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SCAM warning: David Baker Secret Shopper®
Thread poster: Ines Cunha Jorge

Ines Cunha Jorge  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 23:20
Member (2005)
English to Portuguese
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Nov 18, 2011

Be aware of davidbaker9000@gmail.com - this is another overpayment fraud.
This person registered in Proz.Com a few days ago.

Here is his message:

Good Morning,
I am an agent working with Secret Shopper® Europe
We are currently searching for English speakers in EUROPE to help us with our survey.
Currently, we have been paid to evaluate the services of a prestigious company which
is the WESTERN UNION.
JOB SUMMARY:
The WESTERN UNION is a company that offers money transfer services.
The sole aim of this job is to evaluate the services of WESTERN UNION in your area.
We have received a lot of reports about their poor services.
Hence i will give you a detailed job description in key points.
1. You are to locate a western union office you intend to evaluate.( If you need a list of WESTERN UNION in your area please specify.)
2. A cheque would be sent to you to enable you have funds that would be transferred to another mystery shopper like you who would be evaluating another western union office in his / her location
3. You deposit the cheques into your account.
4. You deduct your wage of 200Eur
5. You transfer the balance (after the subtraction of your wage and possible bank charges) to the name and address that would be attached to the cheque.
*NOTE* during the transfer process, you observe key things that would be sent to you inform of a questionnaire via email/post to enable you give us a detailed feed back of the whole process.
6. After the transfer, you fill out the questionnaire and give a general comment about the whole process.
The reports would be based on how true/false the complains of these worried customers.
Materials needed for the evaluation would be posted to you.
Hence your duties would be to go to a WESTERN UNION outlet in your locality as a customer.
You do not require any experience in this field as detailed guidelines
would be given to you to ensure a successful completion.
This role would pay 200Eur per Evaluation.
Your details would undergo security checks before the position is granted to you.
First Name:
Last Name:
Age:
Address:
City:
Country:
Postal Code:
Mobile Number:
Home Phone:
Current occupation:
Email Address:
We await your urgent response. Thank you for your help, we look forward to working with you.
Yours Sincerely,

David Baker
Secret Shopper®
+447965658971


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 00:20
Member (2009)
English to German
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A definite scam Nov 18, 2011

If nothing else in this email, the words "You transfer the balance" clearly reveal the scam nature of this "job".

[Edited at 2011-11-18 09:35 GMT]


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 00:20
Spanish to English
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New tricks Nov 18, 2011

This is a refined version of a classic scam targetting unwary translators. I believe there is a forum somewhere on proz about it but I can't find the link...

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Annamaria Amik  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:20
Romanian to English
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Incredible... Nov 18, 2011

I'm in awe at how creative these guys can get...

Why don't they send you the money via Western Union? One could evaluate WU services perfectly that way too, no need for an intermediary check

[Edited at 2011-11-18 12:04 GMT]


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Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:20
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Kind of surprising such scammers haven't contracted native English speakers.... Nov 18, 2011

...with something above a second-grade level of language proficiency to write their mass-distributed messages. Surely the extra money involved in such an investment would be justified in terms of the added credibility acquired.

BLESSINGS OF GOD TO YOU!



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Peter Shortall  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:20
Member
French to English
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Shopper? Nov 18, 2011

Any excuse to get us going to our local branch of Western Union! Only I wouldn't really call it "shopping"...

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Paula Jalonen  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 00:20
Finnish to Swedish
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I was contacted yesterday. Nov 19, 2011

Hi!

Just to give a extra warning, I got this same spam mail from Translators cafe. They just get your email from there and contact you just as if it was a regular jobb.
"Swedish speakers wanted..."

If you contact them , then they send you this "selling" mail.

Paula


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jyuan_us  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:20
Member (2005)
English to Chinese
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By looking at his full name Nov 19, 2011

you should be alerted this is a possible scam. it is too common and regular, hence very likely a fake name.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 00:20
Member (2009)
English to German
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False name Nov 20, 2011

jyuan_us wrote:

you should be alerted this is a possible scam. it is too common and regular, hence very likely a fake name.


I've received an email from someone with an existing real name, except that the provided name and the address didn't match. And this scammer intended to pay with Travelers' checks.


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Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 00:20
English to German
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I just got exactly the same Scam... Nov 21, 2011

...from a "Thomas Guilford". Same number +447965658971.

Beware!

[Bearbeitet am 2011-11-21 07:56 GMT]


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Valery Kaminski  Identity Verified
Belarus
Local time: 02:20
Member (2006)
English to Russian
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names Nov 21, 2011

jyuan_us wrote:

By looking at his full name you should be alerted this is a possible scam. it is too common and regular, hence very likely a fake name.


The scammer must be skimming what people say in fora. I got the same message from a Pius Palmer which looks like a homework done on a "too common and regular" name.


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PROSGR  Identity Verified
Greece
Local time: 01:20
Member (2009)
Italian to Greek
+ ...
via proz.com... Nov 21, 2011

Rolf Kern wrote:

...from a "Thomas Guilford". Same number +447965658971.

Beware!

[Bearbeitet am 2011-11-21 07:56 GMT]


This "Thomas Guilford" is a paying proz.com member!


[Edited at 2011-11-24 19:53 GMT]


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Goldcoaster  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 00:20
Member (2008)
German to English
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Beware Thomas Guilford - Secret Shopper Nov 21, 2011

Hi Colleagues

I received the same mail from a Thomas Guilford.

On my research of Secret Shopper I came across the following alert and URL:

https://www.secretshopper.com/info/shoppers/ScamAlert.asp

Don't fall victim to this outrageous scam!!

Best regards

Rolf (Goldcoaster)

[Edited at 2011-11-24 19:33 GMT]


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Esa Argillander  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 01:20
English to Finnish
Secret Shopper® Nov 24, 2011

I just received the same e-mail from "Mark Grannum",


This guy contacted me yesterday via Proz.com mailing system:

Hello,
>
> I need a translator who Understands English and Finnish to
> help me with some project.
> Are you available at the moment,so we could proceed?
>
> I expect your urgent response.
>
> Best Regards,
>

[Edited at 2011-11-25 06:31 GMT]


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Andrei Yefimov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 01:20
English to Russian
+ ...
same here Nov 24, 2011

Today I've been contacted by parkinsjerkins who I have immediately identified as a scammer. What worries me though is that he/she bothered to pay a membership, and some fellow translators, especially newcomers, may easily fall into this pitfall.

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