Do you think this is a scam?
Thread poster: Miloš Stojadinović

Miloš Stojadinović  Identity Verified
Serbia
Local time: 21:21
Member (2011)
Serbian to English
+ ...
Jul 17, 2012

Hello,

A few hours ago I received an offer to translate a word file, via my personal email (the email acually ended up in the Junk folder).

I will post the whole email body and my reply. Please advise if this is a scam.

His/her email: kenethcole1200@gmail.com

Subject: translator needed

Hello,
As am browsing through the profiles on www.translatorpub.com I
came across your profile,I kindly want you to translate one of my book
that I need to translate ,am a private investor. If you are interested
in translating for me kindly let me know the language you can handle
from English, kindly contact me back immediately you received my
message for more information about the project.
Thanks,
Regards


I was suspicious from the very start: gmail address, absolutely no information about the person, perhaps his/her company,...


I replied with:


Hello,

I am interested in cooperation with you.

I can handle English to Serbian and English to French combinations.

Before we consider details, could you please give me some details about you, your company, the project...

Best Regards,
--

..only to receive this (together with a .doc file, 6 pages, the last page cut in the middle of a sentence:



Attached is the project. Payment shall be in 2x .
First payment of 50%
and the balance of 50% on completion or a week to 2
weeks interval.
I await the total estimates and necessary details to
making the payment.
My client has chosen check payment this has been
method of payment
from the past.
Email me your
Name:
Address:
City:
Country
State:
Zip Code:
Phone:
The details above shall be used to forward the
payment to you.
Regards


What do you think? I am almost 100% sure this is a scam.


 

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

MODERATOR
100% scam Jul 17, 2012

Hi Miloš,

Make a search at this forum (i.e. Scams) for "Cole" - you will find lots of variations of the name and message text.

Natalia


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:21
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
100% scam... Jul 17, 2012

Delete and forget!icon_smile.gif

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 21:21
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
100% spam guaranteed Jul 17, 2012

These scammers never tell you anything about their company because...their company's name is SCAMMERS at gmail.com.

Just delete it and walk on.icon_smile.gif


 

Joakim Braun  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 21:21
German to Swedish
+ ...
Ask yourself Jul 17, 2012

Does he write and act like an investor?
Does he write like a writer?


 

Woodstock  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 21:21
Member (2005)
German to English
+ ...
Check payments Jul 17, 2012

should be flashing giant red lights. Classic scam using overpayment with a fraudulent check, then demanding the difference back before the check clears. You lose time and the money that may have been refunded. Don't touch it with a 10-foot pole.

 

Charlene Siffre  Identity Verified
France
Member (2012)
English to French
+ ...
IT IS A SCAM! Jul 17, 2012

IT IS ABSOLUTELY A SCAM!

I have received the exactly same template with the same response from stivenwilson@gmail.com
I have immediately reported on the translators scam alert reports.
http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/?curid=574&_click_=Y29tbWVudGluZ2ZlYXR1cmU6ODk5

Be careful!


 

Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 17:21
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
This is a classic overpayment scam Jul 17, 2012

Miloš Stojadinović wrote:

Please advise if this is a scam.

His/her email: kenethcole1200@gmail.com

Subject: translator needed

Hello,
As am browsing through the profiles on www.translatorpub.com I
came across your profile,I kindly want you to translate one of my book
that I need to translate ,am a private investor. If you are interested
in translating for me kindly let me know the language you can handle
from English, kindly contact me back immediately you received my
message for more information about the project.
Thanks,
Regards


Hi Miloš,

You can find a very similar scam in the scam alert report sent on June 15, 2012.

As a ProZ.com member you can subscribe to the messages from the translators scam alert center.

Regards,
Enrique Cavalitto


 

Miloš Stojadinović  Identity Verified
Serbia
Local time: 21:21
Member (2011)
Serbian to English
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
Thank you Jul 18, 2012

Thanks everyone for the replies. Just as I thought.

I subscribed to the messages from the translators scam alert center.

Turns out his/her IP address is private: 10.50.197.168

Once again, thanks for your help, you saved my time.

Miloš


 

Mariella Vanbaelen  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 21:21
Member (2012)
French to Dutch
+ ...
I also received a message... Jul 18, 2012

The man that sent me the message is Rocco Buttiglione (like the Italian politician lol).
Also with a gmail account, payment by check, a private IP number,...

He posted a job here on ProZ on July 5.
But the funny thing is that he had a profile on ProZ, with a comment of one translator who gave him a good quote! When the job was closed, I couldn't find his profile anymore...
He has only given me an address.

Here is what he wrote (he answered me July 9):

"Thank you for your interest. Sorry, i reply late, am sick.Here is the
> text.
>>
>> The delivery date is negotiable but must be done in 3weeks
>> ++ Can you state out your date of delivery and method in which you
>> will have all done
>> ++ please calculate the total amount, also state out the discount..
>>
>> I hope we can come to term for success of this project. Thank you
>>
>> Best regards"

And in his next message:
"Hello Mariella,
>
> I have checked your quote and i am pleased to tell you that i choose
> you to work on the project for we are in between a new business.I am a
> Private investor who work with local and few foreign business on short
> time business. Part payment will be issued out but will be paying via
> Check.My VAT is not ready,please add VAT
>
>
> Please provide your information for payment.
> Name.
> Address.
> City.
> Country.
> Phone."

Si I guess he is a scammer as well?

Thank you in advance!


 

phoenix-em (X)
Local time: 22:21
Bulgarian to English
+ ...
I received the same - SCAM Jul 20, 2012

Hello Milos and colleagues,

this morning I received absolutely the same mail, answered back and got an answer identical to yours.
100% scam

Best wishes,
Mariya Koleva, En>Bul translator
http://phoenix-em.com/mariyakoleva


 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:21
Member (2002)
Spanish to English
+ ...
gmail = delete Jul 20, 2012

You do not even have to open the e-mail.

 

Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 17:21
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
Many freelancers use free email services Jul 20, 2012

Jeff Whittaker wrote:
gmail = delete

You do not even have to open the e-mail.


This is a criterion. I do not share it. A corporate client should use corporate email addresses but a freelancer can contact you with a Yahoo or Gmail address. Then you need to do your homework to validate this person's identity.

Regards,
Enrique


 

Annamaria Amik  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:21
Romanian to English
+ ...
I tend to agree with Jeff Jul 20, 2012

I NEVER accept work from private individuals with free e-mail addresses. There is simply no way to verify the identity of someone thousands of miles away.
I can't possibly imagine a scenario where a legitimate individual client would use free e-mail. Well, I could imagine people with free e-mail wanting birth certificates etc. translated, but there is so little profit in such works that I simply don't bother.
They should at least have (paid) accounts with their internet provider for me to consider them as clients. After all, who are the likely individuals that could offer you profitable work = willing to pay your fees for bigger projects? Professors, lawyers, businesspeople, etc. = none of these would use free e-mail.


 


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

Moderator(s) of this forum
Alejandro Cavalitto[Call to this topic]

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Do you think this is a scam?

Advanced search







PerfectIt consistency checker
Faster Checking, Greater Accuracy

PerfectIt helps deliver error-free documents. It improves consistency, ensures quality and helps to enforce style guides. It’s a powerful tool for pro users, and comes with the assurance of a 30-day money back guarantee.

More info »
BaccS – Business Accounting Software
Modern desktop project management for freelance translators

BaccS makes it easy for translators to manage their projects, schedule tasks, create invoices, and view highly customizable reports. User-friendly, ProZ.com integration, community-driven development – a few reasons BaccS is trusted by translators!

More info »



Forums
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search