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Daniel Cole from Anchorage scam
Thread poster: David Andersen

David Andersen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 20:53
Indonesian to English
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May 1, 2012

A few days ago I got the following message from Daniel Cole:

Hello,
How are you doing today and am Daniel Cole.I want to know if you will be available for translation and from English to which language can you translate to,get back to me also how much do you charge per word.Hope to read from you soonest.

In hindsight, it should have been suspicious that it was sent bcc, and he didn't know which language I translated, even though he found my on a freelance website.

My wife, who translates for another language, got the identical message.

When I replied mentioning my language and maximum rate, I received the following message:


Hello,
Thanks for your swift response and am very happy to read from you,i want it to translate it and from English to Indonesian also let me know the total cost.

The document is base on drug so we want to use to it to create more awareness on drug for those who abuse it and the article will be read by teenagers.

I want it back in 20 days however the payment will be through Check which is in Aud $ so send me your name and address with phone number where the payment will be mail to and am ready to make deposit so you can start with the translation soonest,hope to hear read from you soon.

I wish you a pleasant day.

Regards,
DC.

Daniel Cole
905 Richardson Vista Rd
Anchorage, AK 99501,
USA.

He attached a 2500 word document of drugs and their affect on the brain. I was a bit dubious about the payment by check. But I sent my address and phone number. I also asked about the audience of the document. I said the language was a bit formal; would teenagers want to read it.

I got no response for two days, so I emailed again asking if he wanted me to go ahead.

I got this brief response:

Thanks for getting back and you can get started.

But he didn't answer any of my questions about audience or how the document would be used.
Then my wife and I got a bit more suspicious, and did a search on "Daniel Cole" Anchorage, and found the following website:
http://www.danbirlew.com/daniel-cole-scam-now-targeting-writers/

So I realized it was a scam, and that he would probably send me a check for more than the amount of work, and then claim it was an overpayment, and ask me to send money back.
I was glad I had only translated one sentence of the document.

There are two things I'm wondering about now. Should I send a final email message back to him (and what would it say), or should I just go mum? I'm inclined to do the latter.

Also inthe danbirlew website it says,
Unfortunately I’d already given them my name and address, so they have information they can use to try to steal my identity. Now I have to spend a few hours on the phone alerting my bank and the major credit monitoring services to protect my ID.

I have also given my address and phone number, but I'm puzzled how that will enable him to steal my ID, and what I might tell me bank. Do I need to do something to protect my ID from Daniel Cole?

Hope others who read this will be on the alert.

Sincerely,
David


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Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 20:53
Member (2008)
English to Russian
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the same message May 1, 2012

Hi David,

I have recently recieved exactly the same message from the same person. It is obvious that he/she has used Proz.com because it was sent to my addresses associated with Proz.com (my husband has not received it so it is not via NAATI's directory).

I have heard about this type of scam so I have simply igonered it.


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Aisling O'Callaghan
English to Irish
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I also received the same message... May 1, 2012

It's always best to ignore these emails J. I don't see how they could steal your ID using basic personal information but it never hurts to be safe rather than sorry.

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:53
English to German
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Don't worry. May 1, 2012

David Andersen wrote:
Unfortunately I’d already given them my name and address, so they have information they can use to try to steal my identity. Now I have to spend a few hours on the phone alerting my bank and the major credit monitoring services to protect my ID.

I have also given my address and phone number, but I'm puzzled how that will enable him to steal my ID, and what I might tell me bank. Do I need to do something to protect my ID from Daniel Cole?


Your name and your phone number are information that can already be found in any phone book, online and all over the world. Nobody can steal your identity. You did not provide any banking information, right?

Best,

Nicole


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David Andersen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 20:53
Indonesian to English
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TOPIC STARTER
Reassured May 1, 2012

Thanks, Nicole for that reassurance. I also thought the same, so I was puzzled by why Dan Birlew felt he had to be ringing the bank. I didn't give any banking details. From now on, I'll be more on the alert to ignore emails when something seems odd.

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Usch Pilz
Local time: 11:53
English to German
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Method of payment May 1, 2012

Hi,
sorry you received one of those bogus offers. They just steal our time and make us angry. Furious.

Since November I had 3 of these, and after replying extensively to the first one - giving my name, number .... and then being offered the overpayment-cheque which I refused, I have now changed my approach.

If the job offer seems dubious, I don't reply at all or I point out the methods of payment - deeply and sincerely regretting that cheques of whatever form will not be accepted. Due to a lot of sad dealings with this kind of payment.

Usually I never hear from those guys again.

Unfortunately lots of them seem to use proz.com as a gateway.

Best - Usch


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Enrique Cavalitto
Local time: 07:53
SITE STAFF
Can you share their IP address? May 1, 2012

Hi colleagues!

When a scam is identified then not answering to their messages is the safest policy.

Could any of you share the IP address associated with these messages? You can learn about IP addresses at this wiki article.

Sharing the information is a way of keeping the community protected. I will issue a scam alert on this case. The information being collected in our scam alert messages is becoming a good resource for getting familiar with the content and style used by scammers targetting our industry. ProZ.com members can subscribe to the scam alert messages.

Kind regards,
Enrique


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David Andersen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 20:53
Indonesian to English
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TOPIC STARTER
scam message number 3 May 1, 2012

I don't know how to access the IP address, but here is the email address:
coledaniel@y7mail.com

I got a followup message yesterday, which makes the nature of the scam even clearer:

Morning,
Thanks for your mail and how is your day going? Some people request for translation to be done and run away with your money,i do have a personal translation but right now she is sick that is why am looking for a competent and trustworthy translation.I have gave a job to a translation and paid him advance and he did run away with my money and i don't want to be a victim anymore but am ready to give you a chance which i will pay you upfront because there are many jobs we are going to do together.This is a charity which help less privilege kid around there world also the money is needed for Republic of Vanuatu relief,I hope you understand me.

However,my sponsor notify me that the money order has mail out and there was a mistake with the amount which is 2700 Aud so what i want you to do know is get it cashed and you will send the difference back to us after you have deduct your money so you will send it to us through western union,you are saving a million lives and may God almighty bless you as you do so.Awaits your mail soon.

I wish you a pleasant day ahead

Regards


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Hannelore Mersc
English to German
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Daniel Cole from Anchorage scam May 2, 2012

I received exactly the same translation offer and subsequent e-mails and realized this might be a scam.
The last e-mail I received was exactly the same ad David Andersen got. This e-mail came from:stvd.17@gmail.com . The first e-mail came from eaxactly the same e-mail as David Andersen mentioned.

Thank you for your information which confirmed my suspicion.

Regards,
Hanna


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Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 11:53
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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MODERATOR
IP required! May 2, 2012

Could anybody please provide the IP number, or forward the messages you received either to Enrique or me?

Also, please note that "Daniel Cole" calls himself also "Williams Greene" and uses the email addresses wgreene17@ymail.com and stvd.17@gmail.com (don't forget to check email addresses in Google, you can often get interesting information!)

Natalia


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Maria Ramon  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:53
Dutch to English
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Tell them you know it is a scam! May 2, 2012

When I get or rather, used to get these e-mails I knew it was a scam and I replied telling them I knew they were trying to scam me and that I have forwarded their e-mail address and other information to all law enforcement agencies in the USA and international law enforcement agencies such as Interpol.

Never heard from them again and during about a year by now I have never received another scam e-mail.

I guess it worked just great!

Try it too - it is free!

I have been scammed a couple of times with e-mails that did not look or sound like a scam at all; fortunately not for very large amounts, the largest was $ 183.00 and that was a couple of years ago and 1 time last year or the year before by some 'Agatha something'.

When I receive an e-mail that seems suspicious I first try to find out everything I can about the sender and if the sender is not forthcoming I don't take the job unless they pay me upfront via PayPal or Moneybookers with instant payment, not a check.
This has worked great for me.

I hope this may help you all also.

Happy translating!

[Edited at 2012-05-02 12:30 GMT]


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Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 11:53
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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MODERATOR
'Daniel Cole' is actually in Lagos, Nigeria May 2, 2012

Thanks to one of the colleagues who has forwarded me the emails I can tell you that 'Daniel Cole' is located in Lagos, Nigeria, and uses (at least) the following IPs:
82.128.81.43
82.128.2.253
82.128.3.160

Natalia


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xxxMiriamT  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:53
English to German
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scam- Gregory Laventure-Anchorage May 4, 2012

Dear colleagues:

I have received the same scam today, but this time his name is Gregory Laventure from Anchorage.

Here is his approach after I required a bit more information:

Hello,
Thanks for your swift response and am very happy to read
from you,i want it to translate it and from English to German also let
me know the total cost.

The document is base on drug so we want to use to it to create more
awareness on drug for those who abuse it and the article will be read
by teenagers.

I want it back in 20 days however the payment will be through Check
which is drawn from US bank so send me your name and address with
phone number where the payment will be mail to and am ready to make
deposit so you can start with the translation soonest,hope to hear
read from you soon.

I wish you a pleasant day.

Regards,
GL.


It seems these people never give up. Please be aware!



[Edited at 2012-05-04 08:54 GMT]


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Enrique Cavalitto
Local time: 07:53
SITE STAFF
Thanks for sharing this information May 4, 2012

MiriamT wrote:

Dear colleagues:

I have received the same scam today, but this time his name is Gregory Laventure from Anchorage.


Dear Miriam,

Thanks for sharing this! If you can share the email address used by the scammers to write to you, I will add this information to the corresponding scam alert report.

Regards,
Enrique


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rkirstein
United States
Local time: 05:53
English to Lithuanian
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Gregory Laventure May 4, 2012

My Gregory Laventure cold inquiry came May 3, same exact no-language translation request and teen drug article. Follow-up next day again verbatim with letter posted earlier here, except with my language inserted. Thanks community for the help!!

His sender info from "Alaska" was:

(sender IP is 74.125.83.46) header.from=bargainlink001@gmail.com


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