nearly identical messages from different email addresses
Thread poster: Ildiko Santana

Ildiko Santana  Identity Verified
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Apr 14, 2012

I received three "job-related" messages via ProZ.com recently. Although the email addresses, names and IP addresses (underlined) are different, the texts are nearly identical. I suspect the same spammer behind these. I have reported all three to Staff, but I thought I would also share the copies with the forum. If you receive a similar message, proceed with caution.

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From: monglass34@hotmail.com
Date: March 23, 2012 7:22:35 AM PDT
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You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: monika [NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 41.155.66.53
Message type: Job-related
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Hello
,A translator is needed to translate a project book from
english to Hungarian language,should you be interested
contact me with your CV.

Warm Regards


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From: alan.ferguson17@yahoo.com
Date: March 23, 2012 8:23:24 AM PDT
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You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: Alan Ferguson [NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 41.155.40.97
Message type: Job-related
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Hello,
A translator is needed to translate a project book from
English to French language,The tittle of the book is project
management made easy and the total number of words are 17610
words.
should you be interested contact me with your CV.
warm regards,
Alan.


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From: jgateinc@hotmail.com
Date: April 13, 2012 11:49:24 PM PDT
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You have been sent a message via ProZ.com.
Author: John [NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 146.185.29.99
Message type: Job-related
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Hello
,A translator is needed to translate a project book from
english to Hungarian language,should you be interested
contact me with your CV.

Warm Regards


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Thank you, Ildiko Apr 14, 2012

IPs and emails blocked: this is evident scam (the first two emails are Nigerian).

Natalia


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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Definitely a scam Apr 14, 2012

I recognize the wording, especially this 'project book' — I too have (in the past) received several such messages, and I think this may already have been reported somewhere in these fora.

[Edited at 2012-04-14 15:51 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Thank you Apr 14, 2012

Hi Ildiko,

yes, this does smell like a scam. It's very unlikely that three different people will contact you with identical requests.

Fact is, all 3 IP addresses are located in Nigeria, beginning with 41.155.

IP Address Location
IP Address 41.155.66.53
City Lagos
State or Region Nigeria
Country Nigeria
ISP ASN for Starcomms.
Latitude & Longitude 6.492 3.373 MapG MapV
Domain starcomms.net

Good catch!

Enjoy your wekend.

Regards,
Thayenga


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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Not quite! Apr 14, 2012

Thayenga wrote:

Fact is, all 3 IP addresses are located in Nigeria, beginning with 41.155.



In fact, the third one, 146.185.29.99, is located in the UK, interestingly enough, on the Sheffield Digital Campus (which was implicated in a previous scam alert) — seemingly with a parent organization in the USA.

I do, however, suspect this may just be some kind of ISP, so is this knee-jerk widespread blocking running the risk of blocking wanted users too? I have experienced this problem with my ISP (Wanadoo.fr), with e-mails coming from a Wanadoo address being systematically blocked by a number of US ISPs

I hasten to add that I don't really understand how all this IP address stuff works, and I feel sure the clever guys and gals at ProZ.com have got it all sewn up; but it would be reassuring to have this sort of geeky stuff explained for us mere mortals (well, this mere mortal, at least!)


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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Another little plea Apr 14, 2012

While on the subject of IP addresses, could I make a plea to the powers-that-be to make a link to the / a 'who is' facility more prominently available on the site? I seem to remember there used to be such a link, but can't for the life of me find it now — but as this seems to be an increasing problem, I feel sure this would be a useful self-help tool in the war against scamming. Why not even include it in e-mails sent out, like the 'scam report' etc. links at the bottom of each mail: "Find out where this mail originates from"

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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IP addresses Apr 14, 2012

Tony M wrote:

Thayenga wrote:

Fact is, all 3 IP addresses are located in Nigeria, beginning with 41.155.



In fact, the third one, 146.185.29.99, is located in the UK, interestingly enough, on the Sheffield Digital Campus (which was implicated in a previous scam alert) — seemingly with a parent organization in the USA.

.....

I hasten to add that I don't really understand how all this IP address stuff works, and I feel sure the clever guys and gals at ProZ.com have got it all sewn up; but it would be reassuring to have this sort of geeky stuff explained for us mere mortals (well, this mere mortal, at least!)


This might well be, Tony. However, there is software with which you can hide your actual IP address. With this software your IP address can change every 2 - 10 minutes, showing you as being located in different countries across the globe. In order to detect the actual IP address, you'd have to go through the list of fake IP's, sometimes more than 4 or 4 Proxies.

Best,
Thayenga


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