New scam (Interpreting)
Thread poster: Livia Formisani

Livia Formisani  Identity Verified
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Jun 5, 2012

Hi all,

I have been away from for a while now, so I am not sure what is the best way to report a job offer which is looking very suspicious.

I have received a mass email from Proz a couple of weeks ago, from a client looking for an interpreter from EN to IT. At first it sounded legitimate, however as we exchanged some emails it became very clear to me that the offer was actually a scam. As it was tied to an interpreting activity to be held in the future I didn´t immediately recognize it, but now I received a request for my personal details to be sent in order to issue a check, and that, along with other previous elements, finally made me realize in which situation I was.

Now, I would like to report this user and his emails so it can be banned and his email address added to the Proz wiki, but I am not sure which way is the best - should I send a support request?

For all people who might find themselves in the same situation: I wouldn´t like to disclose details here for scammers to learn how to improve their communications, however there were several clues indicating a scam if you know what I mean. Beware, his/her English was actually good, with some minor mistakes, which from the tone one could easily think were due to haste and/or a busy work schedule (which he specifically mentioned).

Thank you in advance for your advice!

[Edited at 2012-06-05 13:33 GMT]

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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Hi Livia Jun 5, 2012

In such cases you should immediately contact the site staff with all details about the suspicious message (and profile, if any).

Please also don't forget to subscribe the scam alerts at


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