have your Quote's for the translation service. More so i want it to be ready as soon as possible cos i will
need to submit it in 20days time.
Looking forward to read from you.
The text had close to 7,000 words.

It sounded so fishy, that I declined politely saying that I could not do her translation assignment, as it would be considered cheating. Plus, I doubt a university student can afford the cost of such a project.

What are your thoughts?


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George Trail  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:50
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I think it's a scam Nov 8, 2011

If they're a student, they should know better than to write "let me have your Quote's" or "More so i want it". Believe me, bad English is one of the first signs of a scammer (they are especially common in Nigeria).

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Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:50
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I agree Nov 8, 2011

I saw another thread about this very topic. Anyway, when I can't verify if a client is legitimate, I simply decline.

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