Scammer using proz (ARCHIJAMESBALD)
Thread poster: Beatrice Chavarria

Beatrice Chavarria  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 02:30
English to Spanish
+ ...
Feb 9, 2012

I received the following e-mail this morning, what bothers me the most is that this person actually joined Proz to use the directory. I'm also submitting contacting the proz staff about it. I believe there is no doubt about how fishy this whole "opportunity" is. It's not even a clever scam...
In any case, be careful everyone...


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Hi,

We have an evaluation project in the whole of Europe which
involves me communicating with someone who understands English.

Could you please inform me about your availability.
More information about this evaluation is below.
Thans

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.

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.


* 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.)

* A cheque would be sent to you to enable you to have funds that
would be transferred to another individual
like you who would be evaluating another Western Union office in
his / her location.

* You deposit the cheques into your account.


* You deduct your wage of 200Eur.
* 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 to give us detailed feed back of the whole process.


* 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 complaints of
these worried customers are.

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: Email Address:

We await your urgent response. Thank you for your help, we look
forward to working with you.

Best Regards,
James Archibald
+447956968663
+442081446028




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Sender's profile: http://proz.com/profile/1545869
Sender's IP address: 188.221.225.79
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 02:30
Spanish to English
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Getting better Feb 9, 2012

[quote]Beatrice Chavarria wrote:

I received the following e-mail this morning, what bothers me the most is that this person actually joined Proz to use the directory. I'm also submitting contacting the proz staff about it. I believe there is no doubt about how fishy this whole "opportunity" is. It's not even a clever scam...
In any case, be careful everyone...


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Wow! They are actually improving the standard of text in their scam! I noticed no spelling mistakes at first glance...

Still obviously the classic WU scam though, thanks for pointing it out.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 02:30
Spanish to English
+ ...
Googled the phone number Feb 9, 2012

And got several scam-related hits:

Neuer Scam - Übersetzer Lounge | XINGwww.xing.com › ...
Guy Fernadez Secret Shopper® +447956968663 ---------------------------------------- This message was sent to you via the ProZ.com directory.

SCAM warning: David Baker Secret Shopper® (Scams)www.proz.com › Translation - art & business › ScamsCached

Thank you for your help, we look forward to working with you. Best Regards, Tom Barker Secret Shopper® +447956968663. BE CAREFUL!

Thank you for your help, we look forward to working with you. Best Regards, Guy Fernadez Secret Shopper® +447956968663 ...


 

Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 21:30
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
Thanks for reporting this Feb 9, 2012

Thanks Beatrice for reporting this. The scamming profile has been rendered inactive and it was associated with the Blue Board page linked to this particular scam so that any visiting translator will be properly warned.

Regards,
Enrique


 

Aradai Pardo Martínez  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 19:31
Swedish to Spanish
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I received the same one today! Feb 9, 2012

Thanks for reporting it. I was about to do it!

 

Beatrice Chavarria  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 02:31
English to Spanish
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TOPIC STARTER
Quick reaction Feb 9, 2012

I'm just glad that Proz members/staff deal with this kind of thing very promptly.
These scammers have been at it for a long time and they keep popping up one way or another. They'll keep refining their approaches, so the only thing we can do is warn others, I guess, especially newcomers.
Thank you for all your responses and let's all be careful.

Have a great day everyone!


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 02:31
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Thank you Feb 10, 2012

Enrique wrote:

Thanks Beatrice for reporting this. The scamming profile has been rendered inactive and it was associated with the Blue Board page linked to this particular scam so that any visiting translator will be properly warned.

Regards,
Enrique


That ProZ has linked known scam profiles to the BB is a good way to inform and warn all translators. Another way might be a post on the start page to beware of WU scammers, especially the newcomers.

Thank you for posting it again, Beatrice. There's no such thing as posting this scam "too often".icon_biggrin.gif


 

christela (X)
Got the same e-mail May 25, 2012

Signature was Florian Cornhill

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Sujet: English Speaker Needed for Evaluation Project.
Date : Thu, 24 May 2012 23:05:04 +0100
De : Florian Cornhill
Pour : undisclosed-recipients:;


Good Evening,

We have an evaluation project in Europe which involves me communicating with an Individual who understands English.
We are to evaluate the services of the Western Union

(...)

Warm Regards,
F.Cornhill
+442081446028

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Warning: this is money laundering, presented as a language-related job.


 

Sandra Petch
Local time: 02:31
French to English
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Florian Cornhill returns May 30, 2012

I just this second received an email from "Florian Cornhill" who is looking for a personal assistant and requests I reply to his email.

I googled the name and came to this page.

Just to let ProZ and users know that the scam continues in a different form, using email addresses from the ProZ directory.


 


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