Another scam? From a certain John Smith...
Thread poster: Dominic Galante

Dominic Galante
United States
Local time: 15:56
Latin to English
+ ...
May 17, 2012

Today received and exchanged emails with a prospective client. The grammar/style is atrocious and the email was sent from a proxy IP address. The email address is, which doesn't seem to be an address anyone would voluntarily choose. Nor does "John" sign his last name to any email. He claims he is working on "short time businesses" (short term?) in London, and is a private investor with a book to translate. Any one else have experience with this?

I don't think it's someone with whom I will be doing business. Beware if other, similar emails pop up.

Below are transcripts.

A translator is needed to translate a project book from
English to Latin.Should you be interested contact me with
your CV.


Thanks for your urgent response. I am looking for a translator to work on the pair stated for the new book that I am working on.I have chosen you to work on the project for we are in-between a new business that will require us to write out in Latin.I will attached the project if u are ready, just want you to have an understanding of what we are about to do.
I am a private investor, I work on short time businesses.
my address is

46 Belgrave Rd
Zip Code: E11 3QW,
Country: UK

Now I guess you have an idea of whom you about to deal with.The delivery date is negotiable but must be before July 25, 2012.The total number of words are ... 17610 words.So, to convert from English to Latin,the project is not as big for the time range given, that is because I plan ahead of time.

Kindly state your readiness to translate the document
Your best price should be stated and total calculation in USD
Categorically, state your city and country of residence?
Your contact phone
Your terms of payment?
I hope we can come to term for the success of this project.

Best regards,


Natalie  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:56
Member (2002)
English to Russian
+ ...

Hi Dominic May 17, 2012

This 'client' must suffer from serious sclerosis... he forgets his name rather frequently.

If serious - of course, this is a scammer, please take a look at

And don't forget to subscribe to scam alerts at



Tony M
Local time: 21:56
French to English
+ ...
Key words May 17, 2012

I too have received several similar requests in the past; key expressions to arouse suspicion are 'chosen' (why not 'selected'?) and 'project book' (what exactly is that?)

However, if you have the slightest suspicion that something might be a scam, do resist the temptation to reply to it; doing so only confirms the validity of your e-mail address (thus opening you to further spams and scams) — and also validates for the scammer that this method is likely to work...


Annamaria Amik  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:56
Romanian to English
+ ...
Plus the future tense May 18, 2012

Will require, will attached (even if incorrect) - these future tense structures also seem to show up very frequently in scams.


Dominic Galante
United States
Local time: 15:56
Latin to English
+ ...
Thanks May 18, 2012

Thanks all. I checked the scams wiki and noticed that the same address has been used in previous scams. There were all similar emails from different, obviously fake email addresses.

The first indicator that this was a scam is that anyone would propose to translate a book into Latin!


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