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Western Union Secret Shopper scam through ProZ member list
Thread poster: Tom Feise

Tom Feise  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 20:38
Member
English to German
+ ...
May 13, 2012

Header info from the email, it is quite obviously through the ProZ member list, originators IP address in the footer:
"This message was sent to you via the ProZ.com directory.
Sender: translatorskool
Sender's profile: http://proz.com/profile/1594835
Sender's IP address: 108.60.137.243"
This "new member" joined only today, so this is not a case of hijacking some member's account. Here is the scam text:
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Authentication-Results: hotmail.com; sender-id=neutral (sender IP is 96.47.67.46) header.from=myofficecontactt@gmail.com; dkim=none header.d=gmail.com; x-hmca=none
X-SID-PRA: myofficecontactt@gmail.com
Received: from forth.proz.com ([96.47.67.46]) by COL0-MC3-F41.Col0.hotmail.com with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.4900); Sat, 12 May 2012 17:55:02 -0700
Received: from mail by forth.proz.com with local (Exim 4.72 #1 (Debian)) id 1STN5S-0006al-47; Sun, 13 May 2012 00:55:02 +0000
Date: Sun, 13 May 2012 00:55:02 +0000 Message-Id:
To: "ProZ.com Member"
From: "translatorskool"
Subject: job for you
Content-type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed Return-Path: bounce-handler@proz.com X-OriginalArrivalTime: 13 May 2012 00:55:02.0877 (UTC) FILETIME=[079748D0:01CD30A3]

Good Morning,
I am an agent working with Secret Shopper® Europe
We are currently searching for Switzerland residents 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: [etc., the usual]

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

Yours Sincerely,
David Raggner
Secret Shopper®

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This message was sent to you via the ProZ.com directory.
Sender: translatorskool
Sender's profile: http://proz.com/profile/1594835
Sender's IP address: 108.60.137.243
To adjust your ProZ.com email preferences, visit this page:
http://proz.com/?sp=ef
For technical assistance, please submit a support request:
http://proz.com/support
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"]
End of scam email


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Béatrice Hodel  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 20:38
Member (2014)
German to French
+ ...
How many are we... May 13, 2012

Bonjour
J'ai moi aussi reçu un mail de ce genre ce matin:

***
Good day,

I just saw your profile on proz,
i have a job for you, i will like to know if you are available or
not.

Please get back to me if you are interested

Please keep in touch

Regards
myofficecontactt@gmail.com
***

Ne peut-on pas interdire ces pratiques?
Bonne journée à tous
xanado


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Barbara Carrara  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 20:38
Member (2008)
English to Italian
+ ...
Same Sender, Different Scam May 13, 2012

I received a message from the same sender (and a paying ProZ.com member as of today, as Tom already stated in his message)

From: translatorskool
Date: 13 May 2012 01:36
Subject: job for you
To: "ProZ.com Member"


Good day,

I just saw your profile on proz, i have a job for you, i will like to know if you are available or not.

Please get back to me if you are interested

Please keep in touch
Regards

myofficecontactt@gmail.com


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This message was sent to you via the ProZ.com directory.
Sender: translatorskool
Sender's profile: http://proz.com/profile/1594835
Sender's IP address: 108.60.137.243


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LorraineB  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:38
Italian to English
+ ...
Same scam letter as Barbara May 13, 2012

I got the same phoney job letter as Barbara. It stank immediately so I googled it and found these comments.
Dear proz.com please keep their money (if it is not on a stolen credit card!) and cancel their membership!


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Petra Mayra
Local time: 20:38
French to German
+ ...
same letter as Barbara May 13, 2012

I got the same letter as Barbara this morning.
I am not a paying member


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thierry niderman  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:38
Member (2007)
English to French
+ ...
Same scam May 13, 2012

Tout à fait..

Reçu le même message ce matin...Gardez l'argent et éjectez le petit malin ☺

Thierry


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Tom Feise  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 20:38
Member
English to German
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
the IP address of the poster May 13, 2012

IP Address Location
IP Address
108.60.137.243
City
Montclair
State or Region
New Jersey
Country
United States
ISP
Atlantic Metro Communications.


But then, there are ways and means to disguise the real IP, which would probably also fool the ProZ list mail server.


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Maria Isabel Pazos Gómez  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:38
Member (2007)
German to Spanish
+ ...
Got more or less the same message! May 13, 2012

Dear colleagues,

thanks for sharing, this makes it really easy,

Mabel


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Monia Di Martino
Italy
Local time: 20:38
Italian to English
+ ...
Same email May 13, 2012

Hello everybody,
I received the same email as Barbara, so it's phoney right?


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giodiomede  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 20:38
French to Italian
+ ...
Same message for me as well May 13, 2012

Hi all,

I got exactly the same message and went to check online.
No personal presentation, no presentation of the firm, no details about language combination and project.

Good that I found this site and got confirmation it was a scam!

I am a bit disappointed because I think that Proz should protect us better from scamming. Especially paying members.

Regards
Giovanna


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xxxdMike
Local time: 20:38
English to German
Same here ... May 13, 2012

I just got the same mail, the address made me suspicious so I googled the sender and luckily I found this page. Thanks everyone

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:38
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Same here May 13, 2012

I just received the following message:

From translatorskool myofficecontactt@gmail.com Sun, May 13, 2012 1:52 am
To (me, of course)

Good day,

I just saw your profile on proz,
i have a job for you, i will like to know if you are available or
not.

Please get back to me if you are interested

Please keep in touch

Regards

myofficecontactt@gmail.com

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This message was sent to you via the ProZ.com directory.
Sender: translatorskool
Sender's profile: http://proz.com/profile/1594835
Sender's IP address: 108.60.137.243


Although this brief email doesn't include the Western Union Secret Shoppers "info" yet!, it contains a few suspicious items.

1. Sender's IP address reveals the following location:
City Montclair
State or Region New Jersey
Country United States
ISP Atlantic Metro Communications.

2. This person claims to have seen my profile here on ProZ, but is unable to address me.

3. The missing signature

4. Poor English

I'm tempted to just let him/her know that we know about his/her scam.



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ibz  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:38
Member (2007)
English to German
+ ...
Same here May 13, 2012

Received more or less the same message three times this morning and alerted Proz. It's a nuisance!
Regards,
Irene


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Stephen Reader
Local time: 20:38
German to English
**********skool May 13, 2012

Same received here, c. 00:45 CEST, to "member"... ProZ...list"

(("From"-line)) ((**********))skool... ((all as in the other reports here))
(("Re:" - line)) job for you


Luckily, not v. sofisztikattet at least as far as message goes. And heartfelt apologies if this is someone who 'wouldn't be looking for a translator if it *had been* sophisticated, would they' - but the spread of recipients and of presumable target languages, and lack of any further sender or subject info., say otherwise. Not to mention the typical 'bank' scam.

Double brackets below, and content transcription within them, are mine.

bonne chance à tous

((to "Member... ProZlists... (regret lost 1st attempt at this report and had already deleted orig. e-mail by then! - But message still in temp. memory & pasted below) ))

((message))

Good day,
I just saw your profile on proz, i have a job for you, i will like to know if you are available or
not.
Please get back to me if you are interested
Please keep in touch Regards
//myofficecontactt ((at)) gmail ((dot)) com

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This message was sent to you via the ProZ.com directory.
Sender: ((**********))skool
Sender's profile: http://proz.com/profile/ ((one five nine four eight three five))
Sender's IP address: 108.6((zero, dot))137.243
To adjust your ProZ.com email preferences, visit this page:
http://proz.com/((Question mark sp equals))ef
For technical assistance, please submit a support request:
http://proz.com/support
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Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 20:38
English to German
+ ...
Same here May 13, 2012

Three (!) times this morning.

Rolf


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